By Tiffany Rose Miller
Eugene Feigin, an adjunct professor of music since 2002, and his sister Tatiana Feigin have been playing musical instruments from the age of seven. The siblings share their musical talents annually in the Great Hall with a recital for students, faculty and the general public.
On Feb. 6, they performed “Piano Sonata” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Sonatina” by Antonin Dvorak on the violin and piano.
Born and raised in Russia, Eugene earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from a state conservatory in Russia and appeared onstage, in films and on radio where he was able to perform for the world. He shares his love and dedication for the piano by teaching undergraduate and graduate students. “If you have talent, display that talent, I believe you can have a positive effect on people through music,” he said. He believes that music is the most important part of human experience, and is a huge supplement to every art, whether it be movies or shows.
Tatiana Feigin taught at conservatories in Westchester and Rockland County since 2003. She has played as a freelance musician in performances including: “The Feigin Duo Show” with her brother on campus, in orchestras and on WQXR radio. “I believe music connects you on different levels and I truly I love what I do,” she said.
Fredrik Stanghov, an international graduate student majoring in music composition, attended the performance on Feb. 6. The recitals are important for students to attend because they can inspire students to learn from professors who are successful in their careers in the music industry, according to Stanghov. “I’m fortunate to be a student at LIU Post…surrounded by an array of professional performers that provide me with the skills needed in this business,” he said. After graduation, he hopes to travel to Los Angeles, California and become a film composer.
Sarah Bogen, a junior instrumental performance major, also attended the performance. She plays the violin, viola and piano and hopes to be a performer. She gained inspiration and knowledge by watching her professors perform exactly how she hopes to one day.
“[The performance] was inspiring for students to keep performing and follow their career choices, even if it seems intimidating,” Vincent Basileo, a sophomore instrumental performance major, said.