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Filip Pogády in Concert (Chicago)

Experience Corelli, Franck, and more as played by the spectacular Slovak violinist Filip Pogády. He will be accompanied on piano by the equally talented Anna Vasilyeva. You won’t want to miss this unforgettable concert, being held at the Women’s Athletic Club in downtown Chicago. A cash bar is available. This concert is possible through partnership with the Chicago Czech Center.

Depending on the number of RSVPs, there may be standing room in addition to seating. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

We are no longer accepting RSVPs for this event. We’ll have a full house! Thank you for your interest, and we hope to see you at another NCSML event in Chicago soon!

FilipFilip Pogády is one of the most promising violinists of his generation and praised by the press for the beauty of his tone and his “lightning-like virtuosity”. He has earned a reputation for performing a wide range of music across the genres, from the classical violin repertoire to rock and electronic.

Filip Pogády gave his solo debut with orchestra at the age of 11 at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna after winning the 1st prize at the Tsusuki Violin Competition as the youngest contestant. He participated three times at Austria’s nationwide music competition “Prima la Musica” and won the 1st prize each time. He was also honored with special prizes by the Austrian String Society and the Raiffeisen Bank for extraordinary results at this competition.

Since then he has performed in concert venues such as the Rudolphinum Prague, Wiener Konzerthaus, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House, Brucknerhaus Linz, Ed Sullivan Theater and the Apollo Theater.
Pogády gave his solo debut with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra at age 17 and has played with this orchestra regularly since. Collaborations with other orchestras include the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Bohemia Symphony, Konzertverein Linz and Vienna Conservatory Orchestra.TV apperances include the “Late Show” with David Letterman and a guest apperance on Louis CK’s popular TV-show “LOUIE” where he acted as a subway violinist.

Pogády’s insatiable curiosity for music has led him beyond the borders of classical music. As a fan of Rock and Metal music, he decided to enjoy it not just as listener, but to play it on a 7 string electric violin himself. Filip’s first electric performance took place at his Graduation Recital where he played his own “Metallica-Medley” as an encore. Besides playing music by other bands, Pogády also writes his own music.

After being invited by Pinchas Zukerman personally to study with him, Filip Pogády followed his advice and earned his Master’s Degree in Violin Perfomance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded a full scholarship.

Born in Bratislava (Slovakia), Filip moved with his family to Austria as a child and began his violin studies at age 7. Just one year later he was admitted to the Bruckner Conservatory Pre-college in Linz. He gave his first recital at age 10.

Pogády plays a modern instrument by the Russian violin maker Boris Bratishchev. He resides in New York City.


AnnaA multifaceted musician, New York- based pianist Anna Vasilyeva has appeared in a wide range of venues, from New York’s Lincoln Center to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Grand Concert Hall in her native Saint Petersburg, Russia. International critics have praised Anna “with a mastery of technique and beautiful sound” (Roberto Codazzi, Cremona, Italy). She is also recognized as an accomplished collaborative artist, a teacher and chamber musician. In February of 2014, Anna turned 29 and was offered a position on the Piano Faculty at the Mason Gross School of The Arts, Rutgers University to be a part of their vision to engage and develop the classical music audience.

Ms. Vasilyeva has taken part in a numerous international competitions and festivals. Her recent awards include those from the Concerto Competition in Music Performance (Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts): Anna performed the 1st Piano Concerto by Sergei Prokofiev with College of Musical Arts’ Philharmonic orchestra; 20th Century Russian Music Competition in St. Petersburg, and the Rovero d’Oro International Piano Competition in San Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy. Ms. Vasilyeva has participated in the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Cremona, in the Oberlin in Italy International Festival in Arezzo, Italy, in the Songfest Festival in Malibu, USA, as well as in Piano Plus International Festival in Athens, Greece. She has also taken part in master- classes by Yoshigazu Nagai, Kirill Gerstein, Li Min Qiang, Dmitry Rachmanov, Victor Rosenbaum, Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, and others.

Recently, Anna has recorded music for a film “Spectral Evidence” under the multi-award winning director, David Manocchio. In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vasilyeva holds the position of Executive Director of the Russian Heritage Piano Competition for young pianists held in her native Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Ms. Vasilyeva has held a faculty staff accompanying position at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music upon graduating, as well as an accompanying fellowships at both, Bowling Green State University, and Cleveland Institute of Music. Throughout her career, Anna has been collaborating with numerous vocalists, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles in Russia, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Greece, and in the United States. She has worked with such renowned musicians as Warren Jones, Monique Duphil, Joseph Kalichstein, Sharon Robinson, Michel Debost, Alex Klein, and others.

Among Anna’s future engagements are performances at the Lincoln Center “Joy In Singing” Festival series in New York , as well as at the Piano Plus International Festival in Athens, Greece. Ms. Vasilyeva received her degrees from Rimsky- Korsakov College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Bowling Green State University, and Cleveland Institute of Music.


April 24, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM


National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library


Women’s Athletic Club
626 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
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