Photos: Marc Serhan, Georg Thum

Dear Friends,

Today I am very happy to announce my new upcoming chamber music project with the wonderful Ukrainian-American cellist Eugene Lifschitz: we will perform in Germany and Switzerland in 2019.  The repertoire will consist of three works: Frédéric François Chopin Sonata in G minor op.65, Stanislav Fridman “The Spiral of Souls”, a commissioned work, which we will premiere during this project, and Sergei Rachmaninoff Sonata in G minor op.19.

The project is centered around this very feeling, which the three composers, as well as the performers share: the never-ending search of the roots, a place to call home. Since it is crucial to not get lost in the chaos of this world, we all, immigrants, will always intuitively seek something to remind us of our homeland. Without this base, the knowledge, the constant bitterness and nostalgia no immigration has ever been possible.

The stories of both, Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) and Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) is very much alike in a few aspects: both had to leave their home country and immigrate to a foreign land, never to return. Another very interesting thing to note is that each of them composed only one sonata for cello and piano, and both sonatas coincidentally happen to be in the key of G minor.

The two composers always kept longing for their home countries (Poland and Russia), however, because of certain obstacles, neither of them ever returned (even with a visit). Both were inspired by the folk tunes of their motherland, and kept writing in letters that they always missed the familiar surroundings, friends and family, and so on… Rachmaninoff settled in his Villa Senar every summer between 1832-1839, which is located near Hertenstein near Lake Lucerne. He always loved living and working on his villa, where he felt especially calm and peaceful.

Interesting to note that we, the artists, (Elina Akselrud, Eugene Lifschitz, and Stanislav Fridman) were all born exactly in between the home countries of the two composers (in Ukraine) and we are immigrants ourselves. One never knows where life can bring us in the future, however we already do know the feeling of the nostalgia that one has, when longing for home.

In our project we will speak about this state of human mind, by the means of music, and our own artistic expression. Stanislav Fridman composed his new work “Spiral of Souls” for cello and piano specifically for this project. We, the three musicians, believe that this subject is very important for the audience to contemplate and we feel honored to have the opportunity to present this wonderful music to the German and Swiss public.

Поэзия Ирины Липатовой – сбор средств на издание книги

Ирина Алексеевна Липатова, великий педагог фортепиано Киевской Средней Специальной Музыкальной Школы им.Лысенко, помимо 40-летней деятельности первоклассного преподавания игры на рояле сотням учеников, также была очень талантливым поэтом. Её недавняя кончина вызвала потрясение у многих, если ни у каждого, кто её знал. Мы, её семья, ученики и близкие, решили издать её поэзию в одном собрании.

Больше информации и сбор средств.

Мы будем очень благодарны каждому из вас за вашу помощь в издании этих ярких стихов. Вот некоторые из них:



Быть может лишь один ребёнок
Из музыкальной всей «орды»
Захочет вставить след ножонок
В мои большущие следы.
И, углубляя след во следе,
За ним ещё один идёт.
Чем глубже след — тем легче в небе
Продолжить нам тройной полёт!

Живём для Любви на земле,
Все формы Она наполняет,
У ветра резвясь на плече,
То ранит, а то исцеляет…

Стань Ею, живи состраданьем,
За раны Любовь не кори,
Но в путь, мой счастливый изгнанник,
С собой никого не бери.

Лишь вечное меня не подведёт,
Всё остальное — вспыхнет и пройдёт.
На вечное хочу я опираться,
Служить ему и вечно обновляться.

Я погружаюсь в микромир,
Чтобы познать бесценный опыт,
Где молний блеск и грома рокот
Творец в безмолвие вложил.

Irina Lipatova

«…Я буду постепенно растворяться и в итоге превращусь в тотальную любовь в эфире.»

“…I will gradually dissolve into space and will eventually turn into a total ethereal love.”

This is what she said when I saw her for the last time. (If I only knew…)

Спасибо Вам, родная наша, за всё. Никогда не пойму, не поверю до конца…

My dear Teacher, Irina Lipatova, passed away. She taught me not only countless piano skills, which I use every single day without thinking twice, however also grounded some major principles of life into my [at the time] young and childish head. I will always be grateful and will never forget. Thank You for dedicating your entire life to all of us, hundreds of students. May your soul now Rest In Peace, Ирина Алексеевна.

A Concert in her Memory will take place on October 28, 2018 @ 19:00.
Kyiv, come and send us some love.

Intertwining Arts & The Chopin Project Film Release!


Dear Friends,

First of all, I am more than happy to announce the launch of Intertwining Arts – an enterprise, into which I made a decision to unite the themed crossover projects that I create with the help of my charismatic team!  These projects include classical piano performance, blended with other art genres – performing and/or visual.  Please browse the brand new website for more information, as well as follow us on the social media (links below)!
Also I am thrilled to share with you today, on Chopin’s Birthday, that the long-awaited release of the Chopin Project‘s Cinematic Version will happen on May 15, 2018 at 19:00 at the beautiful Hôtel Chopin Grands-Boulevards Paris (46 Passage Jouffroy, Paris 75009, France), which will be very kindly hosting the event!  There will be a short introductory live performance, followed by viewing the project film, and a cocktail hour afterwards!  Click here to watch the film Trailer!
You are invited and the admission is free, however, RSVP is required via Eventbrite.  Since we can only have a limited number of guests, please be so kind to reach me personally if you need to cancel your existing reservation.
Dress code: Formal/Elegant.
Intertwining Arts on the Web:
LinkedIn  •  Facebook  •  Instagram  •  YouTube
Have a wonderful spring and we are looking forward to seeing you at our Film Release Event in May!
Elina & Intertwining Arts Chopin Project Team
Marie Lise & Hôtel Chopin Grands-Boulevards Paris

Fine Art Section added!

I am currently switching into the genre of fine art photography, since I feel that it lately became much closer to me to bring my own vivid imagination and ideas of surrealistic fairy tales, dreams, and some alternative reality to life. I want to announce that my FAP portfolio model search is now open. Contact me if interested, with a [link to a] photo of yourself.