The hermitage piano trio is distinguished by its on-board musicality, interpretive range and sumptuous sound. after a recent performance, the washington post raved that three of russia’s most spectacular young soloists turned into a performance of such power and sweeping passion that it almost left them breathless. reference recordings is proud to present their first album as a trio.
A rarity in the chamber music world, this elite trio is made up of three musicians who are soloists in their own right. In a performing career from forty-five countries on five continents, violinist Misha Keylin draws particular attention with his world premiere series of seven henri vieuxtemps violin concerts. Hailed as the brilliant cellist of the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich, Sergey Antonov went on to prove his mentor’s proclamation when he was one of the youngest cellists to be awarded the gold medal at the world premiere musical competition, the four-year international Tchaikovsky competition.
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 practically flawless as a soloist with orchestras in russia, canada, europe and the united states. among his numerous awards and honors, mr. kazantsev received first prize at the international nikolai rubinstein competition (paris) and won the international chopin competition (moscow) and the 2007 and 2008 world piano competitions (cincinnati).