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.

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

Fiscal Sponsorship from Fractured Atlas!

I am more than happy to announce that today I joined the ranks of artists, who are fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas!  It means that from now on I am able to fundraise as if with the status of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all the donations towards my projects made through Fractured Atlas are tax deductible!  If you decide that Fractured Atlas membership is a good idea for you, use my special code FS14703 during your registration/payment process!  Please visit my profile at Fractured Atlas and consider making a contribution to the development of the Chopin Project!

Donate now!


Dear Friends,

We did it.  The premiere of the “Chopin: A Letter through the Parisian Years” took place on April 1, 2016 at the Foundation of the United States in Paris, France.  And nothing would have happened without your tremendous support.  We had a full-house in a completely overbooked venue with a live wait-list, nearly 200 occupied seats.  People arrived especially for this event from the United States, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Ukraine, and many places in France.


You know, I feel truly lucky and blessed in my life because of the people I am surrounded with.  It is a real happiness when those around are so responsive, kind-hearted, and understanding.  I am grateful from the bottom of my heart to all of you, listed below.  It would not be possible to create this project without such wonderful people involved.


The financial report is available for the donors only, upon request.  The prints for the donors will be mailed out this weekend.  The DVD will be created over the next few months and I will announce more information on it later on.


We are now open to invitations for the future performances of this project.  Feel free to throw in ideas!





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Thank you! [Post-Chopin Premiere]

Thank you everyone, Merci à tous for your support and help before and during our Chopin Project premiere on April 1 in Paris!!!

I am more than happy to share with you a reflection written by Frédéric Sausse of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris: [original link here] thank you, Frédéric!

Chopin et Chopin
Elina Akselrud, Nathanaël Bez

Tous le monde connaît Frédéric Chopin, le grand compositeur du piano romantique. Son le père était bien sûr français, mais il est né en Pologne en 1810 où il a reçu son éducation. Il est arrivé à Paris en 1831, une période où les romantiques étaient présents dans tous les domaines. Il y rencontrera George Sand, qui sera sa compagne pendant neuf ans. Son dernier concert, le 16 février 1848, à Paris eu un immense succès, et ce fut son chant du Cygne puisqu’il s’y est éteint 17 octobre 1849.

Afin de nous rappeler qui était Chopin, Vendredi dernier le 1er du mois, dans le grand salon de la Fondation des Etats-Unis, Elina Akselrud une pianiste classique américano-ukrainienne et photographe (formée à Kiev, New York et Boston) et le comédien-scénariste-metteur en scène Nathanaël Bez nous ont présenté un spectacle multimedia étonnant associant, le piano, le chant, la photo et un ensemble de lectures scéniques, basé sur les années parisiennes du compositeur et intitulé CHOPIN : A LETTER THROUGH THE PARISIAN YEARS.

Ils présentent leur spectacle comme une réflexion sur le besoin absolu de créer pour donner du sens à la vie, que Chopin incarne de façon si manifeste. Et de l’invariable destin de l’œuvre qui est de se séparer de son créateur pour pénétrer l’âme d’autrui. La personnalité complexe de Chopin -trop peu souvent illustrée- se révélera également à travers la lecture de sa correspondance, sensible et passionnée comme sa musique.
Cet événement dépasse la structure d’un concert classique, et fait appel à trois genres artistiques : au piano de déférentes œuvres de Chopin, de lectures (en anglais et en français) de la correspondance de Chopin, et de poèmes de ses contemporains polonais. Et des photographies (projetées sur écran au-dessus de la scène) avec des extraits vidéos de la vie parisienne de Chopin ; ses pianos, ses manuscrits, ses objets familiers, etc.

Le résultat est tout à fait extraordinaire, captivé par le jeu de l’acteur qui s’applique à s’inscrire dans la vie quotidienne, on ne sait plus par moment si on est face au personnage de Chopin lui-même, ou, comme l’explique Nathanaël Bez à son esprit incarné qui nous communique les pensées et les sentiments du musicien par la lecture de ses lettres. En même temps que notre attention est par moment happée par telle ou telle photo et que nous nous laissons bercer par le jeu de la pianiste qui nous a interprété une quinzaine d’oeuvres, parmi les plus connues, avec l’incontournable Waltz in C Sharp Minor Op. 64. Et pour compléter ce spectacle déjà si riche, une soprano est venue nous charmer en chantant en polonais.
Frédéric Sausse

Salut final