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Russian Cellist, Dmitri Kouzov, to Perform with the Minnesota Sinfonia

Minneapolis, MN, January 17, 2013 --( International Beethoven Competition winner, Dmitry Kouzov to be the featured soloist with the Minnesota Sinfonia this coming February. Mr. Kouzov to perform Tchaikovsky's “Variations on a Rococo Theme, opus 33”, a work dedicated to a colleague of Tchaikovsky's from the Moscow Conservatory. Concerts will be held at Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior in Faribault Minnesota on February 14, Founders Hall at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul on February 15 and Temple Israel in Minneapolis on February 17.

In addition to Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations,” the program will also feature Sinfonia Commission and World Premiere, “Overture to an Emerald,” by local composer and Sinfonia clarinetist, Paul Schulz. This composition was funded by a generous grant from the McKnight Foundation. Also on the program, will be “Serenade for Strings, opus 12” by Victor Herbert.

Concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 at the Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior, 515 2nd Avenue in Faribault, Minnesota, 7 p.m. on Friday, February 15 at Founders Hall at Metropolitan State University, 700 East 7th Street in St. Paul, and 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 17 at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Avenue South in Minneapolis. Admission is free and children are always welcome for all performances. Audience members should arrive early—all concerts are first-come, first-seated.

A versatile performer, cellist Dmitry Kouzov has performed on five continents with orchestras, in solo and duo recitals, and in chamber music concerts. He has appeared with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia), the National Symphony of Ukraine, the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic (Czech Republic), and the Symphony Orchestra “Classica” (Russia), to name but a few. He was awarded First Prize at the International Beethoven Competition in the Czech Republic and he is a two-time laureate of the International Festival-Competition “Virtuosi of the Year 2000” in Russia . He is a winner of the New York Cello Society Rising Star Award. His credits include numerous performances at many prominent concert venues throughout his native Russia, including both St. Petersburg Philharmonic Halls, the conservatoire halls of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and the Mariinsky Theater. Mr. Kouzov made his New York orchestral debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2005, under the baton of Maestro Raymond Leppard. Since that time, he has also made recital appearances in New York at 92nd Street Y and Bargemusic. Mr. Kouzov first performed with the Sinfonia two years ago, and after a very successful debut, he has been enthusiastically re-engaged for this season.

Additional Minnesota Sinfonia concert information is available at 612-871-1701 or

The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra whose mission is to serve the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, especially families with children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means. The Sinfonia plays concerts for over 25,000 people each year, and is the only professional orchestra of its kind, offering all concerts free of admission charges, welcoming children to every performance, and dedicating over half its services to inner-city schools. Recent accolades include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help support the orchestra’s free admission/children welcome policies. Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Jay Fishman, the Minnesota Sinfonia is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributors. For more information, to make a donation, or for a list of upcoming performances, visit or call 612-871-1701.

For Calendars: Minnesota Sinfonia, Variations on a Theme: featuring Dmitry Kouzov, cello. Thursday, February 14, 7:30pm, Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior, 515 2nd Avenue, Faribault, MN 55021. Friday, February 15, 7pm, Founders Hall, Metropolitan State University, 700 East 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55106. Sunday, February 17, 4pm, Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405. Free. 612.871.1701.
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