Sunday April 10, at 3 p.m., we will be presenting a concert in the Sanctuary. Cellist Eduard Gulabyan will be the featured artist, with Piano accompaniment by our very own Paula Leighton. The concert, which will include classical pieces by Schubert, Massanet, Hydn and others, will be approximately 1 hour in length. A free-will offering will be taken.
Eduard Gulabyan is a native of Yerevan, Armenia, where his studies began at the Tchaikovsky Special Music School. At the age of 17, he was the soloist with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra where he performed Tchaikovsky’s “Rocco Variations” for Cello and Orchestra. Later that year he moved to Moscow where he began his studies with Mstislav Rostropovich, earning his Master’s Degree in Performance and a Doctoral Degree in Music.
From 1966-1969 Eduard was the Principal Cellist of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra under Lev Markiz. In 1969 he joined the Moscow National Concert Organization and appeared in recitals and as a soloist with the major orchestras throughout the Soviet Union until his immigration to the United States in 1979. He joined the Syracuse Symphony as their Principal Cellist and remained there until his retirement in 2006. During his 27 year tenure, he performed as a soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, performing the entire cello concerto repertoire. In 1983 he appeared in solo recital at Carnegie Hall, accompanied by his sister, Pianist Erna Bulabyan. In the same year, Edward was a guest soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra under John Williams.
Currently Eduard and his family live in Naples and he is Principal Cellist with the Naples Opera Orchestera, Gulf Coast Symphony, and plays in the cello section with the Southwest Florida Symphony and Charlotte Symphony. You may also have heard Eduard during our Christmas Eve services in 2015. We hope that you will join us!