Inbal Segev – cello
Israeli-American cellist Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “characterized by a strong and warm tone . . . delivered with impressive fluency and style,” by The Strad and “richly inspired” by Gramophone. Equally committed to new repertoire and known masterworks, Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of music that she performs. Segev’s repertoire includes all of the standard concerti and solo works for cello, as well as new pieces and rarely performed gems. She gave the U.S. premiere of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Cello Concerto in D Major, which was written in 1866 but never published. She performed jazz musician and composer David Baker’s cello concerto at Town Hall in New York, and was the first cellist to perform Dutilleux’s challenging Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher at Carnegie Hall. She gave the world premiere of Max Schubel’s Concerto for Cello, which was written for her. Currently, Grammy-nominated composer Avner Dorman is at work on a new concerto for Segev, and Grammy-winning composer Fernando Otero is writing a Tango-inspired concerto for her. Segev has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic, Radio Symphony of Helsinki, Reutlingen Symphony, Dortmund Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Bangkok Symphony, and with all the major orchestras of Israel. She made debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta, at 17. Segev is a founding member of the Amerigo Trio with New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus, formed in 2009. In addition, Segev regularly performs chamber music with artists including Emanuel Ax, Agustin Dumay, Pamela Franck, Gilbert Kalish, Michael Tree, and the Vogler Quartet throughout the U.S., Europe, and Israel. Inbal Segev’s discography includes Sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini (Opus One, 2001), Nigun (Vox, 2005), Schubel’s Concerto for Cello (Opus One, 2001), and Fernando Otero’s Pagina de Buenos Aires (Nonesuch, 2007). With the Amerigo Trio she has recorded serenades by Beethoven and Dohnányi (Navona Records, 2011). Segev is currently recording Bach’s cello suites at The Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City. Segev’s many honors include the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, and top prizes at the Pablo Casals, Paulo, and Washington International Competitions. She was invited by Isaac Stern to come to the U.S. at 16, and earned a B.M. from Juilliard and M.M. from Yale, studying with masters Joel Krosnick, Harvey Shapiro, Aldo Parisot, and Bernhard Greenhouse. Inbal Segev (pronounced Inn-BAHL SEH-gehv) lives in New York with her husband and three young children. She performs on a cello made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673 and is managed by Barrett Vantage Artists. www.inbalsegev.com
Benjamin Breen – Artistic Director
Australian/American violinist Benjamin Breen is recognized internationally 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 premiered works dedicated to him by the eminent Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe and Spanish/American composer Elisenda Fabregas. 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 broadcasts 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, Sitka, North-West Bach music festivals. Performances with ex-Heifetz pianist Milton Kaye led to the release of Breen’s recording of the Brahms Sonatas on the Australian Tall Poppies label available world-wide. Tall Poppies have also released “Cafe Fiddle”, an album of encores to wide critical acclaim. His instrument is from 1712 made by Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andrea – “the Boyle” with a bow by Joseph Henry, he also performs on a violin by Boris Sverdlik made in Cremona 2005. www.aussifiddler.com
Misha Keylin – violin
Since his New York Carnegie Hall début at age 11, violinist Misha Keylin has continued to earn critical and audience acclaim for his exuberant musicality, keen interpretive insight and rare tonal beauty. Noted for a wide range of repertoire, Keylin attracted particular attention with his world-premiere three CD series, featuring all seven of Henry Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concertos, released on the Naxos label. These recordings have sold over 120,000 copies worldwide and have garnered numerous press accolades and awards (such as “Critic’s Choice” by The New York Times,Gramophone and The Strad). His most recent CD features Vieuxtemps’ violin showpieces with orchestra (Naxos 8.570974) and its continued success has led Naxos to invite Keylin to record the remaining orchestral works of Vieuxtemps. In a career already spanning forty-five countries on five continents, Keylin has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Roberto Benzi, Irwin Hoffman, Eliahu Inbal, Vakhtang Jordania, Theodore Kuchar, Fabio Mechetti. John Nelson, Marco Parisotto, Alexander Schneider, Jörg-Peter Weigle, Bruno Weil and Takuo Yuasa. He has been guest soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Marseille Philharmonic, NDR Philharmonic of Hannover, Budapest Philharmonic, Israel Sinfonietta, Bologna Philharmonic, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Brandenburg 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 noted ensembles. United States concerto and recital appearances have brought him to major venues in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Denver and San Francisco. As an active chamber musician, he is a regular guest artist with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and has participated at the Aspen, Ravinia and Australian Chamber Music festivals, amongst others. In 2011, Keylin became a founding member of the Hermitage Piano Trio together with renowned soloists – Sergey Antonov (cello) and Ilya Kazantsev (piano). Misha Keylin began musical studies with his mother in St. Petersburg, Russia. He immigrated to the USA at nine and was immediately accepted as a student by the legendary Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. After winning New York’s coveted Waldo Mayo Award as “Best Young Performer of the Year,” Keylin went on to capture top prizes in the prestigious Hannover (Germany), Paganini (Italy), Sarasate (Spain) and Viña del Mar (Chile) competitions. Keylin has been a Career Grant recipient of the Clarisse B. Kampel Foundation and he currently resides in New York and performs on a violin made by Antonio Gagliano in 1831 and a bow made by Dominique Peccatte.
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. 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.