Young Stars of the Young Century Series

Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front St W

Show One is proud to present the 2009 edition of its signature series, Young Stars of the Young Century.  Three international award-winning young virtuosi from Georgia, Armenia and Russia – all winners of awards from the California-based Guzik Foundation – are coming direct from their Carnegie Hall debuts, the night before.

LUKA OKROSTVORIDZE, piano (born in Tblisi, Georgia in 1991), studied with Professor Dorensky (teacher of Denis Matsuev and Nikolay Lugansky) at the Moscow Conservatory.  An accomplished pianist and composer, Luka has won international competitions and festivals, including the Colmar in France.  He made his debut through The International Vladimir Spivakov Charity Foundation with Young Stars in 2006, he made his North American solo recital debut here in 2007, winning fans with his charm, and passionate and mature playing.  “His intensity is palpable,” observed the National Post.


YURI REVICH, violin (born in Moscow in 1991), has performed with the Russian National conducted by Mikhail Pletnev, the Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet, and other leading orchestras.  Yuri has won such international competitions as Virtuosi of the XXI Century and the David Oistrakh in Russia, and the Oldenburg Promenade and International Kloster-Schontal Violin Competition in Germany.  In 2008, French master Alan Karbonar presented Yuri with a violin made especially for him.  Germany’s Weinheimer Nachrichten (Weinheim News) described how Revich “left the public open-mouthed with the drama, passion and directness of his performance.”

NAREK ARUTYUNYAN, clarinet (born in Gumri, Armenia, 1992) is a regular soloist with the great Russian orchestras, under the likes of Constantine Orbelian, Vladimir Spivakov, and Yuri Bashmet.  Narek has also given solo recitals in France, Italy and Switzerland.  A winner of many international competitions, Narek is equally gifted in classical and jazz.  At his 2008 Toronto debut through the The Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation in Young Stars, Alexa Petrenko of Classical 96.3 FM exclaimed that “this performance stopped time”.




“We have moved this year’s Young Stars series into the Glenn Gould Studio,” says Svetlana Dvoretskaia.  “I believe the intimate atmosphere, with its excellent acoustics, will delight audiences, and make them feel connected with these artists, who have come from so far away.”


For the last five years, Show One Productions has presented the Young Stars of the Young Century gala concerts, featuring the cream of the most talented young musicians from the former U.S.S.R.


Their concerts are a celebration of musical achievement, friendship and peace. The youthful artists have received outstanding critical acclaim through the years and most importantly, along with exposure to new audiences.  The Toronto Star has called it a “high-wattage evening of classical music favorites.”



Every year, music schools throughout Russia groom their finest students to compete for scholarships granted by the Palo Alto-based Guzik Foundation.  Over $400,000 is granted annually in cash prizes, recording contracts, concerts and other career enhancement.  The Guzik Foundation Scholarship Program is funded by innovative philanthropist Nahum Guzik, a high-tech industrialist and Russian émigré.  

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2009, 7:30 PM

Glenn Gould Studio

250 Front Street West

TICKETS: $35.00 for adults, $30.00 for students/seniors availble at the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office (60 Simcoe Street) or by calling 416-872-4255

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GROUPS: If you have a group of 10 and more please do not hesitate to call us at 416-737-6785 to recieve a group discount.

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Concert program

Part 1

Luka Okrostsvaridze, piano

R.Schumann –  Fantasie C major op. 17

S.Rachmaninoff – 2 preludes op.23

F.Chopin – Ballada 1 op.23 G minor 

Part 2

Yury Revich, Violin, Luka Okrostsvaridze, piano

P.I. Tchaikovsky – “Meditation”

D. Shostakovich – 2 Preludes

P. Sarasate –  “Carmen-Fantasy”

Narek Arutyunyan , Clarinet, Luka Okrostsvaridze, piano

J. Francaix – Theme and variations

G. Gershwin – 3 preludes (arranged for clarinet and piano)

A.  Cfasman –  Intermezzo

A.  Shrainer – Always smaller and smaller


Luka Okrostsvoridze, piano, Narek  Arutyunyan, clarinet, Yury Revich, violin

A. Piazzolla  – “Oblivion” 

 D. Varelas   – “Milonga”