A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Piano for One, Two, Four and Six Hands

Olga KharitonovaIounnaMachlak
Igor Machlak

2.00pm Sunday, 6 November 2011
29 College Crescent, Parkvill

Meet the Artists

Igor Machlak was born in Belarus and introduced to piano when almost nine. He was accepted into the Academy of Music’s School for gifted children in Minsk, Belarus. Igor went on to gain his degree at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with first class honours. Together with wife, Olga Kharitonova, he completed his postgraduate study at the Conservatory.

Since arriving in Australia in 1995, Igor has established himself as one of

Australia’s leading performers and as a teacher and mentor of young pianists.He teaches piano, chamber music and co-ordinates the Piano Duet ensemble at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. Igor is also an examiner for Australian Music Examination Board and a visiting teacher at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Olga Kharitonova began music training at the age of six and made her debut at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow at eleven. Olga gained her degree at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with first class honours. As both soloist and chamber music specialist, she was a multi award winner and appeared on television and radio in Russia and abroad.

Since 1998, Olga has been a member of the piano staff at the University of Melbourne. She has worked extensively throughout Asia, Australia and Russia, giving recitals, adjudicating, presenting master classes and workshops.

The Igor and Olga Piano Duohas won prizes at several national and international competitions, including the ‘Balakirev’ in 1990, the ‘Bellini’ in Italy in 1991 and a Piano Duo competition in Japan in 1994. The Duo is one of the leading ensembles in Australia, and has been broadcast on ABC and SBS radio.

IounnaMachlak was born in Russia and started piano at the age of seven. Iounna was nine when the family moved to Australia. It was only in Year 12, after visiting Moscow again, that Iounna decided she wanted to be a musician.

Iounna has completed Bachelor (Honours) and Masters Degrees in piano performance at the Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne under the guidance of Professor Ian Holtham. She is currently in her first year of a Masters of Teaching degree at the University of Melbourne and teaches piano privately.


Bach-Brahms: Chaconne in D minor from Partita for solo violin in D minor, transcribed for piano left hand

Brahms:Walzer, Opus 39 for one piano: 4hands

Brahms: Rondo from Piano Quartet in G minor, Op.25


Glinka: Valse – Fantasia (arr. Liapunov)

Rachmaninov: Valse and Romance for one piano: 6 hands

Tchaikovsky-Pletnev: 4 Pieces from Concert Suite after

‘Sleeping Beauty’ for piano solo

Gavrilin: 4 Pieces from ‘Sketches for Piano Duet’


Igor and Olga Piano Duohave performed for the Society on two previous occasions, both at The Chapel, Coppin Community Centre, Prahran. The first was on Tuesday, 3 October 2000 and then on Sunday, 6 April 2003.

The program for the latter recital featured:

Schubert: Walzer, Op. 18
Brahms: Hungarian Dances (Book One)
Brahms: Russian Souvenir
Liadov arr. Igor and Olga: Baba Yaga(Tableau Musical)
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring(Part One)