A classically trained concert cellist kicks off a new “Casual Concerts at the Center” series with a musical glimpse of his career on Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m. at the Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court.
Arkady Beletsky has spent his life performing throughout Europe and, after emigrating to the U.S. with his family in 1989, in the Boston area at such venues as Jordon Hall and Sanders Theatre. He now teaches in Andover and volunteers his time at the Center at Punchard through the SCRPT (tax abatement) program.
A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Beletsky started studying music at an early age. After years of training with several prominent cello masters in Kiev, Arkady’s family moved to Moscow to continue his musical education. He went on to graduate from the Gnesin Music College with a bachelor of arts and Gnesin Institute in Moscow with a master of arts degree.
He built a career performing and touring with a number of chamber groups. In 1983, together with his sister, he co-founded the Renaissance Chamber Ensemble, which became one of the most prolific and well-regarded chamber groups in pre-Perestroika USSR. Its eclectic repertoire included works by European composers of the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as music ranging from the Baroque to the modern eras. Under Beletsky’s leadership, Renaissance headlined more than 1,000 concerts throughout all parts of the Soviet Union. The ensemble also collaborated with prominent composers and musicians and cut several recordings.
Since coming to the U.S., Beletsky has performed solo, chamber and orchestral work in Boston and across New England. He has also participated in numerous music festivals and has made a live appearance on WGBH’s “Morning Pro Musica.”
In recent years, his focus has shifted from performance to teaching cello and chamber music. He was a longtime faculty member at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge and at The Music School of Providence, R.I., among others.