Vasily Shcherbakov is
a musician of a great creative potential. Each program that he presents to the
public becomes a significant artistic event. The same can just as truly be said
about the program made up of the piano works of Dmitry Kabalevsky in a brilliant
rendition of Vasily Shcherbakov.
Elena R. Richter
Honorary Artist of Russia
Professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory
A remarkable pianist, an original composer, a talented educator. All that and
more is Vasily Shcherbakov, the grand-nephew of Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky,
kindred with whom is manifested not only in exterior resemblance but also in the
kind of sublime culture that is being passed from generation to generation
throughout the centuries. It is precisely this feature that predetermines
invariable success which accompanies Vasily Shcherbakov in all his creative
Eduard Abdullin, PhD
Professor and Chairman of Methodology and Techniques in Music Teaching at the
Moscow State pedagogics University
Vasily Shcherbakov is
a remarkable partner - subtle, flexible, instantly reacting to any musical cue,
to any motion of soul. At the same time, he is a man of amazing nobility and
continence in expressing emotions that mark persons of sublime culture.
Intercommunication with Vasily Shcherbakov - a composer, pianist, and educator -
always brings about a powerful creative impetus.
Award-winning cellist, Member of the Shostakovich Quartet, Professor of the
Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory
Any true artist, the
one who combines in his creative work the Yesterday with the Today and the
Tomorrow, that is to say, genetic memory and national cultural traditions with
their actualization in the contemporary artistic world and with a prophetic
ability to permeate through Space and Time into the future, any such artist is
marked with a unique vision of the surrounding world and with a supreme prowess.
Vasily Shcherbakov is just such an artist - a talented pianist who preserves and
cultivates the traditions of the Moscow Conservatory whose alumnus he is, an
original composer, and a thoughtful educator.
Works of Dmitri Kabalevsky occupy a special place in the musician's concert
repertoire. The reason for that, says Vasily Shcherbakov, is his undying urge to
communicate with this man whom he has passionately loved since his childhood, as
well as his conscious duty to his native culture whose development has been
bound up with this significant composer, thinker, enlightener and public figure.
It is no coincidence that this recording includes the 24 Preludes and the Piano
Sonata No. 3, all of which account to a significant contribution into the 20th
century's musical culture.
Vasily Shcherbakov's interpretation of Dmitri Kabalevsky's works is marked with
such profundity of comprehension, such a fresh perception of the composer's
music that they can only be explained by a unity of kindred spirits which is
only possible between significant artists who are able to pervade through the
veil of commonness and humdrum into a world of the sublime values of being -
Beauty, Love, Fidelity, and Honor.