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Shtrykov-Tanaka Clarinet-Piano Duo


Photo Credit: Denis Gostev

Date & Time: Sat.  October 14,  7:30 pm
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Epilogues: This recital combines the last works of three leading classical composers – Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns and Francis Poulenc. It is a peculiar fact that these serious works are among the very the last written by these composers. Inspired by its rich sound and soulful expression at the latest stage of their lives, each of them chose the clarinet as the last medium of their genius, and entrusted in it a lifetime of wisdom and experience. Though the story behind the creation of each composition differs, they all hold a deep philosophical meaning at the pinnacle of the composers’ mastery.

Camille SAINT-SAËNS, Sonata in E-flat major for Clarinet and Piano, Op.167 (1921)

  1. Allegretto
  2. Allegro animato
  3. Lento
  4. Molto allegro – Allegretto

Johannes BRAHMS Sonata in F Minor for clarinet & piano, Op. 120, No. 1 (1894)

  1. Allegro appassionato
  2. Andante un poco adagio
  3. Allegretto grazioso
  4. Vivace


Johannes BRAHMS Sonata in E-flat Major for Clarinet and Piano, Op.120, no.2 (1894)

  1. Allegro amabile
  2. Allegro appassionato
  3. Andante con moto – Allegro

Francis POULENC Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1962)

  1. Allegro tristamente
  2. Romanza
  3. Allegro con fuoco

About the Artists

Comprised of two sensationally gifted and acclaimed virtuosi – clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov [pronounced: sh TRY – koff] and pianist Misuzu Tanaka – the Shtrykov – Tanaka Duo has been heard throughout the U.S., garnering an impressive record of instant re – engagements. Clarinet and piano duos are still rare gems on the modern concert stage despite the immense repertoire. With its innovative programming, master classes, and recitals, the Duo makes it their mission to transform the superb instrumental combination fr om a rare occurrence to a welcomed guest in concert series across the globe.

The 2017 – 2018 season highlights include the Duo’s debut album release on Concertant Classics label as well as numerous concerts and master classes with appearances on the Fairmont Chamber Music Society (WV), Highlands Chapel Concert Series in Seattle (WA), and Cedarhurst Chamber Music (IL) among others.  During past seasons, the Duo gave numerous concerts on many eminent concert series across the country including Chamber Music Society of Maryland, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts (IL), Summer Stars Classical Series in Ocean Grove (NJ), Tuesday’s Music Live Series in Augusta (GA), Frederick Collection Historical Piano Concerts in Ashburnham, (MA), and Endless Mountain Festival in Elmira (NY) to name a few.

The Duo’s upcoming debut album “Epilogues” will focus on the last works of three leading composers – Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns and Francis Poulenc. Each of these composers chose the clarinet as the last medium of their genius, referring to its rich sound and soulful expression in the late stage of their lives, entrusting in it a lifetime of wisdom and experience. Though the story behind the creation of each composition differs, all of them hold a deep philosophical meaning as the pinnacles of the composers’ mastery.

Maksim and Misuzu first met in December 2012 and, as avid chamber music collaborators, instantly felt a unique artistic connection resulting in an inspiring and creative friendship. Both artists are graduates of The Juilliard School and enjoy extensive international solo careers that have heard them in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Germany’s Leipzig Gewandhaus and Japan’s Izumi Hall.

Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet

Already an acclaimed artist in his native Belarus, clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov is quickly gaining renown as an artist of profound musical sensibility and a performer of remarkable charisma. Recently hailed by the Lucid Culture for “clarity that’s viscerally breathtaking” and “effortless…quicksilver legato” Maksim continues to win over audiences with his profound musical sensibility and flawless technique. As the recipient of the Artists International New York Debut Award, Mr. Shtrykov presented his solo debut recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in April 2007.  Since his orchestra debut recital at age fourteen, Mr. Shtrykov has appeared as a regular guest soloist with the Belarusian State Symphonic Orchestra and the Belarusian State Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Shtrykov is a first prize winner of the Belarus National Woodwind Competition and a prizewinner of Dymtro Bida International Woodwind Competition in Ukraine. Mr. Shtrykov is also a two – time recipient of the Presidents’ Foundation Award “Young Talents of Belarus.” He has performed recitals and chamber music concerts in such major halls as the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Belarusian State Philharmonic, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Miller Theatre at the Columbia University and Baruch Performing Arts Center.  Maksim Shtrykov actively performs both as a recitalist and with various chamber music ensembles.  As a founding member of the Chamber Trio “Reflection”, Mr. Shtrykov is a winner of the International Johannes Brahms Chamber Music Competition in Poland, where he was awarded First Prize and the Special Award for the best performance of a work by Brahms, and a prizewinner of the International “Gaetano Zinetti” Chamber Music Competition in Sanguinetto – Verona, Italy. A passionate advocate of clarinet music, Mr.  Shtrykov regularly tours throughout the United States with acclaimed pianist, Misuzu Tanaka, as members of the Shtrykov – Tanaka Duo.

Maksim Shtrykov holds a degree of Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where he had been a scholarship student in the studio of Charles Neidich.

Misuzu Tanaka, piano

Hailed by international press as a pianist “who dispatched everything with both dizzying speed and sensitivity” Today’s Zaman (Turkey) and for her “exceptionally high technical level” General – Anzeiger Bonn (Germany) , Misuzu Tanaka has established herself a s an artist of remarkable individuality with a rare combination of poetic sensitivity and breathtaking virtuosity.  She has performed in prestigious concert venues throughout the world, from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Mozart’s Museum at Villa Bertramka in Prague to Alice Tully Hall in New York.  Misuzu Tanaka is a respected regular performer for Music from the Frederick Collection, a leading North – American venue for performance on historical instruments. Enjoying an active solo career in the U.S., she i s among the country’s brightest emerging stars.  An avid small – ensemble collaborator, Misuzu Tanaka has also collaborated with prominent artists including James Dunham (Cleveland Quartet) and members of the National Symphony Orchestra.  In 2012, together with her artistic partner and critically acclaimed clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov, she began touring throughout the United States as the Shtrykov – Tanaka Duo.  Born in London, United Kingdom where she began her piano lessons at age 5, she then continued her studies in Japan and in the United States with Martin Canin at The Juilliard School.  Her Masters and Doctoral degrees are from University of Michigan where she was a full scholarship recipient and devoted much time to the study and performance of the works of Leoš Janácek , which led to further studies with Miroslav Brejcha and the late Ivan Moravec in the Czech Republic.


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