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"My name is Gennady Filimonov (alumni of Performing Arts High School
class of 1979 alumni of Manhattan School of Music BM 1984 and MM
1985) Fulbright Recipient 1986-1987.
When Alan Parker visited our school (Performing Arts) in 1978-79, he
took a picture of me practicing my violin in the stairwell, which was an
excellent BW photo. It became the original poster of what then was called
"Hot Lunch" and later renamed "FAME". When it was decided to rename the
film, they re-did the poster in which I am the violinist with the
white head band playing my violin along with Irene Cara singing "Shady
Sadie.... Hot Lunch" sequence. This was an amazing experience to work professionally
while we were finishing school and looking forward to further our studies
in conservatory etc. For me, it was an eye opening experience in seeing
people like myself totally committed to their art. It reaffirmed my conviction
of the path I had chosen in life. It also provided me the opportunity
to work with a great director. Since then I have worked in the "Equalizer"
(TV show), first episode of FAME the TV series, and I have become a highly
sought after musician, in that I have been soloist/concertmaster
in collaboration with Rod Stewart, Linda Rondstatt, Tony Bennett, "Music
of Andrew Lloyd Webber", "Heart" and many others."
"I am also a prolific studio recording artist. To date, I have
performed in over 850 soundtracks including "HEART" Road Home album. Currently
I am a member of Seattle Symphony Orchestra since 1994, 1st violinist
of the Odeon String Quartet in Residence at Cornish College of the Arts
member of classical music committee of Pacific NW Chapter of NARAS (Grammy)."
"And I forgot to add, that when Alan Parker heard me playing in
the stairwell, he told me about his project and had invited me for an audition....which
I took and won! Originally I was to have a character of a Russian Violinist
(playing myself), but because the film was long as it was, several characters
were cut out. You can hear me playing my violin in "FAME": Sonata
for violin and piano by Cesar Frank, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto 2nd mvt.
and in the final moment of the film when we are all playing in the
orchestra, the film ends with my face."
Provided by Gennady Filimonov
Among his numerous awards, Mr. Filimonov has been a recipient of the
first prize at the National Arts club of New York Competition, the Pythias
Young Artists Competition, The Friends of Mozart Competition, Arthur Schorr
Award, Margaret Lowe Award, Jane Gardner Prize, Lusk Memorial Fellowship
and Maurice Ravel Prize (France).
Recently Gennady created and produced "Playing The Game-Music for Interactive
This event was sponsored by Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National
Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences / GRAMMY and was hosted by Cornish
College of the Arts / Seattle Composer's Alliance. This venue was designed
to promote music / composition in interactive video. We had lots of on
hand experts to discuss the ins-outs of the business where the audience
can get the insider's perspective on the process. The event will be featured
in the upcoming NARAS quarterly publication. Majority of the Guest Speakers
were SCA board members. Moderator for the event was Hummie Mann - Two time
Emmy-Award winning Canadian composer.
Guest Speakers included the cream of the crop in the gaming industry:
Alistair Hirst - award winning composer "Need For Speed", President
of Omni Interactive Audio
Marty O'Donnell - award winning composer "Halo", Audio Director for
Bungie Studios at Microsoft
Jeremy Soule - award winning composer "Harry Potter and the Chamber
Ben Houge - award winning composer "Arcanum", Sound Designer for Sierra
Scott Selfon – Audio Content Consultant XBox, Manager on the
MSN Creative Audio team, which focused on the sonification of web content
using interactive soundtracks
Currently, the Odeon String Quartet is the Lehmann Ensemble-in-Residence
at Cornish College of the Arts, a residency made possible by a generous
gift from Thelma Lehman.
"Just a few seasons old, this young, vibrant group has made a Kronos-like
commitment to a 20th century music all over the artistic map - from serialism,
evocations of folk and pop music from around the world, American classics
and European neo-romanticism, " writes music critic Gavin Borchert in the
Other Recent Press:
music gaining interest, money, respect.
The Game"- Music for Interactive Entertainment & 2nd
Russians are here: Immigrants enrich classical-music scene"
Odeon Quartet has received a $5,000 grant from the King County Arts Commission
and has been appointed as the Lehmann Ensemble in Residence at Cornish
College of the Arts."
August 30, 2002 Seattle:
"The Odeon String Quartet signs an exclusive artist endorsement agreement
with Thomastik-Infeld comp."
The Odeon String Quartet has signed an exclusive artist endorsement
agreement with Connolly & Co., Inc on behalf of Thomastik-Infeld
company (manufacturers of superior strings for the violin family). Accomplished
professionals and masters prefer Dominants/Thomastik-Infeld strings, often
citing their superior feel, string to string consistency and legendary
tonality. The Odeon String Quartet joins the roster of accomplished professionals
which include the legendary Pinchas Zukerman, Ann-Sophie Mutter, Modern
String Quartet, Turtle Island String Quartet, Chee Yun, American String
Quartet, Hilary Hahn among others.
Based in Seattle, the Odeon String Quartet is comprised of distinguished
artists who are dedicated to presenting concerts of the highest artistic
quality and building new audiences for chamber music through performances
and educational outreach programs. The ensemble features works that reflect
the diversity of American and International musical styles including fresh
and imaginative performances of standard and lesser known masterpieces
as well as new works and unusual repertoire, performing music that weaves
in threads of tango, American prison blues, Persian folk music and jazz.
In January 2002, the Odeon String Quartet was appointed as the Lehmann
Ensemble-in-Residence at Cornish College of the Arts. They have been re-invited
for the 2002-2003 season. The residency is made possible by a generous
gift from Thelma Lehmann, who sponsored the Cornish residency of world-renowned
Russian pianist Vladimir Feltsman last year.
As the Lehmann Ensemble-in-Residence, the Odeon String Quartet
offers an exciting expansion of Cornish College's chamber music activities,
with several concerts planned; they provide support to the composition
program by offering a series of readings, workshops and student performances.
The Odeon String Quartet has received a prestigious King County Arts
Commission grant, and are regular guests of the Seattle Chamber Music Festival's
"Under Forte" series. Other appearances include the Gala opening of Experience
the Music Project,Seattle Chamber Music Festival with composer/narrator
Bruce Adolph, Lopez Center for the Arts in San Juans, Under Forte Series,
KING FM, KUOW/NPR, Benaroya Hall, as well as performances at PONCHO Concert
Hall at Cornish College of the Arts. The Odeon String Quartet is dedicated
to nurturing the human spirit by promoting and perpetuating greater understanding