Silvian Iticovici, faculty violin recital with Mitsuko Morikawa, piano
A native of Romania, Silvian Iticovici, violin, is a renowned international soloist and collaborator. He received his master’s degree from the Bucharest Conservatory and continued his studies with Yehudi Menuhin, in London and Amsterdam, Ivan Galamian, in New York, and Norbert Brainin in England. Mr. Iticovici won second prize in the 1969 International Violin Competition in Sion, Switzerland and was the recipient of the Andre Gertler prize in the 1972 International Bach Competition in Leipzig. He has recorded for the Suisse-Romande Radio and was a member of the Camerata of Lysy, Switzerland. Mr. Iticovici has been a member with the St. Louis Symphony since 1976 and is currently the Second Associate Concertmaster Emeritus. He has performed numerous concerti as a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony and has been an active chamber musician with Chamber Music Society of St. Louis and the Discovery series. Mr. Iticovici has been featured in concerto performances with the Bacau Philharmonic and Philharmonic “Moldova,” both in his native Romania, performing the works of Britten and Shostakovich. He also was featured in 2005 with the University City Philharmonic Orchestra performing popular music from the film “The Red Violin,” by John Corigliano. In 2011, Mr. Iticovici was featured in a Japan Disaster Relief Concert in California sponsored by the American Association of Japanese University Women. In 2014 he performed a concert entitled “End of Soviet Music - Shostakovich and Beyond” for the Danforth University Center - Chamber Series. In addition to his performing duties, Mr. Iticovici has been a member of the faculty of Washington University since 1985.
Pianist Mitsuko Morikawa has been an active soloist, coach accompanist and chamber musician in United States as well as in Asia. She has collaborated with highly acclaimed musicians from a wide variety of genres spanning instrumental music, opera, musical theater and choral ensembles. Some of the artists that Ms. Morikawa has performed with include Julia Migenes, Rodney Gilfry, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Timothy Mussard, Michel Debost, James Walker, Denis Bouriakov, Leone Buyse, Carol Wincenc, Jean Ferrandis, Marianne Gedigian, Martin Chalifour, Roberto Cani, David Rejano Cantero, Megumi Kanda, Randy Hawes, and Timothy Higgins. Ms. Morikawa has also recorded music for the New World Records label and has been featured on radio programs such as KUSC, WCLV, Cleveland and NHK-FM, Japan.
Apart from her accomplishments as a performer, Ms. Morikawa has also distinguished herself as a unique and highly regarded coach/accompanist. She has served on the faculties at Occidental College, Santa Monica College, the Meadowmount School of Music, Idyllwild Arts Academy Summer Program, National Flute Association Annual Convention, National Cello Institute, Oberlin College Conservatory, the Oberlin Flute Institute, Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory and the ENCORE School of Strings. She is currently working at the California State University Los Angeles, Colburn School, UCLA and Los Angeles Children’s Chorus.
Ms. Morikawa’s degrees consist of a B.M. in piano performance from the Toho School of Music, Japan, an M.M. in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a Professional Studies Certificate in piano performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music and a D.M.A. in Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the University of Southern California. Some of Ms. Morikawa’s teachers include Alan Smith, Norman Krieger, Sergei Babayan, Cheng-Zong Yin, Paul Schenly, Sara Davis Buechner and Hisako Ueno.