Tuesday 20 June 2023 at 7:30 pm
at St Mary's Church, Barnes
Jasmina Kulaglich, piano
Lev Maslovsky, violin
Igor Kiritchenko, cello
Dvořák Piano Trio No.4 in E minor, Op.90 (Dumky)
Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat, Op.1 No.1
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No.9 in E flat, S.379 arr. for piano trio
TRIO BOHÈME is a young ensemble of experienced musicians with three nationalities in this very slavonic trio! A Parisian group of musicians from Serbia, Russia, Ukraine, founders of the Tchaikovsky Quartet and Anton Quartet in Moscow, and the Trio Botticelli in the USA.
“What strength ! Inner character and power, together in a single breath” – Radio Suisse Romande praises Serbian pianist Jasmina Kulaglich for her creativity, combining her great sensitivity and her Slavic passion.
A Serbian pianist currently based in Paris, Jasmina has recorded for the Naxos (“Byzantine Mosaic”, world premiere) and Calliope labels. Her new album “Dumka” has received rave reviews at Classica in France (5*), Crescendo in Belgium, Musicweb in London…
« This album is wonderful ; marvellously balanced in terms of repertoire and style and Kulaglich has all the lyricism, warmth and spaciousness that one could desire. » (Musicweb International, UK)
Soloist with the Orchestre Romantique Européen de Paris in Liszt’s two Concertos, with “U.K. Symphony Orchestra” in London, chamber orchestras in France, she also performs with soloists of the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France.
Nurtured by the traditions of the Russian school of pianists, then that of Claudio Arrau, she performed in France (Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, Fondation Cziffra, Goethe Institut, Festival Debussy, Lyon, Pianissimes), in Great Britain (London, Leister), in Switzerland (Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel), in Italy, Holland, Belgium, in the United States…
Born in Belgrade, Jasmina Kulaglich achieved a unanimous First Prize from the High National Music Academy in her native city, the “Grand Prize” of the “Arts University”, First Prize in the Competition for Serbian pianists and the “October Prize” from the City of Belgrade. Following this she pursued her studies in France and Switzerland with Edith Fischer and Aquiles Delle Vigne, then with Georgy Sebok and Karl Kammerling.
Jasmina Kulaglich also released the Naxos CD « Byzantine Mosaic » in the World Premiere, presenting the Serbian composer Svetislav Bozic. The CD received, among others, the highest award from the famous belgium classical magazine « Crescendo » and still attracts attention from critics for its originality. “It’s a record of rare beauty” (ResMusica)
Jasmina founded the Trio Botticelli and recently the Trio Bohème with whom she released the album “The Seasons” with the Tchaikovsky / Piazzolla program and received outstanding reviews across Europe.
Jasmina is also holding position of the faculty at the High Academy “Pole Supérieur 93” in Paris and is giving masterclasses in Italy and Portugal, as well as for Chinese pianists in France.
“The fingers of Serbian pianist Jasmina Kulaglich undertake the particular style of each piece with great enthusiasm, avoiding uniformity… with all the vigor required… cloudy and subtle… fresh and spontaneous… she knows how to bring out the spirit of each score.” 5* Classica, Paris
Since then she has enjoyed performing with major orchestras such as the Weimar Staatskapelle, Belgian National Orchestra, Lille National Orchestra, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, London Mozart Players, London Chamber Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Amadeus Chamber Orchestra and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, collaborating with conductors including Hans Drewanz, George Alexander Albrecht, Shlomo Mintz, Saulus Sondeckis, James Judd, Paul Watkins, Matthias Bamert, Gilbert Varga, Christian Arming, Christopher Warren-Green and Yutaka Sado.
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Igor Kiritchenko began his cello studies at the Stoliarsky School. He studied with L. Evgrafov at the Gnessin Institute (Moscow), received his diploma in 1981 and completed an assistantship there in 1984. He studied chamber music with V. Berlinsky (Borodine Quartet) and completed graduate studies at the Paris National Conservatory with Alain Meunier.
In 1981, he won First Prize in the All Russia Cello Competition; in 1984 he was a winner in the International Cello Competition, Belgrade.
In 1988, he joined the Anton String Quartet. The following year, as a member of this quartet, he won the Grand Prix and the International Press Jury's Prize at the Evian International Competition.
In 1993, again with the Anton Quartet, he won both First Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of Russian music at the third Schostakovitch International Competition for String Quartets in St. Petersburg. As a member of the Anton Quartet, he made numerous tours in France, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Russia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Japan, Mexico, Morocco and performed in some of the most prestigious halls and festivals: Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Chatelet, Théâtre de la Ville, and Salle Gaveau (Paris); the Herkulesaal, Munich; Academia Santa Cecilia, Rome; the Barbican Center, London; Santori Hall, Tokyo, etc.
He was invited to play by M. Rostropovitch (Prokofiev Festival, London), by S. Richter (December Nights in Moscow festival), by the Borodine Quartet and has played with such artists as Yuri Bashmet, Michael Vaiman, Dina Yoffe, Michel Portal, Paul Meyer, Emile Naoumoff, Frank Braley, Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Dmitry Kirichenko, etc,
He has done numerous recordings for radio and television as well as six CDs with the Anton Quartet.
Member of the Elysée String Quartet since 1995, of Equinox Piano Trio, Élysée String Trio, Alta Trio of Paris, Juon Project, Arioso Trio.