Friday, 25 March 2022 | 7.30pm
Having initially become connected to CMB as one of our Fermata Festival Exhibition Artists last year, prize-winning Russian pianist Ilya Kondratiev now joins forces with violinist Yuri Kalnits and cellist Julia Morneweg in piano trios by Arensky and Rachmaninov.
“A perfect afternoon of music”. “Amazing!” These are just some of the audience reactions to what has rapidly becoming a favourite amongst London’s classical music lovers since the series’ inception in 2016. ChamberMusicBox combines leading international artists with imaginative and daring repertoire choices to present programmes which aim to combine the much-loved with unfamiliar gems, all in a relaxed and inclusive setting.
Yuri Kalnits A recipient of two prestigious Diapason d’Or awards for his recording of Weinberg’s Violin Sonatas, Yuri Kalnits was described by reviewers as ‘an interpreter of the highest order’. He has participated in festivals throughout the world such as Festival Musicales Internationales Guil- Durance (France), Young Artist Peninsula Music Festival (USA), Festival Cziffra (France), Waterford International Music Festival (Ireland), Irina Kandinskaya and Friends (Russia), Pharos Trust Festival (Cyprus), Festival “Musica da camera” (Germany), Festival International Ciudad de Ubeda (Spain), Loch Shiel Spring Festival (Scotland) and has played at many important venues including The Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, Barbican, St. Martin-in the-Fields, Small Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall. Tours have taken him to Russia, Ireland, Germany, Israel, France, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, USA, Hong Kong and Cyprus. A dedicated chamber musician, Yuri has worked among others with such artists as Ivry Gitlis, Eduard Brunner, Emanuel Abbühl, Roger Chase and Alexander Chaushian. He was a member of the Erato Piano Trio for six years and now co-directs ChamberMusicBox, as well as being in great demand as a guest concertmaster.
Julia Morneweg Born and raised in Cologne, Julia trained at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover and at the Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Raphael Wallfisch, Klaus Heitz and Leonid Gorokhov. She also performed in masterclasses with artists such as Bernard Greenhouse, Alexander Ivashkin, Lluis Claret and Salvatore Accardo. Julia now enjoys a busy career as a soloist and chamber musician that regularly sees her perform at prestigious venues including the London’s Southbank Centre, St David’s Hall Cardiff, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Zurich Tonhalle, Martinu Hall Prague, Trieste Opera House, Shanghai’s Daning Theatre and The Pharos Trust (Cyprus). As a chamber musician she has collaborated with distinguished players such as Roger Vignoles, Oleg Poliansky, Roger Chase, Madeleine Mitchell, Joan Enric Lluna, Emanuel Abbühl, Vadim Tsibulevsky and Anna Kandinskaya. After 12 years as cellist of the highly acclaimed Erato Piano Trio, she is now joint Artistic Director of ChamberMusicBox. She has recorded for Toccata Classics and has also been a guest with distinguished UK and European orchestras including the London Mozart Players, Northern Sinfonia and the Orchestra of La Scala Milan.
Ilya Kondratiev is the prize-winner of several renowned international music competitions, including Franz Liszt Budapest, Franz Liszt Weimar, Tbilisi, Brant Birmingham and the Chappell Gold Medal in 2016. Born in Russia, he studied in Samara and at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory before he moved to London in order to further his studies at the Royal College of Music under Vanessa Latarche and Sofia Gulyak, graduating with a Master of Performance and an Artist Diploma. Ilya performs extensively as a soloist and chamber music player at venues such as the Great Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Gasteig Munich, Weimarhalle, Palacio de Festivales de Santander, the Palace of Arts in Budapest and the Great Hall of the Tbilisi Conservatoire. In 2011 Ilya was invited to work with Elisabeth Leonskaya at the Franz Liszt Piano Academy and with Pavel Gililov at the Eppan Piano Academy. Ilya was invited to the ‘Encuentro’ Festival in Santander and in 2016 appeared as a guest artist in the Gumusluk Festival in Turkey, and the Beethoven Music Festival and Academy in Altaussee in Austria. Since 2019 he is a professor at the Royal College of Music.
Anton Arensky – Piano Trio in d minor Op.30
Sergei Rachmaninov – Trio Élégiaque in d minor Op. 9
Yuri Kalnits violin | Julia Morneweg cello | Ilya Kondratiev piano
This concert is generously supported by the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust
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