Manhattan Piano Trio – Biography

Dmitry Kouzov, cellist
Milana Strezeva, pianist
Wayne Lee, violinist

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 celebrating its 13th season, Manhattan Piano Trio is one of the most active groups in the classical music scene, having performed hundreds of concerts for enthusiastic audiences in almost 40 states, Australia, South Africa and Italy. The Washington Post described the Trio as “impressive” and “outstanding” while the Sarasota Herald Tribune said “one seldom is privileged to enjoy music of such a wide range of styles performed with self-effacing skill and relaxed assurance.” Their third album, a disc of Schumann and Chopin trios in honor of the composers’ bicentennials, was successfully released in 2010 on the Marquis Classics label.

Shortly after its formation in 2004, the Manhattan Piano Trio captured grand prizes at the Plowman Competition and the Yellow Springs Competition, and received the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Listeners’ Choice Award at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Since then, Manhattan Piano Trio has performed in prestigious venues such as the Kravis Performing Arts Center, the Clark Memorial Library at UCLA, Chamber Music Sedona and Pro Musica Detroit.

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.

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;  Milana Strezeva, pianist, is originally from Chişinău, Moldova; and Dmitry Kouzov, cellist, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In addition to their rigorous concert schedule, the members of Manhattan Piano Trio are teachers, soloists, and recitalists who have performed internationally. The performers all completed graduate degrees at the Juilliard School, and the group still enjoys an active presence in Manhattan.

Manhattan Piano Trio – Program

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Saturday, March 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Green Bay West High School
Two canons from The Art of Fugue, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Canon per Augmentationem in Contrario Motu
Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta

The Art of Fugue is the culmination of Bach’s experimentation with instrumentation having a single dominating theme.

Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Op. 49, Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)

Molto Allegro ed agitato
II. Andante con moto tranquillo
III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato

The Piano Trio No 1 is one of Mendelssohn’s most popular chamber works and is recognized as one of his greatest.

*** Intermission ***

Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Andante cantabile ma però con moto
IV. Allegro moderato

This work is commonly referred to as the Archduke Trio, dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria, son of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor.

Manhattan Piano Trio

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Classical excellence! — With rave reviews from top critics, a busy recording schedule and regular dates at prestigious venues including Alice Tully Hall and the Ravinia Festival, MPT is among the most in-demand groups in classical music. They’re young Americans with a world of talent: 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 Moldova.