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Hermitage Piano Trio

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 • 7:30pm
Occidental Center for the Arts

Descending from the Great Russian musical tradition, the Hermitage Piano Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound.  In the same way that St. Petersburg’s venerable Hermitage State Museum both represents the very essence and history of Russia while also using its collection to embrace and promote cultures from around the world, the Hermitage Piano Trio embodies the majesty of its Russian lineage while at the same time including in its immense repertoire works from the great European tradition to contemporary American commissions.  Following a recent performance, The Washington Post raved that “three of Russia’s most spectacular young soloists… turned in a performance of such power and sweeping passion that it left you nearly out of breath.”

The Trio has performed to similarly tremendous acclaim for audiences in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.  The 2014-15 season saw performances on major U.S. chamber music series – including those in Tucson, Portland, OR, and New Orleans – with immediate re-engagements at many of those series.  In 2015-16, the Hermitage will perform in Washington, D.C., New York, Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Mexico and Canada.

A rarity in the chamber music world, this elite trio is comprised of three musicians who are noted soloists in their own right.  In a career already spanning forty-five countries on five continents, violinist Misha Keylin is attracting particular attention with his world-premiere CD series of the seven Henri Vieuxtemps violin concertos, released by Naxos.  These recordings have already sold over 150,000 copies worldwide and have garnered numerous press accolades and awards, including “Critic’s Choice” by The New York Times, Gramophone, and The Strad.  Hailed as “a brilliant cellist” by the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich, Sergey Antonov went on to prove his mentor’s proclamation when he became one of the youngest cellists ever awarded the gold medal at the world’s premier musical contest, the quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Competition.  Antonov’s entry into this elite stratum of sought-after classical artists has already placed him on stages at world-renowned venues from Russia’s Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory to Suntory Hall in Tokyo.  And pianist Ilya Kazantsev, a fresh and exciting presence on the international music scene and a passionate interpreter of his native Russian repertoire – hailed by The Washington Post as “virtually flawless” – has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras in Russia, Canada, Europe, and the United States.  Mr. Kazantsev made his sold-out U.S. solo debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the Nadia Reisenberg Piano Award at Mannes College.

Based in the United States, the Trio excels at performing an enormous variety of music and has a wide repertoire ranging from Shostakovich, Arensky, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky to Haydn, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Brahms.  Members of the Hermitage Piano Trio have taught at prestigious schools around the country and have recorded for Naxos and ALM Records.  In addition, cellist Sergey Antonov is the artistic director of the concert series for the Chamber Music Foundation of New England.

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11, "Gassenhauer"
Schubert: Notturno in E flat major, D. 897
Cassadó: Piano Trio in C major
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37a

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