3. Louis Arques, clarinet; Milena Zhivotovskaya, piano

Sunday, April 24th, 2022 @7pm | “Treasures of Jewish Art Music: St. Petersburg School and Beyond”

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“Treasures of Jewish Art Music:
St. Petersburg School and Beyond”

Louis Arques, clarinet
Milena Zhivotovskaya, piano

Sunday, April 24th, 2022 @7pm

Live at Klavierhaus
790 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

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Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996)
Sonata for clarinet and Piano, Op. 28 (1945)

Alexander Krein (1883-1951)
Three Ornaments, Op. 42 (1924-27)

Grzegorz Fitelberg (1879-1953)
To the Wedding (arr. Simeon Bellison)

Joseph Achron (1886-1943)
Hebrew Lullaby (1912) (arr. for clarinet and piano)

Milena Zhivotovskaya (b. 1986)
Three Pieces for Clarinet and Piano (2006, revised 2020)

Jacob Weinberg (1879-1956)
Canzonetta (arr. Simeon Bellison)


Louis Arques is a clarinet virtuoso, saxophonist, singer, and conductor. One of the City’s most in-demand artists, he plays Classical and Contemporary music, as well as Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Jazz music and Early music on period instruments.

As a soloist, Louis performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Empire State Symphony, the Debussy Clarinet Rhapsody with Camerata New York and the Zych Bass Clarinet concerto with Paris Ostinato Orchestra.

Passionate about orchestra, he is principal clarinet of the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, also occasionally joining the young talents of the Miami New World Symphony.

Sought after chamber music partner, he multiplies collaborations with ensembles including the internationally acclaimed Quintet of the Americas and the City’s finest players of the Metropolis Ensemble. Louis regularly performs recitals in the US with pianist Vladimir Rumyantsev (ABT) and in France with pianist Nima Sarkechik with whom he recorded a Brahms Sonatas album. He recently joined the Bridget Kibbey’s Bach to Brazil Trio and finds the most thrill touring the U.S. concert series and university residencies with them.

Advocating for contemporary music he constantly creates works by composers from the United States and Europe. His love for the Afro-American rhythms led him to co-found Diálogos Duo with guitarist-composer Richard Boukas. Together they independently released two albums and became the Brazilian music duo with the largest body of original works for clarinet and guitar. Louis is a regular partner of the salsa band Sonido Costeño. To reconcile Classical and Contemporary music with his generation’s audience, he founded and conducted the orchestra NewOrch, and is now co- directing Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra.

A Vandoren artist and MA from the New School (Professors Neidich and Krakauer), he taught in France for ten years (including Paris Conservatoire) and recently joined the faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music.


Milena Zhivotovskaya is a Ukranian born and New York based pianist, composer, and collaborator. She has been a prize winner at the American Fine Arts Festival, The Young Artist Piano and Composers’ Competition, the ASCAP Young Composers’ Competition, and the Composition in the Arts Program. Ms. Zhivotovskaya performed one of her compositions on the radio program “From the Top” which aired on National Public Radio. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, Roerich Museum concert series, Soofser series at Bohemian National Hall (NY), Ukrainian Embassy (Washington, DC) and Colston Hall (UK) among others. She appeared as a soloist with Lucy Moses Chamber Orchestra playing “Four Temperaments” by Hindemith and Mozart's Concerto 23, and with Mannes Chamber Orchestra playing Mozart's Concerto 20, and Round Top Festival Orchestra. Ms. Zhivotovskaya's duo performance in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago was broadcast live on WFMT.

As an avid chamber performer Milena regularly performs recitals with clarinetist Louis Arques and has collaborated with many musicians among them oboists Rita Mitsel and Phillip Rashkin, and bassoonists Gina Cuffari and Nanci Belmont.

As a founding member of the Akian Quartet, Ms. Zhivotovskaya won the Concert Festival Chamber Competition in March 2010 and performed Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has participated in International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Round Top International Festival Institute, and Puerto Rico International Piano Festival.

Between 2012-2015 Ms. Zhivotovskaya presented a series of solo and collaborative recitals in Bristol and Cambridge, UK. She has appeared on the Jerry Cowhig Show on BCFM radio where her performance and compositions were broadcast. She also premiered contemporary works by British composers, part of Piano Triets Project in Colston Hall, England.

Ms. Zhivotovskaya holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Mannes College where she studied with Pavlina Dokovska and Jerome Rose. She has also studied with Eteri Andjaparidze at NYU Steinhardt where she was a member of the Adjunct Piano Faculty. Her composition mentors were Leonid Hrabovsky and Robert Cuckson. She has studied chamber music with Todd Phillips, Victor Rosenbaum, Lewis Kaplan, Charles Neidich, and David Krakauer. She has been a receipient of UJA Federation Rose Biller scholarships from 2004 to 2016.

She teaches piano at Lucy Moses School and music theory at Mannes PreCollege Division.