Misha Keylin, violin| Sergey Antonov, cello | Ilya Kazantsev, piano
The great Russian musical tradition continues with the Hermitage Piano Trio which is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound. 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 Trio is comprised of three notable musicians who are soloists in their own right. 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 has become 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. Additionally, pianist Ilya Kazantsev, a fresh and exciting presence on the international music scene and a passionate interpreter of his native Russian repertoire is hailed by The Washington Post as “virtually flawless.” He has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras in Russia, Canada, Europe, and the United States and 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, and Tchaikovsky to Haydn, Beethoven, 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.
Cellist Sergey Antonov and pianist Ilya Kazantsev performed during our 2014 Rockport Chamber Music Festival and blew audience members away. Do not miss this opportunity to hear them again!
SHOSTAKOVICH: Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8
BEETHOVEN: Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11 “Gassenhauer
SIBELIUS: Trio in A minor “Hafträsk”, JS207
BRAHMS: Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101
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