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Sergei Kvitko’s career is as diverse as it is successful. As a pianist, Mr. Kvitko has captured the attention of music critics with his “masterful, intuitive playing… arresting artistry…  an iconoclastic sense for rubato rhythm and phrasing(Fanfare Magazine), and has been praised for his luminous touch… warm, round sound… plenty of brilliance” as well as “a natural, appealing musicality and sensual understanding of piano tone” (The Chronicle-Herald).  American Record Guide proclaimed his recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as “one of the best ever made” and placed on its Critics’ Choice List. In spring of 2013 Mr. Kvitko embarked on a 14-city solo concert tour, which climaxed with his New York City debut at Carnegie Hall that “was met with rousing applause, bravos, and a standing ovation” (New York Concert Review).

As a composer he gathered multiple awards for his incidental music for the production of Steven Dietz’s play “Dracula.” Lawrence Cosentino of City Pulse wrote: “Kvitko wove a borderline insane level of care and sophistication into every bar of his score even when you can barely hear it,” and Fanfare Magazine called it “a well conceived, executed, and imaginative score… entertaining, powerful, witty.”

What makes Kvitko’s career truly unique, is that his artistic accomplishments are balanced by his reputation as an internationally sought-after classical recording engineer and producer of the highest caliber, declared by Fanfare Magazine as “one of the best in the business,” while American Record Guide praised his work as a ”consistent stream of exceptionally enjoyable recordings.” CD produced and engineered by Sergei Kvitko have been favorably reviewed by national and international publications such as Fanfare Magazine,  BBC Music, Flute World, Clarinet Magazine, Clavier, Percussion and Strings Magazine among many others, earning praises such as “superbly well recorded” (International Record Guide, UK), “vividly detailed, vibrant sonics” (Gramophone, UK), “the recording is close to ideal – rich, but clear, truthful and immediate” (American Record Guide), “larger-than-life recording that sounds fabulous at virtually any volume level” (Strings Magazine) “warm and immediate sound” (The Strad).

Sergei Kvitko was born in Russia and began studying music at the age of six. After receiving the highest musical education there, he came to the United States to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University, where he studied with Ralph Votapek.

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