Review: Symphony Silicon Valley Takes on a Russian Accent

Full Review   By David Bratman: October 25, 2016 Two distinguished Russian gentlemen, both now resident in western countries, came to San Jose’s California Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 22, to assist Symphony Silicon Valley in works by two renowned Russian composers. It proved a fortunate pairing. The performers were first-time guest conductor Edvard Tchivzhel (the

Review: Demidenko, Symphony Silicon Valley give Scriabin his overdue place in the musical pantheon

Full Review   By Elijah Ho: October 23, 2016 In 1986, before his final concert in Moscow, legendary virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz was asked his opinion of two composers whose music he had played all his life. He lavished his highest praise on Rachmaninoff. Hard to believe, but little has changed in the order of things. The

Review: Violinist Yu dazzles in tuneful program

Full Review By Ann Hicks: April 9, 2016 Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel promised the Friday evening Gunther Theatre audience gathered to hear the Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra’s season closer that, post-concert, they “would whistle the tunes all the way home.” With that in mind, the program titled “Some Enchanting Evening” featured an eclectic selection of works by composers

Review: Orchestra offers lucid Brahms, sparkling beer

Full Review By Paul Hyde: October 17, 2015 Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto presents a bear of a challenge to a piano virtuoso’s technique. Pianist David Gross offered a lucid, nimble account of this expansive, demanding piece Friday night with the Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Edvard Tchivzhel. This annual Oktoberfest program, which will

Review: Von Oeyen offers sparkling account of Ravel

Full Review By Paul Hyde: September 28, 2015 Pianist Andrew von Oeyen’s sparkling account of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major provided an appropriately festive opening to the Greenville Symphony’s 2015-16 season this past weekend. The relatively short, jazz-inflected concerto served as a brisk appetizer to the main course of Rachmaninoff’s meaty Second Symphony, conducted by