Eric Lu, Oliver Herbert, and Alexi Kenney

“A rising star, surely, is Alexi Kenney, an acutely musical and technically unassailable young American violinist who gave a solo recital ahead of Tuesday evening’s concert…But that was time enough for Mr. Kenney to offer a spellbinding, thoroughly honest performance…”

The New York Times

“{Kenney} has the warm, sumptuous tone that the Bruch demands, as well as the technique to move through this richly Romantic score as if it posed few challenges.”

Portland Press Herald

“Lu emphasised that quality by the way he placed each melody note with exquisite gravity and an inward inflection, as if the piano were speaking to itself… In the meantime we should salute him for the wonderful artist he already is.”

The Telegraph

“Chopin’s Fourth Ballade builds majestically to an impassioned climax and unwinds with a fiery coda which simply sizzles. Equally trenchant is {Eric} Lu’s view of Chopin’s Second Sonata, also known as the “Funeral March” Sonata. He never lets the tension sag, even in the eponymous slow movement, where true pathos emerges poignantly.”

The Straits Times

“Oliver Herbert was the soloist, and he was a knockout. His technical command, full-throated but never indulgent tone, crisp yet expressive phrasing, and tactful use of vibrato flowed together. The audience adored him Thursday. A star, it seemed, was found and embraced.”

San Francisco Classical Voice

“For the Haydn, whose solo part lies high and forward, {Oliver} Herbert conjured up a bright and gentle string tone that allowed the concerto’s melodies to register with deceptively soft-spoken potency. The tricky pyrotechnics essential to any concerto came through cleanly, but even more impressive were the dexterity and sweetness that Herbert brought to his assignment.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Three accomplished young performers unite to offer a new trio who will bring a fresh perspective on works by Haydn, Schumann, and Schubert.

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been named “a talent to watch” by the New York Times, which also noted his “architect’s eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.” His win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition at the age of nineteen led to a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall. Recent recital engagements include a performance with Orion Weiss at Wigmore Hall, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Carnegie Hall’s ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series, Caramoor, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. He has been profiled by Strings magazine and the New York Times, written for The Strad, and has been featured on Performance Today, WQXR-NY’s Young Artists Showcase, WFMT-Chicago, and NPR’s From the Top. “It would be unfair to say that someday Kenney will be a superstar. He already is.” Cleveland Classical

Eric Lu won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018 and made his BBC Proms debut with the Shanghai Symphony and Long Yu in summer 2019. He is currently a BBC New Generation Artist. Recent and upcoming recital highlights include performances at the Elbphilharmonie, Wigmore Hall, BOZAR, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, LSO St Luke’s, Seoul Arts Centre, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Shanghai Grand Theatre and Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris. Eric Lu first came to international attention as a prize-winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw aged just 17. He went on to win First Prize at the 2017 International German Piano Award and the 2015 US National Chopin Competition, and perform at Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Taipei National Concert Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and the Auditorio Nacional Madrid. “In this debut UK recital, Leeds winner Eric Lu showed an astonishing command of keyboard tone and colour, his instinctive feel for Schubert and Chopin the sign that he is already a true artist. It was a spellbinding experience. For Lu – just 21 – this is clearly only the beginning.” The Guardian

Cellist Oliver Herbert is quickly building a reputation as an artist with a distinct voice and individual style. Oliver’s recent recital and chamber music appearances include the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Union College Concert Series, San Francisco Symphony Soundbox, Caramoor, ChamberFest Cleveland, Krzyżowa Music, Music in the Vineyards, Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, the Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute, and the Verbier Festival Academy. He frequently collaborates with pianist Xiaohui Yang, and together they have played recital tours in both the United States and Greece. At the 2017 Verbier Festival, Oliver was awarded the Prix Jean-Nicolas Firmenich. His competition awards include a top prize and special prize in the XI Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in 2018, first prize and Pablo Casals prize in the 2015 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and a top prize in the 2015 Stulberg International String Competition. “Herbert conjured up a bright and gentle string tone that allowed the concerto’s melodies to register with deceptively soft-spoken potency. The tricky pyrotechnics essential to any concerto came through cleanly, but even more impressive were the dexterity and sweetness that Herbert brought to his assignment.” San Francisco Chronicle