6: Hermitage Piano Trio – Apr. 4, 2016


at Chrysler Museum of Art Kaufman Theater


  • Schubert:  Notturno in E-flat Major, Op. 148, D. 897
  • Brahms:  Piano Trio No. 3 in c minor, Op. 101
  • Tchaikovsky:  Trio in a minor, Op. 50

Descending from the great Russian musical tradition, the Hermitage Piano Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound. Following a recent performance, The Washington Post raved “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 tremendous acclaim for audiences in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

A rarity in the chamber music world, three musicians who are noted soloists in their own right make up this elite trio.  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 120,000 copies worldwide and garnered numerous press accolades and awards (such as “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.  A passionate interpreter of his native Russian repertoire, pianist Ilya Kazantsev has been hailed by The Washington Post as “virtually flawless”.   He has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestra extensively in Russia and the United States, as well as appearing in Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Canada, Ukraine, Belarus and Slovenia

The Trio excels at performing an enormous range of music and has a wide repertoire from Shostakovich, Arensky, and Tchaikovsky to Haydn, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Brahms.  In the 2013-14 season, the Trio is embarking on a major project in recognition of the 140th anniversary of Rachmaninoff’s birth.   Based in the United States, the members of the Hermitage Piano Trio have taught at the Eastman School of Music, Boston University, Oberlin College, and the Tanglewood Music Center, and have recorded for the Mariinsky Label, Naxos, Marquis Records, and ALM Records.  Cellist Sergey Antonov is the artistic director of the concert series for the Chamber Music Foundation of New England.