Since his New York Carnegie Hall debut at age 11, violinist Misha Keylin has continued to earn critical and audience acclaim for his musicality, keen interpretive insight, and rare tonal beauty. He is joined by pianist Robert Koenig.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Sonata in E minor, K. 304
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Sonata in D minor, Op. 108, No. 3
George Rochberg (1918–2005)
Rhapsody & Prayer (1989)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Melodie from Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Since his New York Carnegie Hall début at age 11, violinist Misha Keylin has continued to earn critical and audience acclaim for his exuberant musicality, keen interpretive insight and rare tonal beauty. Noted for a wide range of repertoire, Keylin attracted particular attention with his world-premiere three CD series, featuring all seven of Henry Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concertos, released on the Naxos label. These recordings have sold over 125,000 copies worldwide and have garnered numerous press accolades and awards (such as “Critic’s Choice” by The New York Times, Gramophone and The Strad). His most recent CD features Vieuxtemps’ violin showpieces with orchestra (Naxos) and its continued success has led Naxos to invite Keylin to record the remaining orchestral works of Vieuxtemps.
In a career already spanning forty-five countries on five continents, Keylin has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Roberto Benzi, Richard Bradshaw, Irwin Hoffman, Eliahu Inbal, Vakhtang Jordania, Fabio Mechetti, John Nelson, Marco Parisotto, Alexander Schneider, Jörg-Peter Weigle, Bruno Weil and Takuo Yuasa. He has been guest soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Marseille Philharmonic, NDR Philharmonic of Hannover, Budapest Philharmonic, Israel Sinfonietta, Bologna Philharmonic, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Brandenburg Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile; in addition, he has performed with the National Symphony Orchestras of Ukraine, Latvia, Colombia, Costa Rica and other noted ensembles. U.S. concerto and recital appearances have brought him to major venues in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Denver and San Francisco.
As an active chamber musician, he is a regular guest artist with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and has participated at the Aspen, Ravinia and Australian Chamber Music festivals, amongst others. In 2011 Keylin became a founding member of the Hermitage Piano Trio together with renowned soloists Sergey Antonov, cello, and Maxim Mogilevsky, piano.
Keylin began musical studies with his mother in St. Petersburg, Russia. He immigrated to the U.S. at age 9 and was immediately accepted as a student by the legendary Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. After winning New York’s coveted Waldo Mayo Award as “Best Young Performer of the Year,” Keylin went on to capture top prizes in the prestigious Hannover (Germany), Paganini (Italy), Sarasate (Spain) and Viña del Mar (Chile) competitions. Keylin has been a Career Grant recipient of the Clarisse B. Kampel Foundation and he currently resides in New York and performs on a violin made by Antonio Gagliano in 1831 and a bow made by Dominique Peccatte.
Pianist Robert Koenig has established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, and the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank, Roberto Diaz, Elmar Oliveira, and Aaron Rosand.
Koenig has appeared at many festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Banff, Saratoga, Caramoor, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the El Paso Pro Musica, Chamber Music Northwest, the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. He is frequently heard on radio and television including ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning. Koenig was staff pianist at both The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music, and from 2000–2007 he served as Professor of Piano and Piano Chamber Music at the University of Kansas. With the assistance of the University of Kansas Center for Research, Koenig commissioned renowned American Composer Lowell Liebermann to write a new trio for flute, cello and piano. Beginning in the fall of 2007, he will assume his new position as Professor and Head of The Collaborative Piano Program at The University of California in Santa Barbara.
Koenig has recorded for Artek, Ambassador, Biddulph, Cedille, CRI, Decca, Eroica, and Naxos. His most recent CD of transcriptions for viola and piano by William Primrose was released in July 2006 on Naxos with violist Roberto Diaz, and was nominated for “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)” at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in 2007.
Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Koenig began his formal training at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Lee Kum-Sing and Gwen Thompson and later studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Academie Musicale di Chigiana in Siena, Italy. During this time he received several awards from the Canadian Government including a Canada Council Project Grant. He completed both his bachelors and masters degrees in Accompanying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Karen Tuttle.