September 19, 2015 – Hermitage Piano Trio



Misha Keylin, violin

Sergey Antonov, cello

Ilya Kazantsev, piano



Saturday, September 19, 2015

8 PM



Beethoven Trio in G major, Op. 121a “Kakadu Variations”

Arensky Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32

Rachmaninoff Trio in G minor, “Elégiaque”

Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

Dear friends,

Have you heard? The Russians are coming!

The Hermitage Piano Trio, descending from the great Russian musical tradition, will open our 25th Anniversary season this Saturday evening with trios by Beethoven, Arensky, Rachmaninoff and Brahms.

These three Russian-American musicians all hail originally from St. Petersburg, home of their namesake Hermitage Museum. The museum is now celebrating its 250th anniversary, while Virtuosi Concerts is feeling quite venerable at 25! (Charlie Rose did a special on the Hermitage Museum just last week; Virtuosi is still awaiting his call.)

The Trio’s debut was in 2012, but the three artists already had strong solo careers. Can you imagine violinist Misha Keylin making his Carnegie Hall debut at age 11, and since then going on to perform in over forty-five countries on five continents?

Cellist Sergey Antonov and pianist Ilya Kazantsev had previously opened Virtuosi’s 2009 season, to great acclaim. They are gold medallists of, respectively, the Tchaikovsky and the Nikolai Rubinstein International Competitions.

So as the Hermitage Piano Trio, extraordinary musical depth will be presented on the Virtuosi stage.

We invited the ensemble to prepare an artists’ vision statement about their programme for us.

Here is what Misha Keylin wrote:

“When we start building a programme, it is always important for us to take our audience on a journey.  With Beethoven’s “Kakadu Variations”, we all learn that no matter how dark the music may start, Beethoven always makes sure that we all end up with joy, laughter, and smiles.  When it comes to Arensky’s Trio No. 1, we get a true Russian-flavored drama: beauty, suffering, whimsical playfulness, sadness, tenderness, and trauma – to say the least!  As for Rachmaninoff, this very early piano trio already has the hallmarks of a future great composer.  He is able to showcase his invaluable ability for making all of the instruments sound as if it’s a human voice telling a story. And finally, we have Brahms’ first piano trio.  Although he originally composed it in his early youth (and then revised most of it much later), this trio demonstrates the quintessential example of chamber music for the way the three instruments become one lush and beautiful symphonic creation in a true romantic tradition.” (Misha Keylin, Hermitage Piano Trio)

Would you like to get to know the three players and hear them in performance? For a special video –  “Get to know the Hermitage Trio” –


We are also excited to launch our Young Artist Program on Saturday night. At every concert a different young artist will open the program. Saturday’s Young Artist is David Troya, piano. David will be performing Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2

Thank you for your support in helping us to open our 25th season with a bang!