KAYSVILLE – Classical music lovers can get a taste of world-class talent, right here in Davis County.
International award-winning pianist Eugene Mursky will perform a free concert on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kaysville Tabernacle. The event is a late addition to the Davis Arts Council’s free chamber music series.
“Eugene Mursky is an amazing pianist who agreed to perform for us at the last minute,” said Kathy Skidmore, who helps organize the concerts. “It will be an incredible event.”
Mursky will perform a variety of works by Chopin and Liszt at the concert, as well as Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Mursky is well-known for his interpretations of Chopin’s works. In 2010, he was commissioned by the Hanssler label to record the complete works of Chopin in honor of the composer’s 200th birthday.
Mursky, who was born in Uzbekistan and has lived in Germany since 2003, has won first place at piano competitions all across Europe.
He has performed as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Irish National Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Swedish Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Less well known, however, are Mursky’s ties to Utah. He was a finalist in the 1998 Gina Bachauer competition, held in Salt Lake City. According to an article written at the time by Deseret News music critic Celia Baker, Mursky’s “all-stops out rendition of Liszt’s wickedly difficult ‘Mephisto Waltz’” showed off “his wonderful dexterity and innate showmanship.”
Mursky has also performed with the Utah Symphony, and in 2011 performed at the Ogden Amphitheater.
Though the arts council welcomes families to all of its events, Skidmore cautions parents that children under the age of four are probably not the best audience for a chamber music concert.
“It’s late for a toddler to have to sit still,” she said. “And we do really need people to be quiet.”
The Kaysville Tabernacle is located at 190 Center Street in Kaysville. Anyone wanting to hear samples of Mursky’s work can visit youtube.com/user/jenia1975, the artist’s official YouTube channel.
For more information, visit davisarts.org.