A classical music concert on Shelter Island this Valentine’s Day

(Credit: dmitrykouzov.com)

Cellist Dmitry Kouzov (Credit: dmitrykouzov.com)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Shelter Island with some classical music.

The Shelter Island Friends of Music will present “Heart & Soul,” a concert performance featuring the Russian cellist Dmitry Kouzov at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Kousov will perform music by such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and more. A “Meet the Artist” reception with refreshments will follow the concert.

Kouzov has performed on five continents, including with the St. Petersburg Symphony, the National Symphony of Ukraine and the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic (Czech Republic). He is a two-time laureate of the International Festival–Competition “Virtuosi of the Year 2000” in Russia and a winner of the New York Cello Society Rising Star Award. Kouzov has performed at prominent Russian venues like the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, the conservatoire halls of Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Mariinsky Theater. He made his New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 2005. He has also made recital appearances in New York at the 92nd Street Y and Bargemusic.

In addition to concert performances, Mr. Kouzov is an assistant professor of cello at the University of Illinois. Prior to that he was on faculty at the Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory. Kouzov holds Bachelors & Masters of Music degrees from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, and an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School in New York.

Founded in 1976, The Shelter Island Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that sponsors five concerts annually, free of charge, for East End music lovers. Their aim is to foster an appreciation for the musical arts by producing concerts and other musical entertainment by professional musicians.

Admission will be free to the Valentine’s Day concert, though donations are appreciated. Shelter Island Presbyterian Church is located at 32 North Ferry Road on Shelter Island. For more information call (631) 749-2251 or visit dmitrykouzov.com