Yegor Dyachkov, cello & Ilya Poletaev, piano: September 25 at 6PM

Yegor Dyachkov, cello & Ilya Poletaev, piano: September 25 at 6PM

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903

[Ilya Poletaev, solo piano]

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Cello Sonata D minor, Opus 40

[Yegor Dyachkov, Ilya Poletaev]

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25, No. 3

[Yegor Dyachkov, solo cello] 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Sonata for Piano and Cello in E minor, Op. 38, No. 1

[Yegor Dyachkov, Ilya Poletaev]

YEGOR DYACHKOV is undoubtedly a cellist of great stature: The natural bowing, rich, deep sound, the total concentration, the interpretative sense, he has it all.”  ~ La Presse
“That the Russian-born ILYA POLETAEV belongs among the most significant pianists of his generation was clearly heard in the farthest corners by the packed audience in the Seefelder Schloss.”  Süddeutsche Zeitung


Yegor Dyachkov, lauded for his remarkable stage presence, depth of insight and nuance, “makes sure there are moments to wonder at. His tone is beautiful, each note is exquisitely placed, and he has a way of seeing a phrase, however long, as a whole, and delivering it in one shapely perfect gesture” (The Vancouver Globe and Mail). Since being proclaimed Artist of the Year by the CBC in 2000, he has performed around the world. A champion of new music, he has given the premier performances of several works dedicated to him, and has participated in The Silk Road Project with Yo-Yo Ma. Born in Moscow, Mr. Dyachkov has studied with some of world’s most renowned cellists, including Mstislav Rostropovich.

Among the most significant pianists of his generation” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Ilya Poletaev captured First Prize at the prestigious 2010 International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. A pianist with an inquisitive mind who explores a wide range of centuries, Mr. Poletaev leads a multifaceted career as both a classically trained pianist and as a performer on early keyboards. From 2005–2010 he served on the faculties of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Yale Department of Music, and the Yale School of Music as a lecturer in Early Music. In 2011, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where he resides today.

Click HERE to hear and watch Ilya play Franz Liszt Sonata in B minor.