Ilya Poletaev, piano
Ilya Poletaev began musical studies at the age of six, in Moscow, and continued them in Israel until moving to Canada at the age of 14. A specialist in performance on early keyboad instruments as well as piano, Mr. Poletaev's repertoire spans five centuries, from the 16th to the 21st. He studied at the University of Toronto with Marietta Orlov (piano) and Colin Tilney (harpsichord) and then took a doctorate and a master's degree at Yale, studying with Boris Berman. In the spring of 2011 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal.
Mr. Poletaev was First Prize winner of the XX Concorsa Sala Gallo piano competition in Monza, Italy, where he also received the Audience Prize, the Bach Prize and the Orchestra Prize. He won First Prize in the 2009 Grieg International Competition and was also a prizewinner in the 2011 George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest. In July 2012 he was awarded First Prize in the presitgious XVII International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig.
As a harpsichordist, Mr. Poletaev has been heard in such venues as the
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Pierrepont Morgan Library, the Aston Magna Early Music Festival, the Amherst Early Music Festival, etc. He has performed as a continuo player for Masaaki Suzuki, Andrew Lawrence-King, Nicholas McGeegan, Helmut Rilling and others.
Mr Poletaev's chamber music partners have included such distinguished musicians as Robert Mann, Donald Weilerstein, Gary Hoffmann, Boris Berman and Miah Persson.
Recent concerto performances include Medtner's Piano Concerto no. 3 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Peter Oundjian, and he gave an acclaimed performance at the Caramoor Festival with soprano Susan Graham and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.
Ilya Poletaev and Axel Strauss's recordings of the complete works for violin and piano by Enescu are appearing as 2 CDs on the Naxos label.
Outside his work with Kyoko Hashimoto, Ilya Poletaev is represented by Astral Artists.
Rafael Rosenfeld, cello
Rafael Rosenfeld was born in 1973 at Lucerne, Switzerland, into a family of musicians. At the age of five he began to take cello lessons, and soon thereafter to gather chamber music experience. From 1988 he studied with Walter Grimmer at the Zurich College of Music and in 1992 he entered the master class of Prof. David Geringas in Lübeck. Encounters with artists such as Sándor Végh, György Kurtág, András Schiff, Radu Lupu, Steven Isserlis and Bernard Greenhouse additionally influenced his musical development.
Rafael Rosenfeld became solo cellist of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra already at the age of twenty-two, at which time he was also the orchestra’s youngest member. Currently, he holds this position on a part-time basis and divides his time between appearances as a soloist, chamber-music and orchestral duties.
Rafael Rosenfeld has won various prizes at national and international competitions. He was a finalist at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition in
1994 and a prizewinner at the 1996 International ARD Competition in
Munich. In December 2000 he won first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition. As a result, he was invited to perform in Milan, Stuttgart, Geneva, Lucerne, Berne, Rotterdam, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw) and Zurich, with orchestras such as the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
As a chamber musician, Rafael Rosenfeld has appeared at many festivals, including the Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, the Davos “Young Concert Artists,” the Lucerne Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Open Chamber Music Festival Prussia Cove, and the Leicester International Music Festival. He has been the chamber music partner of András Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Joshua Bell, Gábor Tákacs-Nagy, and Daniel Phillips, among others. In 2002 he was co-founder of the Merel String Quartet. See the excellent short film presenting the quartet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIIjlVLTw9E
Since autumn 2005 he has directed a class for students and soloists at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel.