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March 6 @ 7:30 pm
NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University violin faculty Andrej Kurti and Sofiko Tchetchelashvili will present a recital Monday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Kurti is an associate professor of violin/viola. Tchetchelashvili is an adjunct faculty member in violin/viola.
The program includes works by Mozart, Despic, Gliere, Halvorsen and Azarashvili.
Kurti is a native of Belgrade, Serbia. He studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and finished his graduate studies in the University of Georgia, where he received doctorate degree in violin performance.
He was a recipient of five first prizes in competitions in Yugoslavia, four first prizes in competitions in Georgia and Florida and a finalist in the MTNA (Music Teacher National Association) Competition in 1998.
In 2000, Kurti became a recording artist for classical label Blue Griffin Recording, for which he later recorded Six Sonatas for Violin Solo by Eugene Ysaye, op.27.
In 2004, Kurti became a professor of violin at Northwestern State He appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras in the United States, Serbia, Montenegro, Italy, Greece, Russia and France. He also appeared as a chamber performer in Spain, France, Latvia, Canada and South Korea.
In non-classical music world, Kurti performed and arranged on more than 40 albums of popular and modern music, which he recorded for many different music labels in the United States.
Kurti has been invited to several international music festivals where he most often performed music written for solo violin. Most recently, Kurti performed Ysaye’s “Six Sonatas for Violin Solo, op.27” in his Road to Carnegie nation-wide recital series, culminating with his Carnegie Hall debut.
Tchetchelashvili is a native of Tbilisi, Georgia and studied at Tbilisi State Conservatory.
In 2014, Tchetchelashvili accepted a graduate assistantship at Baylor University, and two years later she completed another graduate degree in violin performance. She
was a winner of four Georgian national violin competitions, as well as a recipient of two consecutive President’s Awards.
In addition to her teaching duties at NSU, she is an active concert violinist and violist.