Maxim Rubtsov, flute and Sergei Kvitko, piano
Maxim Rubtsov has been called “miraculous, superb, absolutely impeccable and one of the best flutists of the Modern Age.” Born in 1977 in Bryansk, Russia, Rubtsov began to study piano at age 5. At age 7 he danced with the famous Moiseyev Dance Company, and only later did he begin flute lessons. At age 13 he began studies at Moscow's Gnesin Academy of Music, and subsequently graduated with an advanced degree from the Moscow State Conservatory. Rubtsov joined the Russian National Orchestra in 1999 and was appointed Principal Flute in 2003. Sergei Kvitko has captured the attention of music critics with his “masterful, intuitive playing, and arresting artistry.” American Record Guide proclaimed his recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as “one of the best ever made,” and placed it on its Critics’ Choice List. In spring of 2013, Mr. Kvitko embarked on a 14-city solo concert tour, which climaxed with his debut concert at Carnegie Hall that “was met with rousing applause, bravos, and a standing ovation” (New York Concert Review). Rubtsov and Kvitko will perform selections from their CD Russian Romance, featuring scores from the Russian Imperial Collection of the U.S. Library of Congress, as well as other pieces from their February 2018 performance at Carnegie Hall.