A happy kick-start story

A happy kick-start story


norman lebrecht

June 21, 2011

The Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, 24, has long dreamed of making a debut album that would reflect his family’s odyssey out of the Old Country. The music he has in mind was Shostakovich (Sonata), Schnittke (Sonata No. 1), Achron (Hebrew Melody and Lullaby), and Pärt (Spiegel im Spiegel).  This project, he tells me, ‘is more than just my first album, rather an exploration of the cultural, religious, and political pressures of the former Soviet Union, something my own family had to deal with when we left Belarus in 1989.’

It’s very personal stuff, but not exactly commercial, right? So Yevgeny launched a fund-raiser for his album. In 10 days, he had 90 percent of the money. Here’s how (you can read more on his website http://www.yevgenykutik.com/).

Incredible! In only 9 days this campaign has raised past the initial project goal of $7,500. My new goal is now $9,500 by July 7. The more money we raise, the more we can do with the publicity, design, production, and exposure of the final product. Also, all those that gave or give $100 or more will now receive an invitation to private release parties in NYC and Boston! And in addition, everyone that pledges over $300 will be listed in the liner of the album.


Read more on his website


  • Jay Youmans says:

    Have been an admirer of Yevgeny’s clear talent for many years. Its amazing to see artists like Yevgeny, Gil and others take matters into their own hands in order to stay true to their artistic vision. I really believe it is in supporting projects like this (with grassroots and patron models meeting hand-in-hand) that classical music will survive and thrive. A tip of the hat to a true entrepreneur and leader!