Trio Shares the Good Times, Challenging Repertoire

| September 5, 2011

Sweet Briar College will host the classical music ensemble Manhattan Piano Trio at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 in Memorial Chapel.

Cellist Dmitry Kouzov, pianist Milana Strezeva and the group’s newest member, violinist Wayne Lee, all Juilliard School graduates, represent “starkly different backgrounds,” but say they “connect on a fundamental level to enjoy making music together.”

Lee is from San Francisco, Kouzov from St. Petersburg, Russia, and Strezeva is a naturalized American from Moldova. They are a young group, each with teaching and solo careers, but with a busy touring schedule they have impressed reviewers and audiences with their high level of performance.

“One seldom is privileged to enjoy music of such a wide range of styles performed with self-effacing skill and relaxed assurance by musicians of any age, and almost never by artists in the early days of their careers,” wrote Richard Storm of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

In addition to noting there was “no shirking of challenges” in the repertoire, which included Joseph Haydn’s “Trio in G Major,” Storm wrote, “Body language, eye contact, collegial smiles and conspiratorial glances made it clear that the performers were enjoying themselves as much as we were.”

Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 5. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for children younger than 12 and members of the Sweet Briar community. Seating is general. For information or to reserve tickets, call (434) 381-6120 or email [email protected]. Credit card orders can be placed at For more information, contact [email protected].

Category: Music, Performing Arts, Uncategorized