Ignat Solzhenitsyn: His Music, His Father's Legacy | Benedictine College

Ignat Solzhenitsyn: His Music, His Father’s Legacy

April 2 Appearance at Benedictine College Set

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Ignat Solzhenitsyn (Photo by Steve Riskind)

Atchison, Kansas - Benedictine College and the school’s Convocation and Arts Committee are proud to present Ignat Solzhenitsyn, world-renowned pianist and conductor, and the son of the equally famous writer and political dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Ignat will perform a brief piano concert and will then engage the audience in a discussion of his late father’s works. The event, set for Thursday, April 2, at 4:00 p.m. in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium, is co-sponsored by the Benedictine College Honors Program and the Benedictine College Gregorian Fellows. It is free and open to the public.

Recognized as one of today's most gifted artists, and enjoying an active career as both conductor and pianist, Ignat Solzhenitsyn's lyrical and poignant interpretations have won him critical acclaim throughout the world.

His set at Benedictine College will include pieces by Mozart, Brahms and Rachmaninoff. He will perform on the college’s Steinway Grand Piano. Following the concert, he will engage the audience in a discussion of his father’s speech, “We have Ceased to See the Purpose,” delivered before the International Academy of Philosophy in 1992.

Ignat is Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He has recently led the symphonies of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Seattle, Toronto, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Czech National Symphony, the Mariinsky Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.

His extensive touring schedule in the United States and Europe has included concerto performances with numerous major orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore, Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris, Israel, and Sydney, and collaborations with such distinguished conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, André Previn, Gerard Schwarz, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Yuri Temirkanov and David Zinman.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named in the Top 10 in the Midwest of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.