What is Erti? In the language of the Republic of Georgia, Erti means One. Duo Erti celebrates the duo as a unified artistic organism. Making music with a single, unified purpose, breathing and phrasing as one instrument, Duo Erti makes music as an uncompromised creative entity.
+ Gary Levinson is the Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth. Chosen by Zubin Mehta to join the New York Philharmonic before the completion of his undergraduate degree from the Juilliard School in 1988, Mr. Levinson made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in 1991, under the baton of Erich Leinsdorf, coinciding with the completion of his Master’s of Music degree at the Juilliard School, where his teachers included Dorothy DeLay, Glenn Dicterow and Felix Galimir. In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Levinson, 2015 Theater Jones Impact Artist of the Year, performs the complete sonatas by Brahms, Schumann and Beethoven in Canada, Mexico and the USA as well as an extensive tour with the Sibelius Concerto commemorating that composer’s birth. A complete Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, featuring Anne Dutoit is the cornerstone concert of CMSFW 201718 season. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Levinson began studying the violin at the age of five with Professor Sergeev at the Leningrad Special Music School. After immigrating to the United States in 1977, he won the top prize at the 1986 Romano Romanini International Violin Competition in Brescia, Italy, as well as becoming the top American Prize winner at the 1987 Jacques Thibaud International Violin
Competition in Paris, France. As a soloist, Mr. Levinson has collaborated with Erich Leinsdorf, Jaap van Zweden, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and many others. Much soughtafter as a chamber musician, Mr. Levinson has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Louis Lortie, Lukas Foss, Joseph Kalichstein and Christopher O’Riley. In March 1998, Mr. Levinson was appointed as the first violinist of the Elysium String Quartet. He led the inaugural season of the Mykonos International Music Festival in August 1998 as well as a gala concert honoring the Elysium String Quartet at the United States Ambassador’s Residence in Athens, Greece and three critically acclaimed recordings.
“Levinson immediately put an ear-catching edge on phrasing and tempo in the opening theme, picked up by their colleagues, and leading, after many entrancing adventures, to a spine-chilling intensification at the recapitulation.”
April 9, 2018 Wayne Lee Gay, theaterjones.com
Dr. Daredjan Baya Kakouberi, hailed as a “treat to watch and hear”, was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and made her debut at the age of eleven. After graduating from The Tbilisi Special School of Music for the Talented and Gifted, she entered the Moscow Conservatory, where she continued her studies on the Master’s and Doctoral levels under the tutelage of professor Sergei Dorenski, and Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist, Vladimir Krainev. Her engagements have included the Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Springs, CO, Nancyphiles Festival in Nancy, France and a solo recital at the request of the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Ms. Kakouberi is an annual artist at the Musical Bridges Around the World series in San Antonio, TX, where she was a key participant in the city’s all-inclusive Brahms and Beethoven Festival. Business Leader magazine selected Ms. Kakouberi for the Woman Extraordinaire award in 2012. This honor exemplifies women who “demonstrated significant business achievement and community involvement” in their given field. In March 2010, Dr. Kakouberi was honored as the recipient of the coveted International Ambassador for Cultural Exchange Award. Awarded by the Russian Winter Festival at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, this award recognizes outstanding achievement in performing and teaching disciplines domestically and abroad.
China. In an unprecedented project in the spring of 2009, Ms. Kakouberi has recorded the three books of the Russian Piano Technique, based on the teachings of Professor Nikolaev, to be used in practice and performance techniques for students of all levels. In 2009, she collaborated with violinist Gary Levinson in the recording of the complete sonatas for piano and violin by Beethoven. The project was spearheaded by the Classical Music Recording Foundation. The four CD set was released n 2012. Ms. Kakouberi has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Moscow, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Italy and the United States. In 1996, she was among the “World’s Ten Most Distinguished Pianists” chosen by the Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition. In the summer of 2000, Ms. Kakouberi was chosen as recipient of the “Most Outstanding and Distinguished Pianist” award in the IBLA International Competition in Italy. In addition to her solo recitals, she has appeared as guest soloist in concerts throughout the US and Europe, including performances at Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, and the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts in California.
In 2009, Ms. Kakouberi was engaged to tour China a soloist. Due to her much sought after teaching skills, she is also rounding out the cultural event by presenting master classes in the leading conservatories in Mainland
“What may be Levinson and Kakouberi’s + greatest mutual strength—their ability to evoke deep wellsprings of emotion in their listeners through taut phrasing and gorgeous tone in lyrical passages.” – Robin Coffelt, TheaterJones.com 2016
Season highlights include: •
Recital in London’s Chichester
Sonatas by Faure and Debussy, as well
as short, virtuoso works by Debussy
Recital in Toulouse, France
Released Passions of the Cenuries: Music of France CD – a recital of
and Ravel •
Mendelssohn Double Concerto at the Napravnik Music Festival, Prague, Czech Repiblic