This newly formed duo - by two award-winning musicians who have known each other since childhood - has recently made its first North American performances to tremendous accolades at Virtuosi Concerts in Winnipeg, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and Community Concerts at Second in Baltimore. Their New York debut took place in 2012 at the Frick Collection.
“Geniuses are among us. Maybe they live next door and get on our nerves because they practice all day long. But we would probably never get the idea that one of those could be a new Rostropovich. If your neighbor plays cello and if his name is by chance Boris Andrianov...”
Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin)
“[Kobrin] commanded the keyboard with such songful purpose that not a single phrase escaped his fingers without expression and thoughtfulness.”
The Washington Post
Alexander Kobrin appears through the courtesy of Gershunoff Artists, LLC.
Boris Andrianov, cello
Boris Andrianov is a winner of the Bronze Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, First Prize plus special prizes at the International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Zagreb, and is the first Russian cellist to become a laureate at the 6th International Rostropovich competition in Paris. As a "New Names" artist in 1991 he gave concerts around the world, performed for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, in Saint James' Palace in London and for the United Nations Office in Geneva. Together with the pianist Alexei Goribol, Boris Andrianov became the laureate of the First International Competition of Dmitri Shostakovich in Germany. In 2003 he became a laureate of the First Isang Yun Cello Competition in Korea. He has participated in many international festivals including Colmar, Dubrovnik and Rheingau; performed in Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo Suntory Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus and has performed with the French National Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Pavel.Kogan, Alexander Vedernikov, Krzysztof Penderecki and David Geringas. His CD of Rachmaninov and Shostakovich sonatas with pianist Uri Urasin received the Gramophone’s “Editor’s Choice”. A Berliner Tagesspiel critic writes that he “plays like a god.” In 2013 Andrianov gave eight performances of Prokofiev’s Symphonie Concertante in E minor for cello with the Israel Philharmonic –under direction of Gianandrea Noseda. Boris Andrianov plays a Montagnana cello from Russian State Collection.
Alexander Kobrin, piano
Alexander Kobrin is the winner of numerous international piano competitions – notably the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He also won top prizes at the Neigauz, Busoni, Hamamatsu, Glasgow, Caltanissetta, and the Warsaw Chopin International Competitions, as well as receiving numerous special awards. The experience of hearing Alexander Kobrin live has been very well summed up by Nick Rogers, after hearing Alexander perform a Rachmaninov concerto: “Kobrin's dazzling dexterity certainly seemed supernatural to see, but his talent and performance [with the orchestra] was decidedly human”. He has collaborated with many major orchestras such as New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, his “awe-inspiringly assured” technique consistently admired by presenters. His appearances worldwide have featured recitals and performances in many major halls, including the Louvre Auditorium and Salle Cortot in Paris, Wigmore Hall and Albert Hall in London, Munich Herkulesaal and Berliner Filarmonia Hall in Germany, Kennedy Centre in Washington, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatoire, Sheung Wan Civic Centre in Hong Kong. Alexander Kobrin is the L.Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at Schwob School of Music of Columbus State University. In 2013 he joined the Artist Faculty of the Steinhardt School of Piano Studies at New York University.
BRILLIANT RUSSIAN DUO IN REDWOOD ARTS COUNCIL OCCIDENTAL RECITAL
“Thrilling… The two stellar Russians gave the finest cello recital in the North Bay since the Isserlis-Gerstein concert in Newman long ago. Their musical marriage was passionately united in the service of great music.”
“Stunned is the perfect way to describe the audience reaction… they were both truly amazing. We were all just riveted.”
Dan Silver, Mobile Chamber Music Society
“In my humble opinion, the recital yesterday rivaled any I have ever heard, here or anywhere else.”
Mobile audience member
“…their great virtuosity contributed to an electric performance of musical depth…”
Harry Strub, Virtuosi Concerts, Winnipeg
“Boris and Alex's performance in Tucson was a jewel.”
Bryan Daum, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
“Their performance was absolutely astounding. In each work they went to the essence of the music. I have heard many performances of Shostakovich's music over the years but I can say that this contrast I speak of between purity, beauty and love and the darkness and dangers that surround that light was never more clearly, artfully articulated than by Andrianov and Kobrin.”
Carl Baum, Sunset Concerts audience member
Rachmaninov - Romance
Britten - Cello Sonata, second movement
Britten - Cello Sonata, fifth movement
Schumann - Fantasiestücke, Op 73