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Please join us for a concert by the Aegis Trio:

Constantine Finehouse, Piano
Daniel Kurganov, Violin
Daniel Lelchuk, Cello

This event is sponsored by the Vadim Filatov, MD 1986 Memorial Lecture Fund.

Constantine Finehouse has performed extensively in the US and abroad, including in Salzburg, Trieste, London, Ghent, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Odessa. His 2009 solo release, "Backwards Glance," interweaves works by Brahms and Richard Beaudoin. “The Bolcom Project”, made in collaboration with his American Double partner, violinist Philip Ficsor, included an Albany Records two-CD album and a national tour with concerts in Boston, New York, Denver, Santa Barbara, Spokane and at Yale University. Fanfare praised the recording as “indispensable to any serious collector with an interest in later 20th-century duo repertoire for violin and piano.” The American and European premieres of William Bolcom's Horn Trio, in collaboration with Ficsor and Steven Gross took place in the summer and fall of 2018. The work, commissioned by the group, was recorded at the Martinu Hall in Prague and released on Naxos Records in December 2021. Finehouse's recording of Bolcom’s piano solo works for Naxos saw its world-wide launch in December 2017. His new album "Rhythm and the Borrowed Past" with violinist, Daniel Kurganov, was released on Orchid Classics in November 2021, following their 2018 release "Between the Notes" on Spice Classics. Finehouse latest album with Sebastian Baverstam, duo's second release, features sonatas by Brahms and Shostakovich. During recent concert seasons Finehouse has performed at the Mozarteum (Salzburg), Miaskovsky Hall (Moscow Conservatory), Merkin Recital Hall, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Jordan Hall (Boston), as well as at Harvard, Yale, and Emory universities, and St. Vincent's and Elmira colleges, among others. With degrees from Juilliard and Yale, Finehouse teaches at New England Conservatory, and serves as Visiting Artist/Faculty at Westmont College, CA.

Violinist Daniel Kurganov has been described as a musician of "extraordinary fervor, commitment, and technical prowess" (Classics Today, 2021). Recent concert seasons have included recitals at Merkin Hall (NYC) BargeMusic (NYC), The Roerich Museum (NYC), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard Musical Association, and the Harvard ArtLab. Daniel was also invited to Sion, Switzerland for the Violins of Hope project and performed on an instrument rescued from the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. As a passionate teacher, he founded the Boston Violin Intensive, a 10-day intense training for violinists, and runs a popular YouTube channel, producing in-depth violin masterclass for 50,000 subscribers. Additionally, Daniel does workshops and masterclasses around the world, most recently at the Boston Conservatory of Music. His music and writing are featured regularly in The Strad magazine, and he was voted “Best of The Strad 2021”. His recent album with pianist Constantine Finehouse, Rhythm and the Borrowed Past (Orchid Classics), featured works by O. Messiaen, J. Cage and world-premieres by Lera Auerbach and Richard Beaudoin. 2023 will see the duo’s monumental release of the complete Violin Sonatas of Johannes Brahms (Hänssler Classic) using period instruments. Daniel was born in Minsk, Belarus, and grew up in Chicago. He began playing the violin at the age of 16 and completed his studies at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) under Rudolf Koelman, protégé of Jascha Heifetz. He is also an alumnus of the Keshet Eilon International Mastercourse.

Described by The Washington Post as a “dazzling virtuoso,” Daniel Lelchuk is Assistant Principal cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, appointed by music director Carlos Miguel Prieto; he holds the same position with the New Orleans Opera Association. He has performed at numerous international festivals including those of Aspen, Baden-¬Baden, Hawaii, Colorado, Minnesota Lakes Area, Silicon Valley, and Salzburg. He serves as cellist for New Orleans-based chamber ensemble Lyrica Baroque and has served as guest cellist of the Qatar Philharmonic, guest first cellist of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, cellist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (Mexico City) and first cellist of the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman). At the invitation of Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi, he presented a series of solo cello recitals at the famed Villa Aurora, Rome.

Mr. Lelchuk served from 2010-2014 as principal cellist of the Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel, where he performed to acclaim major solos from the operatic and symphonic repertoire, most notably Verdi’s Otello. Since 2016 he has served as first cellist of the New York-based Salomé Chamber Orchestra and makes regular international tours with David Aaron Carpenter and the Ensemble.

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