Maxim Rysanov, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky & Dóra Kokas

Maxim Rysanov, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky & Dóra Kokas

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If two’s company, surely three’s even better. The unique sound of the string trio is one that not many composers explore and exploit, but music for this combination from the Classical period to the present-day will bring the sonorous delights of this debut ensemble to audiences next March.

Maxim Rysanov viola
Nikita Boriso-Glebsky violin
Dóra Kokas cello

Grammy-nominated violist Maxim Rysanov, multi-award-winning violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, and rising star cellist Dóra Kokas perform together as a trio for the very first time, and these three superb musicians will tour Ireland showcasing the elegance and exuberance of Mozart’s only string trio and the equally glorious Trio in G major by Beethoven, alongside inspiring works by contemporary composers. Led by the vibrant Ukrainian-British Rysanov, this expressive threesome showcases the lush interplay of sound and phrasing between these violin family siblings. One of the ties that bind the members of this bowed-string troika is a love of new music, and it comes as no surprise that the recital includes a thought-provoking work by Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova which highlights the extraordinary unity of sound created by the string trio. A new Music Network commission by Irish composer Ed Bennett caps this scintillating programme of works.


Dobrinka Tabakova (b. 1980)

Insights for string trio

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

String Trio in G major, Op. 9, no. 1

I. Adagio - Allegro con brio

II. Adagio ma non tanto e cantabile

III. Scherzo - Allegro

IV. Presto

Ed Bennet (b. 1975)

Imbolc Meditation
A new commission for Music Network

W. A. Mozart (1756-91)

Divertimento in E flat major for string trio, KV 563

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Menuetto - Trio

IV. Andante - Minore - Maggiore

V. Menuetto - Trio

VI. Allegro

Grammy nominated Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the worldʼs most vibrant and charismatic musicians. As a violist, he is principally known as a frequent guest of the crème of the international music scene. In parallel with playing viola, Maxim enjoys a thriving career as a conductor, often combining conducting and directing as a soloist in the same concert.

Among his concerto highlights he counts the following: the Mariinsky Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Moscow Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria. Conducting highlights of the 2022/23 season include his returns to La Verdi Milan, I Musici de Montreal and Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Maxim recently performed the world premiere of a new viola concerto by Gabriel Prokofiev. The first performances also marked his debut as a conductor with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, both of which co-commissioned the new work together with La Verdi Orchestra Milan and the Oregon Music Festival. Further highlights of the 2022/23 season include his performing debuts with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Belgrade Chamber Orchestra and CSO Presidential Orchestra in Ankara, as well as return visits to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko at the Ljubliana Festival, a recording project with the Hallé Orchestra and invitations to Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Carl Nielsen Festival Odense, O Modernt Stockholm and Moritzburg Festival.

Having been awarded the silver medal and five special prizes in the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007 and subsequently winning the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki in 2010, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky’s international career has reached remarkable heights and continues to go from strength to strength.

Festival appearances include Salzburg, Rheingau, La Folle Journée (Nantes), December Evenings of Svyatoslav Richter (Moscow), Beethoven Festival (Bonn), Stars of White Nights and Arts Square (St. Petersburg) and Violino il Magico (Italy). Chamber music collaborators include Sakari Oramo, Vasily Sinaisky, Dima Slobodeniouk, Vladimir Fedoseev, Boris Berezovsky, Vadim Repin and Klaus Mäkelä.

In 2019 Nikita was the first violinist to record the previously unknown Violin Concerto in D Minor by Eugène Ysaÿe, together with Liege Philharmonic Orchestra and Jean-Jacques Kantorov. The recording featured on A Tribute to Ysaÿe CD which was awarded the much-coveted Diapason d’Or.

In the summer of 2022, Nikita took part in a large-scale project at the Suntory Hall (Tokyo) as first violin of the Atrium Quartet where they performed Beethoven’s complete string quartets. He recently performed at Vienna Konzerthaus as part of an all-star quartet with Nikolai Lugansky, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Maxim Rysanov and during the 2022/23 season, as a resident of Vienna Konzerthaus, Nikita presents a chamber music subscription in a trio with Narek Hakhnazaryan and Georgy Tchaidze.

Nikita plays a violin created by the Austrian master Martin Schwalb in 2020 on the model of the Guarneri del Gesù "Ole Bull" violin from 1744.

Born in Hungary in 1992, Dóra Kokas has quickly established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. She has received multiple awards at notable international competitions including 3rd Prize at The Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International Cello Competition (China), 1st Prize at Debut Hamburg International Concerto Competition, 2nd Prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition (Austria) and two special prizes at The Pablo Casals International Award (Hungary).

Dóra has performed in many of Europe’s renowned concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow), Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Liszt Academy Grand Hall (Budapest), Mozarteum of Salzburg and Teatro Malibran of Venice.

Dóra has appeared as soloist with Zagreb Chamber Orchestra and MÁV Chamber-Symphony Budapest, conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy. A highly regarded chamber musician, musical partners have included Joshua Bell, Ferenc Rados, Zoltán Kocsis, Nicholas Altstaedt, Pekka Kuusisto, Vilde Frang, José Gallardo, Peter Frankl, Boris Brovtsyn, Jonathan Cohen, Sergei Nakarjakov, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Ilya Gringolts.

A founding member of the Kelemen Quartet (2010-2015), one of Hungary’s leading ensembles, Dóra has performed with the quartet in Australia, USA, India and throughout Europe. The quartet received 1st Prize at Beijing International Quartet Competition, won the gold medal at the Premio Paolo Borciani Competition in Reggio Emilia and were awarded 2nd Prize, the Audience Prize and the Musica Viva’s Special Prize at the 6th International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne.

Maxim Rysanov performing Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder for Piano and Viola, Op. 113
Nikita Boriso-Glebsky performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto in E minor op.64, 1st movement
Dóra Kokas performing Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, 3rd & 4th movements