Oleg Bezuglov (violin) and Natalia Bezuglova (piano) formed the ensemble Class&Jazz in 2005. The musicians started collaborating as students at the Rostov State S. Rachmaninoff Conservatory. They continued to pursue careers in chamber music after graduation.
Ensemble gained significant successes at International Competitions and Festivals worldwide. Oleg and Natalia are First Prize winners at the I Shostakovich International Chamber Music Competition (Moscow, 2008); Third Prize and Bronze Medal winners of the VII International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England (Boston, MA, 2016); participants of XVI International Johannes Brahms Festival in Portschach (Austria, 2009); VI International Festival “Bachakademie” (Germany-Austria-Switzerland, 2006); V International Festival «The Musical Personalities» named after Alexander Tansman (Poland, 2004); IV International Festival “Odessa dialogues” (Ukraine, 2009) among others.
Throughout their career, Oleg and Natalia received grants from several prestigious foundations, including Alexander Glazunov foundation in Munich, Germany (2009), Johannes Brahms Society in Pörtschach, Austria (2009), “Russian Performing Art” in Moscow, Russia (2008), Spenser & Eleanor Maurer Foundation (2010), and Johnson Coleman Foundation in Lansing, MI (2012). In 2010 Oleg and Natalia received title “Honored artists of Russian Music Society”. In 2016 Class&Jazz Duo was selected as a winner of the MSU Ed Engagement Residency Fellowship program. As part of this project the ensemble designed and implemented residency sessions for the music classrooms at the public schools.
The duo recorded two CD-albums. The latter recording with Beethoven and Shostakovich’s sonatas for violin and piano was produced in September 2013. It was highly appraised by Phoenix Classical for “excellent performance – very expressive and emotive – precise intonation and technique – great balance with the piano – deeply poetic playing”.
Oleg and Natalia follow the idea of performing classical repertoire alongside jazz masterpieces. They constantly perform on stages throughout US and abroad.
Oleg is a violin and viola instructor in Flint Institute of Music. He is a core member of several professional symphony orchestras: associate concertmaster in Battle Creek Symphony, assistant principal second in Midland Symphony, as well as first violin in Kalamazoo Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Flint Symphony and Traverse Symphony orchestras.
Oleg Bezuglov is the Honored worker of Russian Music Society (2010). He is a co-founder and a regular member of several professional chamber groups: Michigan State String Quartet, ION Piano Trio, and Class&Jazz Instrumental Duo. In collaboration with the pianist Natalia Bezuglova and Class&Jazz Duo, Oleg has recorded two CD-albums. The most recent recording with Beethoven and Shostakovich’s sonatas for violin and piano was produced in September 2013. It was highly appraised by Phoenix Classical for “excellent performance – very expressive and emotive – precise intonation and technique – great balance with the piano – deeply poetic playing”. The ensemble Class&Jazz gained significant successes at International Competitions and Festivals worldwide, and participated in XVI International Johannes Brahms Festival in Portschach (Austria, 2009); VI International Festival “Bachakademie” (Germany-Austria-Switzerland, 2006); V International Alexander Tansman Festival «The Musical Personalities» (Poland, 2004); IV International Festival “Odessa dialogues” (Ukraine, 2009) among others. As a soloist Oleg received scholarships from various international foundations, including Alexander Glazunov Foundation (Munich, Germany), Johannes Brahms’s Society (Pörtschach, Austria), “Russian Performing Art” (Moscow, Russia), Spenser & Elearnor Maurer Foundation, (Lansing, USA), and others. Oleg is the First Prize winner of the 1st International Shostakovich’s Chamber Music Competition (Moscow, Russia 2008) and the Third Prize winner of the 7th International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England (Boston, MA 2016). He is also a winner of the MSU College of Music’s Honors Concerto Competition (East Lansing, MI 2013). In 2013 he received the Highly Commended Award as the finalist of The World Competition in Southbank, VIC, Australia. He performed in various groups and as a soloist in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, South Korea, and USA. Oleg holds MM degree in in violin performance and DMA degree in Chamber Music Performance from Rostov State Rachmaninoff Conservatory. Presently he is a DMA student at MSU College of Music where he studies with Professor Dmitri Berlinsky. Oleg is a core member of several symphony orchestras in the State of Michigan: Kalamazoo Symphony (I violin), Battle Creek Symphony (Associate Concertmaster), Flint Symphony (I violin), Midland Symphony (Assistant Principal Second), West Michigan Symphony (I violin), and Traverse City Symphony (I violin) orchestras. He is the faculty member of Flint Institute of Music, where he provides private violin and viola instructions to the pre-college level students.
Natalia Bezuglova is a Russian-born pianist now residing in United States. She is an active performer of solo, and chamber concert programs, as well as an accomplished organist, and piano accompanist. In collaboration with her husband and violinist Oleg Bezuglov she performed in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Austria, Moscow, Siberia region of Russia and United States. Natalia was awarded with the First Prize at the 1st D.D.Shostakovich’s International Competition in Chamber Music in (Moscow, Russia 2008). She is also a winner of the Third Prize and Bronze Medal at the VII International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England (Boston, MA, 2016). She became the finalist at the 1st Rubinstein Open Chamber Music Competition in Moscow, 2007. She received scholarships from the Alexander Glazunov Foundation (Munich, 2009), the Johannes Brahms Society (Portschach, 2009), and the “Russian Performing Art” Foundation (Moscow, 2008). Natalia have participated in a number of festivals in Portschach, Austria; Odessa, Ukraine; Moscow, Russia; Rostov-on-Don, Russia; Uralsk, Kazakhstan; Muskegon, Flint, Frankenmuth and Midland in MI, USA.
After earning Masters of Music degree in Piano performance and Piano Pedagogy (2006) and Doctorate degree in Chamber Music (2009) from Rostov State Conservatory Natalia was piano faculty at Rostov State Conservatory (2008-2010), and worked as an accompanist at the String Instruments Department. She served as a jury member in the South Federal Chamber Music Competition (Rostov-on-Don, Russia) 2009.
In 2010 Natalia has earned an “Honored Worker” title from the Russian Musical Society organization. Since 2012 Natalia serves as an organist and accompanist at Mount Hope United Methodist Church (Lansing, MI).
Starting from 2014 Natalia is piano faculty at Michigan State University CMS. Her teaching career also includes memberships in MMTA and MTNA which are the important steps to her future goal of founding a music school based on Russian traditions of the performing arts.
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