The 2017-18 Season

 Midtown Series
 Fridays at 8pm

Sat, Sept. 16, 2017
 Robert deMaine, cello 
 Adam Neiman, piano

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

Sat, Oct. 7, 2017
 Ensemble 4.1
 Piano "Windtet"

Fri, Oct. 13, 2017
 Ling-Ju Lai, piano
 inDepth Mini-Series

Fri, Nov. 3, 2017

Sat, Nov. 18, 2017
 Juilliard String Quartet

Sat, Dec. 2, 2017
 London Handel Players
 *Special Venue*

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
 Trio Solisti
 Oakland WinterFest
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
 Yuri Gandelsman
 Oakland WinterFest
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
 Aeolus Quartet
 Oakland WinterFest

Sat, Feb. 3, 2018
 Dover Quartet
 David Shifrin, clarinet

Fri, Feb. 16, 2018
Stewart Goodyear, piano
inDepth Mini Series

Fri, Mar. 2, 2018
Ursula Oppens, piano
inDepth Mini Series

Sat, Mar. 24, 2018
 Sergei Babayan, piano
 inDepth Mini-Series

Sat, Apr. 14, 2018
 Fauré Quartett
 Piano Quartet

Sat, May 19, 2018
 Zukerman Trio
 Piano Trio

Oakland WinterFest: Yuri Gandelsman

Yuri Gandelman, viola
Trio Solisti
Ann Toomey, soprano
Tian Tian, piano

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 8PM

Varner Recital Hall at Oakland University
2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester


Yuri Gandelsman was born in Russia and studied in Moscow with professors Heinrich Talalyan and Valentin Berlinsky. After winning the National Viola Competition in 1980 and joining the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra as principal violist and soloist, he became one of the USSR’s leading musicians. His collaborations included concerts with such renowned musicians as Sviatoslav Richter, Yevgeni Kissin, Vladimir Spivakov and the Borodin and Shostakovich quartets. In 1990, Gandelsman became the principal violist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. During the next 10 years he frequently performed as a soloist with the IPO under Maestro Zubin Mehta in Israel, the United States, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain. Gandelsman has performed solo recitals in many parts of the world, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Warsaw, Istanbul, Budapest and Florence. He has made numerous solo recordings for “Melodya,” “Sony Classical,” “Lyrinx,” “ASV” and “Naxos” labels.

Trio Solisti has forged a reputation as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker), with a passionate performance style that combines exceptional virtuosity and musical insight.  Possessing a repertoire that encompasses the standard repertoire and works by contemporary composers, rave reviews follow the trio throughout its concert tours.  Noted Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout proclaimed that Trio Solisti is "the group that to my mind has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind.”  The New York Times called it “probably the finest American [piano trio] currently on the field,” and the trio was praised by The Washington Post for a “transcendent performance.”

A native of China, Tian Tian began studying piano at age four and continued her education in the U.S., amassing top prizes at several competitions, including the Cooper International Piano Competition and the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition.  She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard and a D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music.  Tian Tian maintains a busy performance schedule in the U.S and abroad, including a recital at the Gilmore Festival, concerto appearances with the Windsor Symphony and the Idyllwild Chamber Orchestra, and performances in the U.S. and abroad as member of the Studzinsky Trio.


“...undoubtedly one of the greatest violists of our time" 

The Jerusalem Post of Yuri Gandelsman

"The group that to my mind has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the oustanding chamber music ensemble of its kind"

The Wall Street Journal of Trio Solisti

Brahms: Wie Melodien, Op. 105, No. 1
Brahms: Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
Brahms: Sonata in E-flat major for Viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 2
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25