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Date(s) - January 13, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Libety Theater



Sergey Antonov, Gold Medal Winner, International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow).

Ilya Kazantsev, Gold Medal Winner, Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition (Paris).

Internationally acclaimed and Astoria favorites cellist Sergey Antonov and pianist Ilya Kazantsev return for their annual winter recital just in time to celebrate “Old New Year’s Eve.”

Russia’s old Julian calendar puts New Year’s Day on our January 14, so we a have second chance to celebrate. Join the party!

The all-Russian program includes music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

Level A Seating and Post-Concert Reception $40. General Admission $20. Students $5.

Tickets available at the Liberty Theater. In person: Box office, 1203 Commercial St., Astoria. Online: libertyastoria.org. By phone: 503.325.5922 extension 55.

An Artists Reception for $40 ticket holders follows the concert at the Wine Bar at the Hotel Elliott (357 12th Street, Astoria).

Cellist Sergey Antonov

Hailed as “…a brilliant cellist…” (M. Rostropovich) and “… a complete artist, both from the point of view of his unimpeachable technique and musically, with a cantabile quality and an energy that merge in a harmonious whole…” (Alberto Coda, Vita Nuova, Catholic Weekly of Trieste, Italy). Cellist Sergey Antonov “… literally spellbound the rapt audience … with an expressive mastery of extraordinary maturity, realized through a technical skill exhibited without glitz but with the naturalness that characterizes a genial interpreter…” (Patrizia Ferialdi, Il Piccolo, Trieste, Italy).

Born in Moscow in 1983 to two cellists, one a teacher at the Central Music School at the Moscow Conservatory, the other a Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra cellist, Antonov began studying the cello at age five. After graduating from the Moscow Conservatory, he studied at an advanced level with, among others, the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich. He holds an Artist Diploma from Longy School of Music in Boston where he worked with Grammy nominated cellist Terry King.

“There are few musicians this talented, with this esoteric ability, being able to touch the listener so deeply and put them in another dimension. Sergey Antonov is playing with intuition, he breathes and lives in music; the instrument is a natural extension of him.” (Sven Bertilsson, Katrineholm Kuriren, Sweden.) “…this musician has a serious artistic future.” (Marina Borisova, Daily Telegraph, No.91, Moscow, Russian Federation).

In the summer of 2007, Sergey became one of the youngest cellists to win a Gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

He has circled the globe, performing concerts in Japan, Korea, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, United Arab Emirates and the US. He performs extensively with the most prominent orchestras, including the Moscow Phiharmony, in the most prestigious halls of Russia, his home country. He currently resides in New York, NY.

Pianist Ilya Kazantsev

Ilya Kazantsev, a fresh and exciting presence on the international music scene, has been hailed by The Washington Post as “virtually flawless.” He has performed extensively with orchestras in Russia and the United States, as well as appearing in recital in Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Canada, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, the United States, and Slovenia. His many awards and honors include first prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition (Paris); he also won the International Chopin Competition (Moscow) and the 2007 & 2008 World Piano Competitions (Cincinnati).

An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Ilya has presented numerous premieres of works by contemporary American, Russian, and Eastern European composers, many of which have been dedicated to him. His advanced studies have included working with such prominent contemporary music specialists as Jay Gotlieb, Mark Ponthus and the legendary composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who praised Ilya for his thoughtful performance of composer’s Douze Notations.

Ilya began his music studies in his native Moscow and at the age of nine was accepted as a student of Valeriy Pyasetsky at the Central Music School at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. Subsequently, he moved to the United States in 2002 to continue his studies at the Mannes College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, working with Arkady Aronov. He currently resides in Boston, MA.

Both musicians are members of the Hermitage Piano Trio with violinist Misha Keylin.