susie moscovich presents is all about promoting local talent on a personal and intimate level. The Virginia Graczak Music Scholarship(VGMS), encompassing the Margaret Gracza Fine Art Award, was founded by Susie and Dr. Michael Moscovich in 2001 to encourage and promote the arts in young people in School Districts 71 & 72. It consists of an annual scholarship award (VGMS) in both piano and voice, administered by the Campbell River Friends of Music and the Margaret Gracza Fine Art Award, administered by North Island College. Since its inception, The VGMS has raised over $110,000. The Moscovich’s started raising funds by holding dinner concerts in their home. However, after downsizing, with the help of the CR Friends of Music, susie started producing concerts to continue to raise funds for the VGMS. The objective of these concerts is to promote local talent in a small and intimate setting and to raise funds for the continuation of VGMS.
Thursday, December 21
Tickets: $24 Members, $29 Non Members
Friday, December 22
Stan Hagen Theatre
Tickets: Adults, $30
Tickets available at:
Campbell River, Tidemark Theatre
Courtenay, Laughing Oyster Bookstore
Comox, Blue Heron Bookstore
Evan Grahek is a talent of prodigious level, having only started piano at age twelve. By seventeen he was performing some of the most difficult repertoire written for the piano. He has studied with Dr. Ken Mays, Dr. Sam Rotman, Dr. Robert Ward, Professor Adam Wibrowski, and Dr. Robert Lehrbaumer. Evan has won numerous competitions in his home state of California (Southern California Junior Bach Festival, 2013; California Association of Professional Music Teachers' Sonata Competition, 2011, 2013, 2015) and has performed in many international festivals and venues in locations including Russia, Austria, Albania, Croatia, Slovakia, Israel, and Italy. Currently, he maintains an active teaching studio in Los Angeles and performs regularly.
Matthew Krell is an award-winning pianist and accomplished actor who has been engrossed in the performing arts for over fifteen years. He has been recognized in competitions, festivals, and masterclasses in Canada and the States. He was selected over seven times to represent the North Island District at the BC Performing Arts Festivals in Piano and Speech Arts, and was a winner of the Ruth Scott Chopin Competition, the Virginia Graczak Scholarship Competition, the Dorothy Brealey Memorial Scholarship, the BCRMTA's Young Artists' Competition (runner-up), as well as the California Association of Professional Music Teacher's Sonata and Romantic Competitions. Matthew performs at many concert galas and events every semester, often receiving audience choice awards. He has been praised for his technical capacities, raw musicality, comedic sensibilities, and audience appeal. He is a sought after collaborative artist, with over nearly 3000 hours of accompanying experience. He holds his Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music with an advanced certificate of theory, as well the rare Licentiate of the Royal Conservatory in Piano Performance with distinction. Matthew is currently completing a triple-emphasis Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance, Pedagogy, and Music Composition at university in Southern California.