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 more contemporary American pieces. Following a recent performance, The Washington Post raved that “…more striking even than the individual virtuosity was the profound level of integration among the players, who showed a rare degree of ensemble from beginning to end.” 

The Trio has performed to similarly tremendous acclaim for audiences on major chamber music series in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Tucson, Portland (OR), San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), and New Orleans. Recent seasons have featured performances all over North America, including those at the Portland (OR) Friends of Chamber Music, Art Power! At UC San Diego, and the Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society. Recently signed to a multiple-album recording deal with Reference Recordings, the Trio’s debut CD – released in June 2019 – is comprised of the piano trios of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor; Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9; and Vocalise. Upon its release The Strad raved that the recording featured “outstanding playing in intense, heartfelt performances.”

A hallmark of the Trio is its polished skill in performing an enormous variety of music, and its wide, well-thought-out repertoire ranges from Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Arensky, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky to Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Brahms – the source of many of their invitations to return. 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 has attracted particular attention with his world-premiere CD series of the seven Henri Vieuxtemps violin concertos, released by Naxos.  These recordings have already sold hundreds of thousands of 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 – 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’s many awards and honors include first prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition; he also won the International Chopin Competition and the 2007 & 2008 World Piano Competitions.

Based in the United States, members of the Trio have taught at prestigious schools around the country and world and have recorded for Reference Recordings, Naxos and ALM Records. 

For more information, please visit www.hermitagepianotrio.com

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Program Choices

2019-2020 Program Choices

Program I: Beethoven’s Coronation
Beethoven: Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11, “Gassenhauer” OR Trio in G major “Kakadu Variations”, Op. 121a
Beethoven: Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1, “Ghost” 
Beethoven: Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2

Program II: Russian Masterpieces
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37b
Glinka: Trio Pathétique OR Rachmaninov: Trio in G minor, “Elégiaque”
Shostakovich: Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 

Program III: Global Women Composers
Cecile Chaminade: Piano Trio No. 2 in a minor, Op. 34 (1887) – French                
Clara Schumann: Trio in G minor, Op. 17 (1846) – German                                     
Amy Beach: Piano Trio, Op. 150 (1938) – American                                                    
Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 11 (1840) – German

2020-2021 Program Choices

Program I – Beethoven’s Coronation – Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th
Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11, “Gassenhauer” OR Trio in G major, Op. 121a, “Kakadu Variations”
Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost”
Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2 OR Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2

Program II: Russian Masterpieces
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37b
Glinka: Trio Pathétique OR Rachmaninoff: Trio Elégiaque No. 1 in G minor
Shostakovich: Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 OR Georgy Sviridov: Trio in A minor, Op. 6

Program III: European Collection
Sibelius: Trio in A minor, JS 207, “Hafträsk”
Saint-Saëns: Trio No. 1 in F major, Op. 18
Scharwenka: Trio No. 2 in G major, Op. 112
Cassadó: Trio in C major

Program IV: Rachmaninoff Celebration
Rachmaninoff: Trio Elégiaque No. 1 in G minor
Arensky: Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32
Rachmaninoff: Trio Elégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9

Program V: 20th-Century Russian and American Gems
Horatio Parker: Suite for Piano Trio in A major, Op. 35 (1904)
Shostakovich: Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8 (1923)
Amy Beach: Piano Trio, Op. 150 (1938)
Georgy Sviridov: Trio in A minor, Op. 6 (1945) 

Program VI: American Romance
Horatio Parker: Suite for Piano Trio in A major, Op. 35 (1904)
Daniel Gregory Mason: Four Sentimental Sketches, Op. 34 (1934)
Amy Beach: Piano Trio, Op. 150 (1938)
Ernest Bloch: Three Nocturnes (1924)
Vittorio Giannini: Piano Trio (1933)