Tenore

Albert Kucherbaev

In the choir since 2014

CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING ANYTHING ELSE BUT A MUSICIAN?
At certain points in my life, I’ve had to leave music for something else (mostly for financial reasons). Fortunately, I’ve been able to resolve all those issues and return to music. But generally speaking, I feel like nothing I do could get in the way of my creative work; on the contrary, it all gets reflected in my musical output.
WHAT MAKES MUSICIANS DIFFERENT FROM PEOPLE OF OTHER PROFESSIONS?
I don’t think the world has even two people who are exactly the same. Each person is a unique product of nature and the universe. Thus, each musician is different, too. That’s the beauty of the world: everyone has a different fate. I believe that the fate of each musician playing a concert gives the performance a unique shade.
WHAT CHANGES IN YOU WHEN YOU GO UP ON STAGE?
I think I’m at my purest when I’m on stage. During the performance, I forget about everything else and finally get free from everyday thoughts and problems. I always long for the stage. To me, performing is a spiritual feast where I can eschew my physical body and reach my pure form. I think that’s what anyone feels when they’re engaged in their favourite activity. My father is a builder; when he’s working, he never feels tired.
WHAT MUSIC PIECE DO YOU CONSIDER THE PINNACLE OF MUSIC?
Mozart’s “Requiem”, I guess. Tchaikovsky once called it “the highest peak music has ever ascended”. I have to say Mozart’s music has a special place in my heart.
WHAT DO YOU DREAM OF?
I’ve been doing yoga for two years now, and it has become my dream to abandon my ego and achieve tranquility of the soul. That’s called “samadhi” in yoga — the highest stage of enlightenment. Of course, I also dream of playing music for the rest of my life. I feel that’s my calling.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I think we’re all powered by some sort of universal energy which we get for free. We use it to create. The energy we get from our parents’ love is certainly a great source of inspiration, too.

musicAeterna choir events

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Dmitry Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003)
“Nonsense”, for mixed choir on poems by Edward Lear (1952)

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006)
“Nonsense Madrigals” for male voices (1993)

Alexey Syumak
“1948” (world premiere!)

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Dmitry Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003)
“Nonsense”, for mixed choir on poems by Edward Lear (1952)

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006)
“Nonsense Madrigals” for male voices (1993)

Alexey Syumak
“1948” (world premiere!)

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Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998)
Choir Concert “Pushkin Wreath”

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

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An event of residency

Philippe Hersant
Choral Opera Tristia (2016)

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An event of residency

Dmitri Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Dmitri Smirnov
Prayers from St. John Chrysostom’s Liturgy for mixed choir