“This was pure delight; immaculate playing, relaxed and spontaneous with every nuance pointed to perfection. This was playing of the highest calibre.”
Eastern Daily Press (U.K.)
Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio
April 10, 2018, 7:30pm
CABELL HALL AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Principal Underwriter: Darrell & King, LLC
Children's Concert Underwriter: Watterson Foundation
Schubert Piano Trio in E-Flat Major “Notturno"
Brahms Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major
Ravel Piano Trio in A Minor
BENEDETTI ELSCHENBROICH GRYNYUK TRIO
“A trio of true stars” – The Telegraph
Each acclaimed as leading soloists of their generation, violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk have been performing together as a trio since they met as young music students in London. While attending the Menuhin School, Benedetti and Elschenbroich played chamber music together and later met Alexei Grynyuk, who was studying at the Royal Academy of Music. They made their debut as a trio in the 2009/10 season with multiple concerts in the U.K. and at Schloss Elmau in Germany. Since then, Benedetti, Elschenbroich and Grynyuk have maintained their passionate commitment to chamber music with their regular and compelling performances at prestigious concert halls around the world. The trio’s recent highlights include performances at the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall London, Birmingham Symphony Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Die Glocke Bremen, Hong Kong City Hall, two tours of South America, and an extensive tour of Scotland including concerts at Edinburgh Usher Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Festival appearances include Ravinia, Gergiev, Istanbul, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International. In 2013, at the behest of Leonard Elschebroich, composer Arlene Sierra wrote a work for the trio titled Butterflies Remember a Mountain, commissioned by the Bremen Philharmonic Society. The trio premiered the work in Bremen in November 2013 and have since then toured the work internationally in venues including Frankfurt Alte Oper, Cheltenham Town Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and London’s Cadogan Hall. In September 2015, the trio played a sold-out BBC Proms appearance at London’s Cadogan Hall. The Arts Desk lauded the concert as “a convincing Brahms Trio performance to end the  Proms Chamber Music series…. Everything the trio did helped to reveal the complexities and demands of the work as a convincing whole. The poise and elegance of the hushed ending was remarkable.” In the 2015-16 season, the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk trio make multiple appearances around the United Kingdom, culminating in a February 2016 performance on the Southbank Centre’s International Chamber Music Series in London. The 2016-17 season sees them performing in the U.K., Istanbul, Copenhagen, Dortmund and in their New York debut at the 92nd Street Y.
Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Recent highlights include the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, WDR Cologne, Camerata Salzburg, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, La Cetra Barockorchester, Czech Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Capitole du Toulouse, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and Melbourne Symphony. Benedetti frequently performs recitals in the world’s leading concert halls and festivals with most recent and future highlights including Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rome, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Ludwigshafen, Bielefeld and Kiel. Aside from her work with the trio, Benedetti has also played chamber music at the Verbier Festival, Lockenhaus, Prussia Cove, Tuscan Sun Festival with Jean Yves Thibaudet, and at Tine Munch Music Festival with Truls Mørk and Leif Ove Andsnes. Winner of Best Female Artist at both 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music). The enormous success of Nicola’s most recent recording, Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy, made Nicola the first solo British violinist since the 1990s to enter the Top 20 of the Official U.K. Albums Chart. The Silver Violin also enjoyed a similar success in reaching No. 30 in the U.K. Albums Chart, simultaneously topping the classical charts.
Leonard Elschenbroich has established himself as one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation, with a passionate and compelling performing style as well as a thoughtful and communicative approach to his music-making. He came to international attention after opening the Schleswig-Holstein Festival where he performed the Brahms Double Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter under Christoph Eschenbach and received the Leonard Bernstein Award. Subsequent invitations to orchestral debuts included Valery Gergiev for the Basel Symphony, Semyon Bychkov with the WDR Symphony and Manfred Honeck with the Swedish Radio Symphony, Christoph Eschenbach with the Staatskapelle Dresden, as well as personal invitations from Dmitri Kitajenko, Howard Griffiths and Fabio Luisi. A passionate chamber musician, he performed with Katia & Marielle Labéque at the Verbier Festival, Helene Grimaud and Renaud Capucon at the Chambery Festival and with Gidon Kremer at the Lockenhaus Festival, where also appeared as a soloist with the Kremerata Baltica. Recent highlights include debuts with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Bremen Philharmonic, Munich Symphony, at the Vienna Musikverein with the Staatskapelle Dresden, a performance of the complete Beethoven Sonatas with Christoph Eschenbach at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and a U.S. debut with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival. The 2015/16 season sees him playing an eight-concert tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Edo de Waart, debut appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphonyand BrabantsOrkest, and returns to the BBC Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony, Belo Horizonte Orchestra and Medellin Philharmonic. Recitals include Berlin, Bremen, Perth, Miami, Lima, Rio and Tokyo. In 2017, he will give the world premiere of Mark Simpson’s First Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Juanjo Mena.
Alexei Grynyuk performs throughout the world and in recital at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre in London, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Musica Sacra Festival in Netherlands, Duszniki Chopin Festival in Poland, Otono International Music Festival in Madrid, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New Yorkand other prestigious festivals and venues. He has performed concertos with the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, Brighton Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra. Forthcoming engagements include a U.S. concerto tour, a Japan recital tour, a tour with National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, and solo recitals at music festivals in Europe. Grynyuk’s recitals have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, HessicherRundfunk, BayerischerRundfunk, KRO4 Hilversum, Radio France and Netherlands, and televised appearances on Ukrainian, Chinese and Russian channels. He commemorated Liszt’s bi-centenary at a special concert in Kiev in 2012, performing the composer’s Sonata in B Minor followed by both piano concertos. Later that year, his performance of the Sonata was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as a part of ‘Live in Concert’ series in which he portrayed Chopin and Liszt. In 2013, Grynyuk released an all-Liszt album on the Orchid Classics label.