Misha Keylin – violin
Since his New York Carnegie Hall début at age 11, violinist Misha Keylin has earned critical and popular acclaim for his exuberant musicality, keen interpretive insight, and rare tonal beauty. Noted for a wide range of repertoire, Keylin is attracting particular attention with his world-premiere complete CD series of the seven Henry Vieuxtemps violin concertos, released by Naxos. These recordings have already sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and garnered numerous press accolades and awards (such as “Critic’s Choice” by The New York Times, Gramophone and The Strad). Following the success of the violin concertos, Naxos has invited Keylin to record the complete works of Vieuxtemps. In a career already spanning forty-five countries on five continents, Misha Keylin has been guest soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, NDR Philharmonic of Hannover, Budapest Philharmonic, Israel Sinfonietta, Bologna Philharmonic, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile; in addition, he has performed with the National Symphony Orchestras of Ukraine, Latvia, Colombia, Costa Rica and other prestigious ensembles. United States concerto and recital appearances have brought him to the major venues across the country. www.keylin.com
Sergey Antonov – cello
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 Olympiad, 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. His international performance tours have taken him to France, Italy, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Korea, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates. He has collaborated with such conductors as Yuri Simonov, Maxim Vengerov, David Geringas, Mikhail Pletnev, Jonathon McPhee, Yuri Bashmet, Eiji Oue and Yan Pascal Tortelier. www.sergeyantonov.com
Ilya Kazantsev – piano
Mr. Kazantsev, a fresh and exciting presence on the international music scene, 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. Among his many awards and honors, Ilya received the first prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition (Paris) and was a winner of the International Chopin Competition (Moscow) and the 2007 & 2008 World Piano Competition (Cincinnati). Based in the United States since 2002, Mr. Kazantsev has participated in master-classes presented by leading pianists such as Earl Wild, Richard Goode, Yefim Bronfman, Philippe Entremont, Menahem Pressler and Pierre Boulez. www.ilyakazantsev.com
Anat Malkin Almani – viola
Named as one of the “gifted young violinists and violists who are among the vanguard leading the march of violin art into the 21st century” by Henry Roth in his book entitled Violin Virtuosos from Paganini to the 21st Century, Anat Malkin Almani began her violin studies at the age of five with her father, Isaac Malkin. By the age of six, she was already performing as soloist with orchestras. At ten, she embarked on her first world tour comprised of recitals and performances with symphony orchestras throughout Norway, Mexico and the United States. Ms. Malkin Almani made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of sixteen under the baton of Alexander Schneider. Additional performances, both with orchestra and in recital, have taken her throughout Argentina, Colombia, France, Holland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay. Ms. Malkin Almani has been heard on New York radio on the McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase hosted by Robert Sherman. In the spring of 2005, she was featured in a 60-minute interview on globally broadcast Russian Television International. She has also been featured and interviewed on CBS (American television), Israeli television and Israeli radio. An active chamber musician, Ms. Malkin Almani performs regularly with her sister, violinist Bracha Malkin, as part of The Malkin Duo. In 1996, they made their debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as prizewinners of the Artist International Auditions. Ms. Malkin-Almani also collaborates annually with well-known artists such as Emanuel Borok, David Geber, Mikhail Kopelman and Julia Lichten at the Academy of Music Festival in Nyack, New York. In addition to her teaching at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, she is an artist faculty member of the Academy of Music Festival. She has taught in Siena, Italy and presented master classes in Argentina and in Israel. Ms. Malkin Almani’s training includes work with Josef Gingold; Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Isaac Malkin; The Juilliard School, as a student of Cho-Liang Lin, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree; and the Maastricht Conservatorium in Holland, where she worked with Boris Belkin and received a Master of Music degree, cum laude.
Benjamin Breen – Artistic Director, Violin.
Australian/American violinist recognized for his “exceptional purity of tone” and “beguiling sensitivity” (the Strad) made his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. His “intense emotion” and “tone tinged with gold” (Sydney Morning Herald) have led to engagements in Australia, Europe, the United States and Japan, both as soloist with orchestra, in recital, and as chamber musician. Breen has also premiered works dedicated to him by the eminent Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. In Australia he has made television appearances on ABC-TV and the 9 Network and participated in radio broadcasts on ABC-FM, ABC Radio National, 2MBS-FM & 3MBS-FM. His growing list of U.S. broadcast credits include performances on WNYC, and National Public Radio stations nationwide. Breen began studies at the age of 5 in Sydney. At 11 he entered the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where his teachers were John Harding and Janet Davies. After pursuing musical studies in Germany, he returned to Australia, where he participated in master classes with Valery Klimov, Igor Ozim and Raphael Hillyer. Participation in the Melbourne Summer Music Festival with Pinchas Zukerman led Mr. Breen to continue his studies in New York. At The Juilliard School, Breen studied violin with Stephen Clapp and chamber music with Samuel Sanders and Paul Doktor. He subsequently continued violin studies with violinist Harry Shub in New York, whose pedagogy influenced him greatly. As chamber musician he has appeared at the Aspen, Next Generation, Telluride, NorthWest Bach and Sitka music festivals. Performances with ex-Heifetz pianist Milton Kaye led to the release of Breen’s debut recording of the Brahms Sonatas on the Australian Tall Poppies label available world-wide. Tall Poppies have also released “Cafe Fiddle” to wide critical acclaim. His instrument is from 1712 made by Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andrea – the “ex-Boyle” with a bow by Joseph Henry, he also performs on a violin by Boris Sverdlik made in Cremona 2005. www.aussifiddler.com