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Alexander Fiterstein and Friends

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, Twin Cities-based until recently, is considered one of today’s most exceptional performers of the instrument. He won first prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. As a Juilliard graduate, he won first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and received awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.  Alex has invited his friends Elena Urioste (violin), Nicholas Canellakis (cello) and Michael Brown (piano) to join him for this program of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Clarinet Sonata and Olivier Messiaen’s much loved Quartet for the End of Time.  Urioste, Canellakis and Brown have established themselves as three of the most sought-after young virtuosos on the classical music scene today. Each are winners, like Fiterstein, of an Avery Fisher Career Grant.  Among the various other prizes and recognition they have individually won are inclusion in the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme, Sphinx and Concert Artists Guild competitions, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center auditions.  They have performed in many of the most prestigious venues across the United States and Europe.

Join us at 3pm in the church for a pre-concert talk with the artists.

Alexander Fiterstein treats his instrument as his personal voice, dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility, and range. Every sound he makes is finely measured without inhibiting expressiveness.

The Washington Post

impassioned...with the audience seduced by Mr. Canellakis's rich, alluring tone.

The New York Times

Urioste produces her full-bodied, slightly grainy, always pleasing sound with a physical ease...she is capable of the most exquisitely hushed soft playing, the kind that grabs the heart and holds on to it.

The Washington Post

Mr. Brown has a streamlined but powerful technique and a vivid imagination.

The New York Times



Weinberg – Clarinet Sonata

Messiaen – Quartet for the End of Time

Concerts are estimated to be two hours in length with one intermission.


Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
Elena Urioste, violin
Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Michael Brown, piano

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