One of the world’s finest accordionists — Alexander Sevastian — will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd, as part of the Lakes Area Concert Association.
Sevastian, who was born in 1976 in Minsk, Belarus, started playing the accordion at the age of 7. After finishing musical school in 1991 he entered the Glinka Musical College in Minsk where he was taught by Myron Boula. After finishing college he entered the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow in the class of Professor Friedrich Lips. In 1998, Sevastian was trained by professor Elsbeth Moser at the Sofia Goubaidulina Master Class in Avignon, France.
Since 2002, Sevastian has been touring with an internationally recognized group “Quartetto Gelato,” in both the United States and Canada. He also made his debut with the Hamilton Symphony (under Boris Brott) and has since performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and with orchestras in Victoria, Quebec City, Kelowna, Kamloops, Windsor, Edmonton, Charleston, Mississauga, Sioux City and Nanaimo.
In 2007 he won the prestigious Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships, held in Washington, D.C. Since that time his solo engagements have included appearances in Mexico, Serbia, Portugal, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the USA and several major tours in Canada.
There is only one more concert left in the 2011-12 series: Redhead Express Walker Family to perform April 28. Association membership tickets for the series includes concerts in Brainerd, Sauk Centre, Alexandria, Wadena and Park Rapids. Tickets for the 2012-13 concert series will be sold for a discount rate at Monday’s concert.
For more information on the concert series or tickets, call Betty Alderman at 829-3379.