Nicola Benedetti/Leonard Elschenbroich/Alexei Grynyuk Trio
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 7:30pm
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About This Performance
Sought-after soloists on their own, this “super-trio” has always devoted time to performing together since they were students in London. The result is an uncanny performance precision and warm camaraderie on stage. The London Telegraph enthused, “If any piano trio could achieve star status, it’s surely this one.”
SCHUBERT: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 929
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50
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Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and spirited 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.
In 2021–22, Nicola opened the Barbican Centre’s season, and, among others, collaborates with the London Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony. Other season highlights include engagements with LA Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, play-directing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and tours to Spain with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Asia with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In April 2021, Nicola gave the world premiere of Mark Simpson’s Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda—receiving critically acclaimed reviews. Nicola is also a devoted chamber musician and collaborates with cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk, who have been performing as a trio since 2008. Past performances include Wigmore Hall, London, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Edinburgh International Festival, Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Ravinia Festival, 92nd Street Y, New York and City Hall, Hong Kong.
Winner of the Grammy Award® for Best Classical Instrumental Solo in 2020, as well as Best Female Artist at both 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music). Her most recent recording of a new Baroque album entered at number one in the UK’s Official Classical Album Chart and received critical acclaim including a five-star review in The Times. Other recent recordings include her Grammy Award®-winning album written especially for her by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D and Fiddle Dance Suite for Solo Violin. Nicola’s recording catalogue also includes works from Shostakovich & Glazunov violin concertos to a Szymanowski concerto (London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding) to Homecoming; A Scottish Fantasy, which made Nicola the first solo British violinist since the 1990s to enter the Top 20 of the Official UK Album Chart. In 2021, BBC Music Magazine named her “Personality of the Year” for her online support of many young musicians during the pandemic. Through the Benedetti Foundation, her Virtual Sessions delivered three weeks of online courses to players of all ages and standards, published over 300 videos, delivered 64 live Zoom sectionals to around 1,900 musicians a week in 66 countries and gave 30 live sessions.
Nicola was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours list, awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, the youngest ever recipient, and was appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2013 in recognition of her international music career and work with musical charities throughout the United Kingdom. In addition, Nicola has received nine honorary degrees to date.
Nicola plays the Gariel Stradivarius (1717), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.
Leonard Elschenbroich has established himself as one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation, renowned for his passionate and compelling performances. His awards include the Leonard Bernstein Award, Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk, Eugene Istomin Prize, and a Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. He was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist (2012-14), Artist-in-Residence at Deutschlandfunk (2014–15) and Artist-in-Residence at the Philharmonic Society Bremen (2013–16).
Elschenbroich has worked with a number of eminent conductors, including Bychkov, Eschenbach, Dutoit, Honeck, Karabits, Kitajenko, Letonja, Litton, Mena, Gardner, Sinaisky. He has performed with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, NDR Hanover, Dresden Staatskapelle, Bergen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Polish National Radio Symphony, Filharmónica de Sevilla, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Netherlands Philharmonic. Further afield his performances include the Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, Minnesota Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has made seven appearances at the BBC Proms.
A committed chamber musician, Elschenbroich has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre, Concertgebouw, Frick Collection, Ravinia Festival in Chicago and the Lucerne, Gstaad, Rheingau, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, and Schleswig Holstein Music festivals with regular chamber music partners including Nicola Benedetti and Alexei Grynyuk. With the Benedetti/Eschenbroich/Grynyuk Trio, he recently toured the USA, South America and Australia.
An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, he gave the world premiere in 2018 of Mark Simpson’s Cello Concerto written specially for him on a commission from the BBC, and he has championed cello concertos by Gilbert Amy, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Peteris Vasks, Magnus Lindberg, and Brian Elias. He has commissioned several new works from composers including Turnage, Luca Lombardi, Arlene Sierra and Suzanne Farrin.
A string of superlatives has greeted the release of Elschenbroich’s latest release on Onyx—a cycle of Beethoven Cello Sonatas with Alexei Grynyuk—chosen as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and Chamber Choice in BBC Music Magazine (5 stars). Earlier releases include Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Litton, Hommage to Schnittke, French concertos by Dutilleux and Saint-Saëns, and a sonata disc with works by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone).
He is a fervent supporter of the emergent musical community in Bolivia and Artistic Mentor of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bolivia, the country’s first national orchestra, which he co-founded in 2012.He returns to Bolivia on a regular basis both for performances and to lead educational projects and has an increasing presence elsewhere in South America performing with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Belo Horizonte Orchestra, and Medellin Philharmonic as well as in recitals.
Born in 1985 in Frankfurt, Elschenbroich received a scholarship, aged ten, to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK and continued his studies with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne Music Academy. He plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller "Leonard Rose" (Venice, 1693), on private loan.
British-Ukrainian pianist Alexei Grynyuk performs throughout the world, appearing in the most prestigious concert halls and music festivals. He has performed recitals at the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland, Newport Music Festival in USA, the Musical Kremlin Festival in Moscow, the Duszniki Chopin Festival in Poland, and the International Keyboard Festival in New York, among many others. The venues include Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre in London, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Alexei has displayed tremendous interest in music from early childhood and started performing at the age of six. At thirteen he attracted wide attention by winning First prize at the Dyagilev All-Soviet Union piano competition. He went on to win many prizes, notably first prizes at the Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, and the Shanghai International Piano Competition in China.
His musical development was shaped by his studies at the Kyiv Conservatory under Natalia Gridneva and Valery Kozlov. He refined his studies with Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Later, he was awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) and served as a jury member at the Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition London and the prestigious Vendome Prize International Piano Competition.
Being a passionate chamber musician, Alexei Grynyuk is part of a piano trio with his regular partners violinist Nicola Benedetti and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. Described by The Telegraph as “A trio of True Stars” together they have toured the world extensively in the past decade performing at the Royal Albert Hall London, Birmingham Symphony Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, Frankfurt Alte Oper, 92nd Street Y in New York, and the Gardner Museum in Boston, as well as festival appearances at BBC Proms, Ravinia, Gergiev, Istanbul, Cheltenham, and Edinburgh International.