SARANAC — “A virtuosic tour de force … a whirlwind of joy” is how the Palm Beach Daily News tagged the Prima Trio.
Six years ago, the Prima Trio garnered international acclaim after winning Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior Division. The perks included a performance at Leighton Concert Hall at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame, a Midwest Winner’s Tour, a European debut at Italy’s Emilia Romagna Festival and $10,500 in prize money.
The trio’s accolades include performances at Dumbarton Oaks; the Athenaeum in La Jolla, Calif.; the Dayton Art Institute; and CityMusic Columbus. Recent highlights include debuts with Chicago’s Music in the Loft series and the Cleveland Chamber Music Society, as well as the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany.
A local audience can make its own assessment of Anastasia Dedik (piano), Boris Allakhverdyan (clarinet) and Gulia Gurevich (violin/viola) when they perform Mozart’s “Kegelstatt Trio (K498),” Bartok’s “Contrasts” and Srul Glick’s “Klezmer Wedding” at a free Hill and Hollow Music concert Sunday afternoon at the Saranac United Methodist Church.
Mozart and Bartok’s works are new to the trio’s repertoire.
“Bartok’s musical language is one of our challenges,” said Gurevich, who hails from a musical dynasty in Uzbekistan. She made her solo debut with the Uzbekistan National Symphony Orchestra at 14. A year later, she began conducting. As a teen, she came to the United States to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy. After graduating with honors, she attended and received her diploma at Indiana University. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.
“He (Bartok) uses a lot of Hungarian and Romanian dance rhythms in this composition,” Gurevich said. “Part of the challenge is to blend your part with the other two parts and have it all work.”