Huntingdon's Cheek Concert Series features Vadim Serebryany with MSO and ASO string musicians

Huntingdon's Cheek Concert Series features Serebryany with MSO and ASO string musicians

Montgomery, Ala.—Four of Alabama's finest musicians will perform for the Tuesday, April 5, Huntingdon College Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The concert features Vadim Serebryany, piano; Delyana Lazarova, violin;Natalie Helm, cello; and Zakaria Enikeev, viola; and is free and open to the public.  

Vadim Serebryany joined the Huntingdon College music faculty in 2008 and is an associate professor of music. He performs frequently with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, as well as withorchestras, chamber ensembles, and as a solo artist in venues around the world. Dr. Serebryany has completed eight recital tours in Japan, as well as solo and chamber performances in Europe, South America, Australia, and throughout North America. Originally from Russia, he is an Honours Graduate with Distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees at The Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts at Yale University.

Delyana Lazarova, a native of Bulgaria, joined the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra in 2013 as concertmaster and artist-in-residence. Shortly thereafter, she made her Montgomery solo debut performing Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Violin. Previously, she served as assistant concertmaster with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. An active recitalist, Ms. Lazarova has performed extensively in Europe, including concerts in Bulgaria, Romania, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Spain and the Czech Republic, as well as concerts in the United States, Canada and Israel. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees and a Performance Diploma from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, cellist Natalie Helm studied with Peter Wiley and David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she received her Bachelor of Music in 2011. She has performed with orchestras around the country, including the Richardson Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Colburn Symphony Orchestra. She has won top prizes at the Lennox International Competition, Blount­-Slawson Young Artist Competition, Kingsville Young Artist Competition, MTNA, Schmidbauer Competition, and NPR's From the Top, and has appeared with the American Contemporary Ballet, Domingo­ Thorton Young Artist Program, and Yamaha Music Foundation. She is a recent graduate of the Colburn Conservatory. Ms. Helm serves as Cello Fellow with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

Violist Zakaria Enikeev is a finalist and prize winner of international music competitions in Russia and the United States. He was granted the prestigious Stipend of the Government of the Russian Federation and the Rostov Governor's Award for the Greatest Achievements in Art and Culture. After graduating from the Rachmaninoff Conservatory in Russia, he completed his Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School and master's degree at Manhattan School of Music. He served as principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra on many occasions, and performed in The Juilliard School's Centennial Gala Concert broadcast nationally on PBS. His performances have also been featured in international radio broadcasts on Voice of America. He has served as assistant principal viola of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 2011.
 
The Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series was endowed in 2001 by Mr. Ben F. Cheek III and his familyin memory of his late wife, a Huntingdon alumna and a devout musician. The concert ispart of Huntingdon's Community and Cultural Events Series sponsored by Baptist Health. 

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. In 2014 The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized Huntingdon among "The Fastest Growing Colleges in America,"  and Huntingdon has been named among the top regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.