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Intriguingly, June's power of concentration often leads the audience to associate her performance with a man's energy and vitality. This is perhaps because she exemplifies both the correspondence between masculinity and uncertainty which one finds in Schumann or Elgar, and also the balance in Bach or Beethoven between romanticism and scientism.
At the same time, her performance is suffused with the spiritual purity that June herself possesses and that she regards as the quintessence of art. June talks with serenity, bringing out unobtrusive nuances with carefully chosen words and the gentlest use of inflection, and she conducts herself in a manner reflecting her innate grace and dignity.
June's exceptional musical ear was first perceived when she remembered and sang more than 30 songs with perfect intonation at barely 18 months, before she had learned to talk.
Having been introduced to the cello at the age of nine, June instinctively knew at once that she had found her lifetime confidante, though she was unaware, as yet, that this rapport betokened her destiny as a cellist. She could play Kabalevsky's and Saint Saëns First Concertos in less than two years.
Still only eleven, June realised for the first time that she was a born soloist when she experienced the audience's prolonged demands for an encore after a solo performance in France. She added Boccherini's Sonatas and Haydn's C major Concerto to her repertoire over the next two years.
“The cello has a spirit. Being made of wood, a blessing of this earth, it breathes. Its full rich tone closely resembles the human voice. Over time, cellos like mine, which have lived and matured through two centuries of change since their creation, resonate with this long adventure,” says June, capturing perfectly the charm of the cello.
June's cherished cello came to be called Josephine, whom she treasures more than her own life. Their private conversations symbolise June's homage to her late father, while her public performances are dedicated each time to her audience, as well as expressing her gratitude towards her tutors and the composers.
June's high level of diligence and self-motivation were made possible by her privileged background. She has also inherited the professionalism and musicianship of instrumentalists in her family.
She values inner qualities much more highly than anything else, and had long been attracted to the mental discipline and strength of artists trained under the Soviet system. She accordingly seized every opportunity to learn and assimilate their artistry in order to convey her understanding of their music better.
June's performances are luxuriant, projecting a range of colours and textures from exuberant and eloquent to subtle and delicate, unveiling the profundity of her interpretation and her authentic synthesis of Russian, German and French techniques. She can exude absolute tranquillity or suppressed suffering, inviting her audience into a world beyond themselves.
June's concerto performances in artistic East European cities such as St. Petersburg and Budapest have been greeted with rapturous applause, especially for her Dvoøák and Shostakovich. A recital series in Great Britain was equally well received.
June has an enquiring mind and likes to satisfy her intellectual curiosity. Not only is she genuinely keen to expand her learning, but she is also endowed with extraordinary attentiveness, insight and abilities of absorption. June appreciates various genres of art, and her diverse interests also include psychology, philosophy, history and science.
June knows the importance of having the widest possible perspective on life, and of respecting other people's own individual values. She also has a sparkling wit which is revealed in her light-hearted jests. Her well-rounded personality further enhances her performance.
“June is a mature, well accomplished musician who impressed me with her high degree of motivation and diligent application to music. Her character, skills and experience are of great value to Great Britain.” Professor Karine Georgian
“I have great admiration for the sincerity, discipline and dedication which June brings to her cello playing. I always look forward to hearing her play. She sets herself challenges and meets them courageously. I applaud this attitude and wish her great success.” Professor Ralph Kirshbaum
“Her performance is elegant and authentic. The audience was absolutely delighted, they rushed to ask for her autograph.” Dr Elena L. Kostyuchenko, St. Petersburg