Russian Jewish Life

Russian Jewish Life

The Russian Jewish Life (RJL) program at the JCC provides educational opportunities that focus on American and Jewish culture, American and Israeli history, the Jewish religion, traditions and holidays. RJL also seeks to preserve Russian culture by offering lectures, literary and musical events, field trips, dance programs and more.

Upcoming RJL Events

Anastasia Rizikov - Classical Piano 
Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 3 p.m.

The Berman Center for the Performing Arts 
For tickets please visit: The Berman Online 

A bit about the artist...

At age seven, Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov made her orchestral debut with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Mykola Diadiura, after earning first place at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition. Now 18, Anastasia is already showing signs of being “one to watch”. With over 30 orchestral performances and 20 concerti in her repertoire, Anastasia has already played with such major orchestras as Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and City of Granada Orchestra, and has worked with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Alain Trudel, and Bernhard Gueller, to name a few.

Competing and winning over musicians twice her age, Anastasia placed first in the following: the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, along with audience and best interpretation of E. Pozzoli prizes (Italy, 2015); the Jaén International Piano Competition, as well as the audience prize and two others for best interpretations (Spain, 2015); the 13th «Giuliano Pecar» International Prize for Piano Interpretation Competition (Italy, 2013); and the Rotary International Piano Competition (Spain, 2011), among others.

Anastasia’s concert schedules have taken her all over Europe, Asia, the United States, and Canada, where she has played in such prestigious halls and spaces such as Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Fazioli Hall, Hong Kong City Hall and the Kremlin. Always interested in diverse and exciting projects, she has had various performance opportunities:  In 2015 alone, Ms. Rizikov recorded a CD with NAXOS, and performed at the prestigious Verbier and Orford Festivals; in 2014, she tackled Rachmaninoff’s immense Piano Concerto No. 3 with Laval Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alain Trudel; while in the fall of 2013, Anastasia gave 20 performances over two weeks throughout all the Atlantic provinces of Canada as winner of the prestigious Debut Atlantic Award.

Adept in English, Russian, Ukrainian (and working towards mastering her French), Anastasia has given interviews for many major newspapers as well as live television shows. In 2017, she began studies at École Normale de Musique de Paris with Professor Rena Shereshevskaya, and from 2003-2017 she studied with Professor Maia Spis at the Nadia Music Academy, Toronto.  She has played in master classes for Sergei Babayan, Arie Vardi, and Robert Levin, and has worked with András Schiff, Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, and Olga Kern. Though moments away from piano are rare, she enjoys reading 19th-century literature, studying visual art, and listening to recordings of 20th-century performers. Being a person who loves and understands her audience, she dreams of being able to share her unique musical voice with the entire world.

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