Linda Gilbert brings violin recital from Russia

Pictured is Linda Gilbert with her teacher and mentor, Professor Maxim Viktorovitch Fedotov. Photo: submitted
Pictured is Linda Gilbert with her teacher and mentor, Professor Maxim Viktorovitch Fedotov. Photo: submitted

Violinist Linda Gilbert is taking a break from her studies at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatorium for a brief holiday at home in Taree, and is performing what promises to be a brilliant technical and artistic recital while she is here.

Linda always enjoys returning to perform in front of a local audience.

“We usually find that the Taree audience is exceptionally warm and very supportive and enthusiastic. It’s nice to see some of my old friends, but also to get in touch with the local community,” she said.

Linda is in her final year of undergraduate study at the renowned conservatorium in Moscow, and will graduate in early June. Two days after she graduates, she will perform for a jury as an application for prospective post graduate studies.

The program will feature works she will be performing for her graduation exams. Among these are works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, Mozart’s ‘Turkish’ Concerto, and ‘the big one’ and one of Linda’s very great favourites – the first movement of the Brahms Violin Concerto.

For this recital, as in past years, William Schmidt from Melbourne, who has done a master’s degree in Vienna, will accompany Linda.

Watch Linda perform the same work she performed in July 2017 with the Derwent Symphony Orchestra in Tasmania:

Violin Concerto Op.47, I. Allegro moderato - Sibelius

Since the third year of her six year undergraduate studies in Moscow, Linda has been blooming under the tutelage of Professor Maxim Viktorovitch Fedotov.

“It’s been amazing to be in his class because he’s just put in so many artistic insights, not only the more theoretical knowledge and how to play well, but also how to be a complete concert artist on stage,” Linda said. He’s a great concert artist, professor and pedagogue. He’s got a world of experience. He’s been a tower of strength through all the studies.”

Her professor also has glowing things to say about his student.

“I admire Linda’s serious approach to our profession and, in the best sense of the word, her fanatical love towards music and violin,” he said.

“I am convinced that if Linda receives support, it is fitting that she is able to continue study. I take into account that, apart from perfecting her performance skills and artistic style, Linda is also seriously interested in the fundamentals of Russian pedagogy. She has a very serious gift for it, and has further plans not only for concert activities, but also for pedagogical work.

The recital takes place this Sunday, February 11 at 2pm at the Taree Seventh Day Adventist Church Hall on the corner of Cowper and Gipps Streets. It is a free concert, with donations gratefully received to help Linda with her post-graduate studies.