MIKHAIL KAZINIK: Russian Musician and Educator Debuts in Philadelphia

DREAMS DO COME TRUE! Philadelphia’s audiences (English and Russian speaking) will have a unique opportunity to meet and to hear an unforgettable music-and-lecture performance by one of the most intelligent, passionate, brilliant, and caring people living on our planet today. Welcome to Philadelphia, Mikhail Semyonovich Kazinik!


A short background story:

In October 2014, I was fortunate to attend Kazinik’s two live concerts in Moscow, after having been listening to his deeply moving lectures and presentations for a few years online. After the performance on Arbat Street was over, I came up to the stage, waited in a long line, and when it was my turn, I asked him if he would ever be able to come Philadelphia… I knew that Philadelphia residents – just like residents of every place on the globe – needed his Word, his Music, they needed to discover the Kazinik Phenomenon, and they needed a chance to see him not just on a computer screen, but live, on stage, speaking directly into their hearts. Maestro sounded interested about another trip to the US (he visited on three occasions but never in our City), but he was deeply skeptical it would ever work for his busy schedule. Time went by. We kept in touch. In the Spring of 2016, I shared the idea with my colleague Mikhail Zorich (Multicultural Arts Exchange), quite by accident. Almost instantly, Zorich became infectious with Kazinik’s contagious spark: the stars finally aligned and this tour became a reality.


Below is my English translation of the original preview of Maestro’s three first concerts in our City of Brotherly Love, September 8-11, 2016. Read more and order tickets here.




In early September, Philadelphia will welcome Mikhail Kazinik – an art historian, musician, poet, writer, philosopher, film producer, a passionate educator and one of the most erudite men of our time. His many fans call him Prometheus.


When he briskly takes the stage and begins to speak or play – there is not one person in the room who would be left untouched by his hurricane of energy, or would feel less than fascinated by the unique gifts of this amazing man.


Are you convinced that you do not like classical music? After hearing Mikhail Kazinik, classical music is all you will want to listen to: to hear it, to feel it and to be carried away by the melodies of freshly revealed vibrations… Especially if he is accompanied by Vyacheslav Zubkov – a brilliant pianist. After this musician’s concerts the audiences often can’t help feeling that they had just met Franz Liszt himself.
It is meaningless to try to describe or classify Kazinik’s programs. You need to be there. Anna Akhmatova was one of the first people to recognize the talent of a storyteller in Kazinik; the poet’s words were: “You should go to the people.” It was Joseph Brodsky who took Kazinik by the hand and introduced to Akhmatova; it all happened after Brodsky had read one of the poems of 15-year-old Mikhail.


Kazinik always felt the internal urge to reveal to people the secrets of genius men. He recalls Riga (capital of Latvia) during the Soviet times when it was mandatory for all city tourists to attend an organ concert at the world-famous Dome Cathedral.


The first 3 minutes of a concert, people would be honest and diligent listeners: organ is roaring, strong and beautiful. But after about 5 minutes, the chair didn’t seem comfortable enough, and in 10 more minutes, they would start thinking: «Too bad I didn’t get a seat near the aisle, now I can’t get out». And within an hour of this endless organ roar, they would get really tired. A feeling of heaviness would set on and the visitors would never discover anything about the music. I sat there and thought: «Lord, if I only could give a 5 minute talk before each work – they would have understood it all.»      


How do you explain classical music?


Kazinik’s dream came true: he successfully went on to explain something seemingly unexplainable, helping people discover classical music. Mikhail Semyonovich describes his mission:


«Music is the highest non-verbal communication between man and cosmos. Its giant divine vibrations, transformed through the head and entire body of a genius, connect us with our progenitor – the cosmos. A conversation about music – is no less than a human tuning to that frequency, helping us enter the very state in which the music is sounding. A work of art is a vibrant source of energy, and a human being – its receiver. There should be a wave, a channel between them. Most often, these channels are destroyed: thanks to wrong education, wrong environment, country, system, history’s endless tyrants manipulating the consciousness of the little man. I have these channels repaired.»


Classical music as a business thinking formula


Mikhail Semyonovich is famous for the fact that he can make even an elephant get interested in classical music. Thanks to this ability, he was invited as an expert to host the concerts for Nobel laureates: the organizers very much wanted to entice the viewers to watch a traditional annual symphonic concert broadcast ahead of the Nobel festivities. Kazinik figured out how to attract the viewers attention: he would interview the winners in front of a camera about their childhood, about what kind of music they listened to then, and their favorite composers.


Recently, in his native St. Petersburg, Kazinik held a three-day classical music immersion session for a team a well-known Russian company called RBI. Here is how the company President Eduard Tiktinsky describes the experience:


The three days with Mikhail Kazinik were equal to sensation of splashing into the ocean waters: bright, fresh, harmonious. Our main conclusions:


  1. It’s never too late to learn music. Even if someone diagnosed you once with “no music ear/ no voice,” or you didn’t get accepted to a music school – it does not mean anything. Maestro showed us examples when people came to study music at the age of 50 and, after regular practice, within a month, they were performing their first recital for their next birthday party guests.


  1. Music education used to be an essential part of childhood’s education, with music regarded no less important than exact sciences, the Russian language, etc. Unfortunately, these days everything is different. However, this doesn’t mean that parents can’t open that magic door into the world of music for their kids. But to do so, of course, you need to know and love classical music yourself.


  1. The ability to hear the music is a skill that can be developed. As it turned out at our session, the skill of composing music can also be developed. At least my colleagues, under the direction of Maestro Kazinik, compiled an entire symphony :).


  1. Regular practice and experimentation are pre-requisites to making progress, in any area. You don’t notice how tiny improvements and then larger achievements gradually become a part of you. It works the same with creative “Nobel” way of thinking. Allow yourself to experiment, try something different than the usual, and the result will not take long. Once you open yourself to classical music, you won’t be able to live without it.


“It does not matter how old you are and what your preferences are, there’s always an opportunity to open the hidden secret door to the true Beauty. The door that leads to the realization that the art, and especially music, is ‘a wonderful contract with the Creator,’ and your life will never be the same again. I embrace you with Music.” (Mikhail Kazinik)



Three debut performances in Philadelphia – bring your kids and friends! 


Thursday, September 8 at 8 PM

Synagogue Shaare Hashamayim, 9768 Verree Road, 19115.


Saturday, September 10 at 7 PM

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street, 19104.


Sunday, September 11 at 5 PM

Settlement Music School – Northeast Branch, 3745 Clarenden Avenue, 19114


Buy Tickets:

Online: https://www.russianhotline.com/tour/Kazinik

In-person in two Northeast Philadelphia locations:

– Petrovsky Market, 9808 Bustleton, Avenue, 19115

– Knizhnik Book Store, 8342 Bustleton Avenue, 19152

Tickets will also be available at the door.


For more information:

Contact Mikhail Zorich 855-594-8414, email: manager@maephila.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kazinikusa/