CV Volodymyr Koshuba

CV Viktoriya Koshuba


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KOSHUBA KONZERT. Volodymyr Koshuba plays at Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, 111. (1997 Rieger-Kloss, IV/59). Euro Musik CD-1001 [ODD]; 61:48. Produced by James Stemke (available from Euro Musik Corporation; 800-216-7426; ). [Bach; Fantasy in G, BWV 572; Buxtehude: Passacaglia in d; Reger: Introduction and Passacaglia in d (WoO); Bortniansky: Concerto in D; Tchaikovsky: Andante cantabile (String Quartet No. 1}; Mussorgsky: Promenade and The Great Gate of Kiev (Pictures at an Exhibition}; Borodin: Nocturne (String Quartet No. 2}; Mozart: Fantasia in f, K. 594; Albinoni: Adagio; Guilmant: Priere, op. 16, no. 2; Mushell: Toccata (Uzbek Suite}.] Koshuba's considerable abilities provoke a mixed reaction. Some of his playing is superbly musical, aesthetically sensitive, thoughtfully nuanced. Yet some of it is brash flash, rudely inconsiderate of the notes on the page or the composer's intentions, almost comical or childish. For instance, both opening and closing of the Reger and Bach selections suffer, Reger from gross rhythmic distortion, the Bach played faster than fast. Mussorgsky, too, is all rushing and blare. This transcends exuberance. But Buxtehude is gentle and genial with a wonderfully calm forward motion, Bortniansky (which, as with the other transcriptions, is Koshuba's own arrangement) perks along cheekily, and the two string quartet movements demonstrate well the coloristic potentials of this unconventional instrument and the poetic heart of the player. It's rather like the special guest at a posh dinner party arriving all duded up, engaging us with witty conversation and then, just to be different, pouring gravy on his head. When he's good, he's good, but he's occasionally careless and naughty. The instrument is noteworthy by design, with nonidentical, forward-facing, and freestanding cases on either side of the broad chancel area. The impressive amphitheater terraced console-detached and reversed-stands on the right playing those divisions (Great and Swell) by mechanical action and the others (Main Pedal/Grand Choir and Bombarde) by electric pulldowns. The Main Pedal and Grand Choir are the same pipe ranks extended to full manual compass. There are 14 reed stops and a 39-bell Glockenspiel. The sound is broad and rich, even in a relatively dry space, and remarkably cohesive. While I question certain physical aspects of the design and overall quality of execution (I've been inside the instrument), I can't complain about its musi-cality, which is really quite astonishing and characterful. And overall, this album is an excellent demonstration of its best points. Neither artist nor organ is at all "average." JANUARY 2001


Father, daughter making music Posted: Friday, Nov 04, 2005 - 11:15:44 am CST By Ann Montgomery Daily News staff writer Ukrainians play around Beloit Dressed in blue jeans, a T-shirt and zip-down sweater, Viktoriya Koshuba is easily mistaken as just another teen. But sit her behind a piano and listen to her play for a few seconds and it doesn't take long to realize the 13-year-old is not your average teenager. Koshuba, a native of Ukraine, has been literally playing her way through Beloit this week, entertaining school children, college students and staff at Beloit College before ending her Beloit stay with a concert at First Congregational Church tonight. This is not the first time the teen has been to Beloit. Viktoriya accompanies her father, Volodymyr, to Beloit every few years as part of his U.S. concert tour. Volodymyr is an accomplished organist, while Viktoriya has been touted as one of the top pianists under the age of 20. As the two prepared to perform at Beloit College Thursday afternoon, it was easy to see they are able to combine being father and daughter and accompanying musicians. In fluent Russian, the two worked their way through a quick rehearsal before a handful of onlookers filtered into Eaton Chapel for the noon-time performance. It was just a taste of what the duo will perform tonight at First Congregational Church. The two took breaks during Thursday's rehearsal when Volodymyr was unhappy with how they sounded, asking his daughter to play a piece again until he was satisfied. “Yes, Papa,” the 13-year-old said in Russian as she began again. Even though their current time in Beloit is sponsored by First Congregational Church, their music is mostly classical and features pieces by Russian composers. Their concert also features Volodymyr playing the organ solo and Viktoriya playing the piano solo before the two combine for a few numbers together. Viktoriya has been studying piano since the age of 5. Since 1999, the teen has been studying piano at Kiev Secondary Specialized Music School. In recent years, Viktoriya has been awarded two Grand Prix awards in international competitions in Italy and France. She recently was named one of the world's top pianists under the age of 20. Volodymyr has an international reputation as a concert organist. He began his career playing the piano, and at one time served as pianist for the Kiev State Philharmonic Orchestra. He has many concert organ credits to his name, including being elected a member of the Italian Music Academy. He also has been named an honorary citizen to Kyoto, Japan. The pair will perform in concert at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 801 Bushnell St. The concert is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for individuals and $15 for a family, and are available at the door. All proceeds go toward supporting the duo's trip to Beloit.

Father, daughter making music
Posted: Friday, Nov 04, 2005 - 11:15:44 am CST By Ann Montgomery
Daily News staff writer

Volodymyr Koshuba, President Ukrainian Society of Organists, 3 Shpilevaya Street, Kyiv 69, Ukraine, tel/fax: +380-44-275-82-54, cell: +380-67-501-12-39, e-mail: