Strings Director to Head Back to Carnegie Hall

Pensacola – Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy, a violinist and the director of strings and orchestra at the University of West Florida, is in New York City where he will perform at Carnegie Hall for the second time in as many years.

Yanovskiy will join other distinguished musicians in the concert “Romantic Impressions,” presented by the InterHarmony International Music Festival on Nov. 5. Yanovskiy said the concert would explore such themes as love and human dignity.

The performance will be Yanovskiy’s second at Carnegie Hall in the last two years.

“Last year it was my solo recital, where I played with my pianist. This time, I will be joining such world-renowned artists as Misha Quint, Anya Fidelia, Irina Nuzova, and Chih-Long Hu,” Yanovskiy said.

When he used to live in New York prior to moving to Pensacola, he used to play at Carnegie Hall regularly.

“I expect fireworks,” Yanovskiy said. “All the musicians involved have great international reputations, and I will be honored to join them.”

Although he has not played with these musicians before, he has great expectations for the show. Yanovskiy regards, “7 Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok for Soprano, Violin, Cello, and Piano, Op.127,” as the most substantial piece of the night.

The performing artists selected the pieces they will play at “Romantic Impressions.” Among other pieces Yanovskiy will play “La plus que lente” by Claude Debussy for violin and piano.

“I’m going to use my violin from the 17th century that I bought a few months ago,” Yanovskiy said. “It was built in 1667.”

Yanovskiy has performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world. The violinist said he feels blessed to be a classical musician because he gets to perform the music composed by great geniuses of past and present all the time.

Yanovskiy said he is very proud and fond of his UWF students. Many of them have achieved great things. Some have gone on to The Juilliard School and other well-known schools of music.

“I would like to bring together all of my successful students from all over the world and make music with them,” Yanovskiy said. “Maybe have a big reunion, a recital at the UWF Music Hall.

Written by: Juliana Lievano, Student Intern for CREO.