Music from a Suitcase: A conversation with violinist Yevgeny Kutik

Mar 4, 2016

Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik
Credit Leora Zeitlin

When Yevgeny Kutik’s family left the Soviet Union in 1990, they were forced to leave most of their belongings behind. But his violinist mother insisted on filling one of her suitcases with sheet music, and much later, when Kutik – who by then was also  a violinist – took a closer look at it, he discovered many musical treasures, some of which he has now recorded. He came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about their journey, the music he discovered, and a violin concerto by Henryk Wieniawski that he will play this weekend with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lonnie Klein.