Premiere of “El Maleh Rachamim” for cello and piano

The composition “El Maleh Rachamim” by the composers Baruch Berliner, Nachum Slutzker, and Serge Krutsenko was performed by a brilliant duo from Kaliningrad – Alexandra Charnomskaya on cello and Darya Kochetkova on piano.

Charnomskaya, a laureate of the 4th Triomphe de l’Art international music competition, studied at the Rachmaninoff Regional College of Music in Kaliningrad (Russia) and the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf (Germany). She obtained a Master’s degree from the Maastricht Conservatorium (Netherlands) and completed a Master of Chamber Music at the Mozarteum University (Salzburg, Austria). Charnomskaya has performed with several youth orchestra projects, such as German Bundesjugendorchester, Dutch Nationaal Jeugdorkest, Belgian Limburgs Jeugd Symfonie Orkest Amikejo, and Austrian Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. Currently, she is an orchestra member at the Kaliningrad Regional Musical Theater, contributing to a range of musical projects, festivals, and studio recordings.

Kochetkova studied at the Rachmaninoff Regional College of Music in Kaliningrad, later graduating cum laude from the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory under the mentorship of Igor Lebedev, a merited artist of Russia. In 2021, she obtained a doctoral degree from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, defending her thesis under the guidance of Prof. Andrzej Jasiński. A winner of prizes and awards at numerous Russian and international competitions, Kochetkova has given solo concerts in Warsaw, Budapest, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, performing with the orchestra of the Glinka State Academic Capella in St. Petersburg and with the Festival Orchestra conducted by Pavel Berman in Kaunas (Lithuania). She currently serves as a soloist with the Kaliningrad Regional Symphony Orchestra under the artistic direction of Alexander Feldman. Kochetkova frequently appears at various venues as a soloist and as part of chamber ensembles, in addition to her teaching endeavors.

Filmed and edited by Mikhail Ilkevich
Project supervision, recording, and mixing by Evgeniy Atsapkin
Produced by Nachum Slutzker