Slavic Motives

An Evening of Cello & Piano with Egor Antonenko and Alex Poliykov

Sunday, July 9
4:00 pm

M. Steinert & Sons’ Natick Performance Center
Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street
Natick, MA  01760

You are cordially invited to join us for a special concert blending the classically elegant sounds of piano and cello, through the talents of cellist Egor Antonenko and pianist Alex Poliykov.

Attendance at this concert is free, but seating is limited. Please reserve your place by clicking here, or calling (508) 655-7373.


Egor Antonenko
Russian born cellist, has distinguished himself internationally as a versatile soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Mr. Antonenko made his solo debut at the age of eight years old, performing with the Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra.

He continued to perform with many of the prestigious Eastern European orchestras including the Moscow and Ryazan chamber orchestras, and the Petrozavodsk, Yaroslavi and Volograd Symphonies. Egor has made his American orchestral solo debut with the Longy School of Music of Bard College Symphony performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto and most recently, performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra.

As a recitalist, Mr. Antonenko has performed in Moscow’s famed Great Hall, the Pavel Slobodkin Center at the Russian Embassy of the Czech Republic, the State Conservatory of Glazunov Hall and Sanders Theater at Harvard University, Symphony Hall, Bohemian National Hall in NYC, as well as in Jordan Hall from the New England Conservatory and Breaker’s Hall in Newport, Rhode Island.
As a soloist, Mr. Antonenko has performed under the baton of Marius Stravinsky, Leon Botstein and Miguel Etchegoncelay amongst many others.

He has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including the International Competition of Moscow’s Young Musicians “Rising Stars”, the 18 th “Citi di Barletta” Italian International Young Artist Competition, Longy School of Music of Bard College Concerto Competition, Syracuse University Concerto Competition and “Gradus ad Parnassum” of Lithuania II International competition.

Collaborative appearances include the Newport and Lyrica chamber music festivals and the International Music Festival of St. Marks. Mr. Antonenko received diplomas from the Moscow State Conservatory and Central Music School as a student of Maria Zhuravleva, an undergraduate diploma in cello performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College as a student of Dr. Terry King and currently continues his studies at the Setnor School of Music from Syracuse University as Teaching Assistant to his mentor Dr. King.

In 2016, Mr. Antonenko performed and managed over two hundred chamber music concerts in more than 30 countries for a partnership between the Lincoln Center Stage and the Holland America Line. He also participated in a live performance collaboration between BBC Earth and Holland America Line for a documentary series known as “Frozen Planet Live”.

Mr. Antonenko is currently a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra under maestro Benjamin Zander, he is also principal cellist of Lyrica chamber orchestra and has participated as acting principal cellist with Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Alex Poliykov
Ukrainian Pianist, Conductor and Pedagogue.

He received his education from National Music Academy of Ukraine named after P.I. Tchaikovsky having separate completed B.M., M.M. degrees in Piano performance/Music Education and Orchestral conducting (Borys Arkhymovych, Tatiana Roschina, Allin Vlasenko), and from the Boston Conservatory, finishing Artist Diploma program in Piano (Michael Lewin). Besides academic studies, he has participated in a great number of master classes, learning from the great musicians such as Paavo Jarvi, Neeme Jarvi, Harold Farberman (conducting), Jerome Rose, Leslie Howard, Nikolai Demidenko (Piano).

Alex is actively concertizing all over the world, performing solo recitals, chamber music and collaborating with symphony orchestras in some of the best concert halls. He gives master classes, concert lectures, and engaging in music educational programs with elementary schools and other institutions; organizes symphonic concerts, leads opera productions.

He participates in various festivals and music competitions, such as E.Grieg International Piano Competition (Norway), Cleveland International Piano Competition, 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and received numerous awards, including – Honorable Mention at Opera Conducting competition in Romania (2015), MacKenzie award at the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York (2012), 3rd prize at the Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht (the Netherlands 2011), 2nd prize at the Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Bayreuth and Weimar (Germany 2009), and many others, including first prize at Steinway Society competition in Boston in 2008.

Alex frequently plays with orchestras, and amongst many, has some memorable experiences working with Radio-Philharmonic Orchestra of Holland (Maestro Jaap van Zweden), Newton Symphony Orchestra (Maestro James Orent), and his long term collaboration with National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, and Maestro Volodymyr Sirenko, and People’s Artist of Ukraine, conductor of National Opera of Ukraine, Allin Vlasenko.

Currently Alex is residing in Boston, teaching in M.Steinert & Sons Piano Academies in Boston and Natick, and holding Staff Pianist position in the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.