The Diploma winner of the International J.Brahms competition (Austria, 2001)
The SHEREMETYEV ENSEMBLE (Eugeny Shulkov, violin; Dmitry Zhemchuzhin, viola; Kirill Variash, cello; and prizewinner of the Newport International piano competition UK 1997 Olga Papikian, piano) was established in 1997 and started its concert activities the same year. They are all recent graduates of the Moscow State conservatory. E.Shulkov, K.Variash and D.Zhemchuzhin have also completed the Postgraduate course and O.Papikian is studying as a Postgraduate student at the Moscow State conservatory at the present. They all have been studying under Professor T.Alikhanov (chamber music).The ensemble's repertoire is wide - the musicians perform a great number of quartets, trios and duets composed by composers including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms,Taneyev, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Shostakovich . Since 1997 the Sheremetyev Ensemble has given many concerts both in Russia and abroad. They have just finished recording a CD of chamber music by American composer John Mitchell.
Olga Papikian, born in 1977, began her piano studies in 1986 at Gnessin Special Music School in Moscow, as a pupil of N. Nasarova. Olga began her concert activities the following year, and has appeared regularly with Jaroslavl and Uljanovsk Philharmonic orchestras. She has also performed solo concerts and recitals in Moscow and Odessa. In 1991 Olga took part in concerts at the Europe Association of the Piano Teachers congress in Gratz, Austria. In 1992 she won a place at the Tchaikovsky conservatory Music college studying under Professor Tigran Alichanov and graduated with honours in 1996. Olga has given many recitals in Moscow and other Russian cities, including such famous concert halls as the Main, Small and Rachmaninovsky halls of the Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatory. Since 1992 she has performed regularly with the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic Society. In 1995 Olga toured in Saõ Paulo and other cities of Brazil as a solo pianist and as part of a chamber ensemble. In 1996 she won a place at the Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatory where she studied under Professor Nikolai Petrov and graduated with honours in 2001. In 1997 she won the Second Prize at the Newport International competition for young pianists. In 2001 Olga has taken part in music festivals: "Russian Winter", held at the Main Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatory and in other cities of Russia (where she performed concertos for two pianos and orchestra by Mendelssohn) and in the festival "Musical Kremlin" (recital). She has toured in Switzerland several times and participated in master courses held by Professor of the Musik Hochschule Zurich Hans Schicker. The following year she has won Diplomas at the International J. Brahms competition in two categories: piano solo and chamber music. In 2002 Olga participated in the international music festival named after J. S. Bach held in Tver (Russia), having performed the concerto for four pianos and orchestra by J. S. Bach , the first performance of it in Russia after a twenty-year break took place at the Main Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatory the following year. She regularly gives concerts both in Russia and abroad.
Eugeny Shulkov was born in 1973 in Saratov and began his violin studies at an early age, attending children's music school, which he completed in 1987. In 1987 he won a place at the Saratov Music college, from which he graduated in 1991. While studying there he participated in the National Violin competition named after A. Korsakov and was awarded the First Prize. Eugeny entered the Moscow State conservatory named after P. I. Tchaikovsky the following year studying under Professor M. Yashvili and completed both Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in 1999. Since 1998 he has been working in the Moscow chamber orchestra 'Virtuosos of Moscow" conducted by Vladimir Spivakov. He regularly gives concerts both in Russia and abroad appearing as a soloist, member of chamber ensembles and also as an orchestra musician.
Dmitry Zhemchuzhin was born in Moscow in 1973 in a musical family. He began studying violin at the age of six at the Moscow Special Music School for gifted children. In 1989 he entered the Gnessin Music college (studying viola), from which he graduated in 1992. He won a place at the Moscow conservatory the same year, studying under Professor U. Bashmet. Having completed the Undergraduate course, he continued studying with Professor Bashmet as a Postgraduate student. Dmitry started his concert activities at an early age, giving concerts as a soloist and a member of chamber ensembles. In 1991 he won the Second Prize at the National Violin competition in Kolomna. As a member of a chamber ensemble he participated in the Final of the International Chamber Music competition called "concorso Internationale Per complessi Da camera citta Di Firenze". Since 1997 Dmitry has been working in the chamber orchestra "Ensemble XXI, Moscow". He regularly gives concerts both as a soloist and a chamber musician.
Kirill Variash was born in Moscow in 1971. From 1978 to 1986 he studied at the central Music School at the Moscow State conservatory. In 1986 he won a place at the Academic Music college at the Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatory and graduated in 1992. In 1989 he became a prizewinner of the Moscow competition for young violoncellists. In 1992 he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatory studying with Professor A. Knyasev. Having completed his Undergraduate course he continued his studying as a Postgraduate student. Since he entered the conservatory he has given recitals in Moscow and other Russian cities. He has also performed as a member of chamber ensemble and string quartets. In 1997 Kirill toured in Italy as a member of a chamber ensemble. In 1998 as a member of a string quartet he toured in Germany where he participated also in a master class in Germany that was arranged by the Moscow committee of culture and German Embassy in Moscow. Since then he regularly gives concerts as a member of chamber ensembles and a soloist both in Russia and abroad.
M.Weinberg. Quintet for 2 violins, viola, cello and piano.op.18
W. A. Mozart
R. Schumann. op.47 Es-dur
R. Strauss. op.13 c-moll
Mahler-Shnittke. Quartet a-moll
S. Taneyev. op.20 A-dur
J. Haydn. Trios for violin, cello and piano No.1 G-dur, No.13 c-dur,e-moll
W. A. Mozart. Trio for violin, viola and piano
F. Schubert. 2 trios for violin, cello and piano
A. Borodin. Trio for violin, cello and piano D-dur
A. Arensky. Trio for violin, viola and piano op.32 d-moll
P. Tchaikovsky. Trio for violin, viola and piano op.50 a-moll
S. Rachmaninov. Trios for violin, cello and piano No.1 g-moll, No.2 d-moll
D. Shostakovich. Trio for violin, cello and piano e-moll
Babajanian. Trio for violin, cello and piano
J.Mitchell. Trio for violin,viola and cello,op.30
J.Mitchell. Trio for violin cello and piano,op.5
W. A. Mozart. 2 duets for violin and viola
L. van Beethoven. Duet for viola and cello
W. A. Mozart. Sonatas for violin and piano (B-dur, e-moll, c-dur)
L. van Beethoven. Sonatas for violin and piano (D-dur, A-dur, F-dur,G-Dur,Es-dur)
F. Schubert. Duet for violin and piano
R. Schumann. 2 sonatas for violin and piano
J. Brahms. 3 sonatas for violin and piano
J. Brahms. 2 sonatas for viola and piano
E. Grieg. 2 sonatas for violin and piano
c. Frank. Sonata for violin and piano A-dur(cello and piano)
R. Strauss. Sonata for violin and piano Es-dur
F. Schubert. Sonata "Arpeggione"
D. Shostakovich. Sonata for viola and piano
F. chopin. Sonata for cello and piano g-moll
K. Debussi. Sonata for cello and piano d-moll
A. Borodin. Sonata for cello and piano h-moll
S. Rachmaninov. Sonata for cello and piano g-moll
M. Glinka. Unfinished sonata for viola and piano
D. Kabalevsky. Sonata for cello and piano
2002 – Sheremetyev Ensemble: Mitchell in Moscow, CD, ABM Enterprises
2005 – The Sheremetyev Ensemble Plays Brahms and Schumann, CD, Pianissimo
E-mail: Olga Papikian
John Mitchell - New Classical Music