Park University’s International Center for Music Presents Concert Featuring Violinist Ben Sayevich and Pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Lolita Lisovskaya-SayevichBen SayevichPark University’s International Center for Music will present a concert featuring the dynamic duo of violinist Ben Sayevich and pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich performing a rare masterwork by Ernest Chausson, “Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21,” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The performance is a part of the ICM’s 2013-14 10th anniversary concert season.

Also on the program is “Duo for Two Violins” by Jean-Marie Leclair, featuring special guest Gregory Sandomirsky, and Mozart’s festive “Divertimento in D Major, K. 136,” performed by the ICM String Orchestra.

The Lithuanian-Israeli Sayevich has established himself as one of the most distinguished violinists and teachers of his generation.  He has concertized extensively throughout North America, Europe and the Far East, and has appeared on radio and television as a soloist and chamber musician. He is violinist of the London-based Rosamunde Piano Trio, with which he has performed widely in Europe, including appearances on BBC Radio London, Irish Public Radio in Cork, Ireland, and the Abbado Festival Bologna (Italy). Sayevich currently serves as professor of music/violin for the ICM, and maintains a vigorous schedule as chamber musician.

Originally from Uzbekistan, Lisovskaya-Sayevich is an accomplished pianist. She won first prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Gottingen, Germany, in 1993; the Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition in 1996 in Paris; and the Iowa Piano International Competition in 2007. She studied under Stanislav Ioudenitch in the ICM, earning a graduate certificate in 2008. Currently an instructor of music/piano in the ICM, Lisovskaya-Sayevich performs extensively in chamber music ensembles.

Sandomirsky is well-known to Kansas City audiences, currently serving as associate concertmaster emeritus and first violinist of the Kansas City Symphony. A former instructor of violin/viola at Park, he participates as a soloist, concertmaster and teacher in many festivals and summer courses, such as the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Italy) and Endless Mountain Music Festival (Penn.). His work as soloist includes performances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Camerata, Penn Woods Chamber Orchestra, Columbia Chamber Orchestra, and the Kansas City and St. Louis ballets.

Tickets for the concert are — general admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; senior citizens age 60 and older: $10; students with a valid student ID: $5; Park University students, faculty, staff and children age 12 and under: free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit

Please note: Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel has restricted physical access. Park University wants to make available to everyone access to all programs and activities conducted in this building. Requests for physical access accommodations should be addressed in a timely manner to Park University’s Office of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444. Park University will make all reasonable modifications to ensure that individuals with physical challenges have an equal opportunity to enjoy all programs and activities.

The International Center for Music at Park University trains and educates the next generation of accomplished musicians for careers in music at the highest level, in a focused and creative atmosphere with an international faculty of renowned excellence. Established in 2003 under the guidance of renowned pianist and gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Stanislav Ioudenitch, the ICM is a premier institution for advanced study in piano and string performance. For more information about the International Center for Music, contact ICM Director Ingrid Stölzel, D.M.A., at or (816) 584-6484, or visit