Ukrainian pianist makes Los Alamos debut

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By Kirsten Laskey

Ukrainian pianist Boris Fedorov is making his New Mexico debut right here in Los Alamos.

He is eager to share his music with the community. “I have never been to Los Alamos, but I am told the public is very appreciative and has a sincere interest in music,” Fedorov said.

The concert will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday in Fuller Lodge. Fedorov will perform several works by Haydn, Chopin, Schumann and Strauss. For an encore performance a piece of music, which requires three pianists, will be performed.

Having three musicians at one piano does have its challenges. “Not bumping into one another is most difficult,” Fedorov said. “This is the most traumatic means of music making.  But actually it takes a lot of experience to coordinate our thoughts and motions. It takes a very good ear; sculpting the sound together in an ensemble is most difficult.”

Despite the challenges, Fedorov said he is eager to perform this special piece. “I am very excited because I am almost sure that nobody in the audience has ever seen something like this before. I myself was very pleasantly surprised and shocked to see three people at one piano.”

He encourages the community to come out and see this unique performance themselves. “I always seek to bring something new into the hearts of the audience,” Fedorov said. “I strive to communicate with my audience, and I am eager to meet these people and spend a concert developing this bond with them, and hopefully people will be eager and curious to come and take part in this communication.”

Another first for Fedorov will be performing with his daughter, Anna. Anna performed a concert Sunday at Fuller Lodge.

“Now that I think about this, I realize that this is the first time that we’re on stage together for a major performance,” he said. “It will be a completely new experience for me.”

Fedorov fell in love with the piano as a child. According to his biography, his attachment to the piano was so significant that his mother would lock the piano lid to  get some peace and quiet.

His love for the instrument continued later in his life. Fedorov graduated with high honors from the Moscow Conservatory in 1983 and received his PhD in 1987. He has won several international piano competitions in Porto, Portugal, Rome and Cinegal, Italy. Additionally, Fedorov travels the world and performs as a soloist with the major orchestras in Ukraine, Russia, Belorussia and the Netherlands.

He currently is a professor of the piano at the National Music Academy of Ukraine and possesses several awards from the government for his contributions of the arts.