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Chamber Concert Series

October 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m., ViolinistVira Zhuk, and PianistMariam Vardzelashvili will perform at the Phelps Mansion Museum during its Chamber Concert Series at 191 Court Street in Binghamton.

Kiev-born violinist Vira Zhuk  has been in the spotlight of the national musical arena from a very early age. Her extraordinary talent has led to appearances in the biggest concert venues in Ukraine such as the Grand Hall of National Philharmonie at the age of seven and a debut as a soloist with the J. S. Bach concerto when she was ten.

After several years of guidance from Lyobov Marinenko, Vira entered  the Lysenko Music School for gifted children in Kiev to continue working with the famous Yaroslawa Rivnyak.​ In her school years Vira has been invited to perform at various national and international festivals such as Kunst verbindet in Germany,New names – young stars in Ukraine, Moscow meets friends in Russia, Vladimir Horowitz Foundation Festival  in Ukraine, Festival di Spoleto in Italy, Festival di Musica di Portogruaro in Italy, Eilat International Chamber Music Festival in Israel,Festival Lucca Estate in Italy just to name a few.

Immediately after graduating from the Music Gymnasium in Kiev, Vira moved to Vienna to continue her studies with the legendary violinist Pavel Vernikov at the Musik und Kunst Universität der Stadt Wien. In addition to her studies in Vienna, Vira holds a diploma of the International competition training course at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Italy.

Vira is a prize winner of numerous international competitions such as OistrachInternational Violin Competition , Strihardz International Competition, Ukrainian National Competition and has performed at prestigous venues such as the Musikverein Wien, Konzerhaus Wien,  Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid, Süreyya Opera in Istanbul, ORF RadioKulturhaus in Vienna and many others.

Vira’s musical development has been influenced by artistic impulses with Mauricio Fuks,  Julian Rachlin, Mark Lakirovich and Menahem Pressler.

Vira plays a G. B. Rogeri violin on a loan from a private collection.


Mariam Vardzelashvili is a pianist born in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she began her studies at the age of six until the age of twenty, when she left her home to continue her musical education in the U.S., France and Austria. She studied with renown Masters of the Piano Chamber repertoire, such as L. Monti, C.C-Schuster as well as succesful soloists like E.Erlendsdottir, M. Mogilevsky and Dr. L. Melton.

Her competition success both as a soloist and a chamber musician includes prizes at competitions like F. Chopin Young Musicians Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia, Gaudeamus Interpretors Competitionin Amsterdam, The Netherlands , Dr. Marjoree Petee ArtSong Competition in Bowling Green, United State.

Since her debut at the age of 8 with the Georgian National TV and Radio Orchestra, Mariam has performed in France, Austria, Hungary, TheNetherlands, Germany, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, Serbia and the U.S. in prestigious venues like the Musikverein Wien, RadioKulturhaus Wien and Musikgebouw in Amsterdam. Mariam has been featured on Georgian, Serbian, Dutch and Austrian radios as well as Georgian and U.S. TV channels.

A devoted soloist, Mariam is an advocate of new music and an experienced chamber musician, as well as a vocal coach. Her interest in New Music resulted in many world, European and North American premieres, including pieces written for and premiered by the saxophone/piano Solaris Duo and the piano trio Trio Immersio.


Admission is $20 for the general public, $15 for members and seniors, and $5 for students with I.D. Children 12 and younger are free. For more information, please call (607) 722-4873 or email info@phelpsmansion.org. Tickets available below.

October Chamber Concert

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council.


October 21, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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