Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Russian Trio Opens 61st Washington College Community Concert Series on Saturday, October 6

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Three young Russian-born musicians will open the 61st Season of the Washington College Community Concert Series on Saturday evening October 6 with a program of Haydn, Brahms and Shostakovich. The concert by The Russian Trio will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Decker Theatre, in the Gibson Center for the Arts on the Washington College campus, 300 Washington Avenue.
            The Trio consists of pianist Katherine Harris Rick, violinist Nikita Borisevich and cellist Dmitry Volkov, all of whom earned early recognition for their musical talents, winning prestigious awards and competitions. They met as graduate students at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and formed the trio in 2011. The following summer they earned both the Silver Medal and the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition in Easton.
            Pianist Katherine Harris Rick made her debut at age 9 in her hometown of Yakutsk, Siberia, and never looked back. She earned honors and awards from the World Piano Competition, the Rachmaninoff Competition for Young Pianists, and the International Russian Music Piano Competition. Her musical education continued with a full scholarship to Azusa Pacific University at age 15 and a full graduate assistantship in accompanying at the Peabody Conservatory.
            Violinist Nikita Borisevich began studying the violin at age 5, first played with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra at 12, and won Russia’s “Magical Bow” national competition for violinists and cellists at 15. He was admitted on a full scholarship to the Moscow Conservatory.  An avid chamber musician as well as soloist, Nikita won a Grand Prix in the 2011 International Chamber Music Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, and this year made his debut at the Moscow Philharmonic Society.
            Cellist Dmitry Volkov has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony of Mexico, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Samara Symphony Orchestra, the Togliatti Symphony, and the Naberezhyne Chelny Symphony.  He has won numerous scholarships and awards, including the Stephen Kates Memorial Scholarship in Cello and the First Act Heifetz Institute Scholarship.
The October 6 program will include Haydn’s Trio in C Major, No. 43, Brahms’ Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8 and Shostakovich’s Trio in E Minor, Op. 67.
Tickets to the single concert are priced at $15 per adult, $5 for youth ages 18 and under, and free for Washington College students with a valid ID.  Both individual and season tickets ($50 for all five concerts) can be purchased at the door. There are no reserved seats. To purchase tickets in advance or become a Concert Series patron ($75 and up), please call 410-778-7839 or e-mail concert series director Kate Bennett at kbennett2@washcoll.edu.
For more on the 2012-13 season, visit http://news.washcoll.edu/concertseries.php.