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Music She Wrote – An Evening of Classical Music by Women Composers

Sunday, November 4 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$25 – $30

The Museum of Russian Art is proud to present

Music She Wrote – An Evening of Classical Music by Women Composers

Featuring Cecilia Belcher, violin |  Richard Belcher, cello  |  Denis Evstuhin, piano

Join us in the Museum’s exquisite Main Gallery for a very special program dedicated to women composers of the Romantic Era (and their music/art). Works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Lili Boulanger will be performed by violinist Cecilia Belcher (member of the Minnesota Orchestra), cellist Richard Belcher (founder of a Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet) and pianist Denis Evstuhin (TMORA’s music director/curator).
This concert will be a wonderful compliment to the TMORA’s current exhibition:  FromNon-Conformism to Feminisms: Russian Women Artists from the Kolodzei Art Foundation is on view through February 9th, 2019.

TICKETS:  TMORA Members  $25  |  General Admission  $30






Violinist Cecilia Belcher joined the Minnesota Orchestra in fall 2014 and was named Assistant Principal Second Violin in January 2017. Previously, she performed regularly with the St. Louis Symphony and has also performed with the Pittsburgh and Houston Symphony Orchestras. She is principal second violin of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston. As concertmaster, she has led the Reno Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Aspen Music Festival Opera Orchestra and Missisippi Valley Orchestra, with whom she recently performed the Brahms Double Concerto with her husband Richard Belcher.

Music festivals in which she has participated include Aspen, Banff, Beijing International Music Festival, Tanglewood and Verbier. In addition, she has toured Germany and the U.S. with the New York City-based chamber orchestra The Knights.

In addition to recent Minnesota Orchestra recordings, Belcher performs on two albums of works by John Adams, recorded by the St. Louis Symphony under David Robertson. Her discography also includes a disc of Mozart violin concertos recorded on the Ancalagon Records with Lara and Scott St. John and the Knights.

A St. Louis native, Belcher began violin studies at the age of three. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Paul Kantor, and a master’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music, working with Kathleen Winkler. She and her husband Richard, who is the cellist of the Enso String Quartet, love living in Minneapolis with their son Finn.


New Zealander Richard Belcher is the founding cellist of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet. Based in New York City, the quartet tours regularly, both nationally and internationally. This season sees them perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, New York’s Lincoln Center, as well as many other venues from coast to coast. The quartet is also touring Colombia, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand, and will be featured at many summer festivals here in the United States.

Richard is also the Principal Cellist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), and has taught and performed at many festivals including St Bart’s, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Prussia Cove, Madeline Island, Campos do Jordao International Winter Festival, SummerFest La Jolla, and the San Miguel de Allende International Chamber Music Festival.

Active in period, standard and contemporary repertoire, Richard has taken part in many live and pre-recorded radio and internet broadcasts in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has been a frequent guest on satellite radio SiriusXM. Richard enjoys teaching, and has served as Adjunct Faculty at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Currently he enjoys teaching and coaching each summer at the Adult Chamber Music Camp at the Interlochen Arts Academy, as well as many guest classes while on tour with the Enso Quartet.

Richard moved to the United States in 1998 to study with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, and it was there that he co-founded the Enso String Quartet. Richard’s other principal teachers include Norman Fischer, Marc Johnson, and Alexander Ivashkin. He plays an N.F.Vuillaume cello made in 1856, and is married to Cecilia Belcher, a violinist in the Minnesota Orchestra.


Hailed as “one of the finest pianists in the young generation,” Denis Evstuhin has earned international acclaim for his vibrant artistry, remarkable sound quality and brilliant virtuosity by audiences and critics alike. His “sonorous, dark sound, clear textures, a fine sense of balance and an elegance of line” together with his ability to find “the expressive heart of each piece even as he made crisp and fluent work of the technical demands,” have prompted critics to hail the Russian pianist as “a true artist” and “a natural musician” who has “virtuosity tempered with an old-world style…”

Denis has performed in major cities and venues throughout Germany, Austria, Spain, Russia, France, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, Estonia, and the USA. He has appeared on stages of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the great Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff Halls in Moscow, the Mariinsky Theater and Philharmonic Halls in St. Petersburg, in Warsaw and Bydgoszcz, as well as Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Evstuhin appeared as a soloist with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and the Sioux City Symphony. He worked with conductors Henry Charles Smith, Philip Mann, Mark Russell Smith, Tugan Sokhiev, and Vladimir Ziva. Recent highlights include a New York debut at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and a recital at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago.


Thank you to our generous sponsor



Sunday, November 4
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$25 – $30


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Minneapolis, MN 55419 United States
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