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FALZONE, Christopher Reichart, 29, beloved son of Michael and Renee Falzone, passed from this life on October 21, 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife of over nine years, Liliya Mishukova; maternal and paternal grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Christopher was born on April 14, 1985 in Richmond, Va. and grew up in Chesterfield County, where he graduated from Monacan High School as Salutatorian of his class. In 2008, he graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received the Festorazzi Prize. As a boy, Christopher loved the outdoors, playing sports, writing poetry and other activities that brought joy and laughter to his life and those around him. His greatest passion, though, was music. He was blessed with an extraordinary gift, which led him to a career as an internationally known concert pianist. Christopher began his musical journey at age four as a piano student of Dr. Joanne Kong, with whom he studied until age 18. During that time and thereafter, he received critical acclaim and numerous national and international awards as a soloist, chamber player, improviser and composer. Among his many awards, Christopher was named a 2002 Davidson Fellow by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development and was a recipient of the 2004 Gilmore Young Artist Award, which is presented every two years to single out the most promising of the new generation of American pianists. While Christopher loved sharing music with others as a soloist, he was most joyfully engaged as a chamber musician, where he had the opportunity to share ideas, feelings, laughter and fun with other young musicians as they made beautiful music together. A dedicated chamber player from age 10, Christopher was a member of several nationally recognized ensembles during his teenage years, including the Trio Levine at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C., and the Orion Trio and Favrile Quartet at Midwest Young Artists in Chicago, Illinois. His artistry and inspired performances, many of which were in the most prestigious concert halls and venues around the world, will be fondly remembered by the many people he touched. Christopher was a gentle soul with a sensitive heart that was filled with love, and his beautiful spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew him. A memorial service to celebrate Christopher's life will be held on January 26, 2015, at 11 a.m., at the Church of the Epiphany, 11000 Smoketree Dr., Richmond, Va. Memorial contributions in Christopher's name may be made to the chamber music programs at The Academy of Music, 4200 Dover Rd., Richmond, Va. 23221; Midwest Young Artists, 878 Lyster Rd., Highwood, Illinois 60040; or The Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008.

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  • Matt1957 posted at 3:21 pm on Sat, Feb 7, 2015.

    Matt1957 Posts: 1

    I am so sorry to hear the news. To his wife, I hope you can heal. To his father, who I knew, I hope you are well and strong.

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