SUNY Potsdam hosts violin-piano duo Oct. 12 at Snell Music Theatre
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 6:32 am

POTSDAM -- French violinist Christophe Poiget will travel to SUNY Potsdam to perform alongside piano Professor Eugenia Tsarov next week.

The free recital will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in SUNY Potsdam’s Snell Music Theatre.

The violin-piano duo recital will feature works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Piotr Tchaikovsky and Johannes Brahms.

Christophe Poiget started his musical studies at the Conservatoire d'Orléans, from which he graduated with a unanimous first prize with high honors and the city's medal.

After obtaining first prizes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris in violin and chamber music, he worked closely with Jean-Pierre Wallez, Dominique Hoppenot, Boris Gutnikov and received additional training from Henry Szeryng, Nathan Milstein and Yehudi Menuhin.

He went on to garner the first prize in the International Abbado Competition, the jury prize in the Sion Competition and the prize for French music in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition.

Poiget holds positions at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, as well as at the Conservatoire de Boulogne Billancourt. In this capacity, he is often invited by the Ministry of Culture to adjudicate the Certificat d'Aptitude and the Diplôme d'Etat and to oversee the continuing education of teachers.

He was the artistic consultant for the 1992 French movie "Un Coeur en Hiver," for which he collaborated closely with director Claude Sautet and assisted Emmanuelle Béart in preparing for her role as a violin virtuoso.

Eugenia Tsarov is a Russian-born pianist, who earned her diploma with distinction from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory of Music, and previously taught piano and chamber music at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow for 18 years. In 1968, she won the prestigious Soviet National Piano Competition and was appointed pianist of the Moscow State Philharmonic Society, the most prestigious concert management organization in Russia.

Since immigrating to the U.S. in 1991, Tsarov has continued her performing career with three tours of Spain, concerts at the United Nations and the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, along with performances throughout the Northeast, Texas, Vermont and Canada. Since 1994, Tsarov has been teaching studio piano, "The Art of Accompanying" seminar and chamber music at Crane.