Great Barrington MA 01230 USA
The concert will include:
Andante and Rondo for Flute, violin, cello and piano - Franz Doppler
Dumky Trio - Antonín Dvořák
Trio No 1 - Felix Mendelssohn
Hailed by critics as "a grand departure from the usual" (News Herald), the Manhattan Piano Trio is one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in America. Now in its 15th season, MPT has been among the busiest groups in the classical music scene, having performed hundreds of concerts for enthusiastic audiences in almost 40 states, and in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Ravinia Festival.
The Manhattan Piano Trio is an ensemble that embodies, in the deepest sense, the borough that provides its namesake: these three American musicians represent starkly different backgrounds, and yet connect on a fundamental level to enjoy making music together. Wayne Lee, violinist, is a native of San Francisco; Dmitry Kouzov, cellist, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Milana Strezeva, pianist, is originally from Chişinău, Moldova.
Strongly committed to educating new generations of musicians and music lovers, the Manhattan Piano Trio enjoys communicating with their audiences through both music and commentary. The Trio also presents master classes and outreach programs to preparatory schools, colleges, and communities wherever it goes. As part of the community rebuilding effort in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, they were one of the first musical groups to perform in the city and were honored to give a benefit concert at the University of New Orleans.
In addition to their rigorous concert schedule, the members of MPT are devoted teachers, chamber musicians, and entrepreneurs. Milana is an artistic director and founder of the Grand Piano Series in Naples, Florida; Dmitry is an associate professor of cello at the University of Illinois; and Wayne is a member of the Formosa Quartet, a co-director of the Piedmont Chamber Music Festival, and a lecturer of violin at the University of Illinois. The performers all completed graduate degrees at the Juilliard School, and the group still enjoys an active presence in Manhattan.