Hemet concert series continues with cello-piano duo

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The Kouzov Duo, presented by the Hemet Concert Association, will perform Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2:30 p.m. at Tahquitz High School in Hemet. Valley News/Courtesy photo

HEMET – The Kouzov Duo will be presented by the Hemet Concert Association Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2:30 p.m. at Tahquitz High School Performing Arts Center, 4425 Titan Trail, in Hemet.

The acclaimed duo will perform a program of cello and piano masterworks, including a work by Beethoven, whose 250th birthday is celebrated this year. A versatile performer, cellist Dmitry Kouzov has performed on five continents with orchestras, in solo and duo recitals and in chamber music performances. Kouzov has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Krzysztof Penderecki, Donald Weilerstein and Pacifica Quartet among others. He is a founding and active member of the Manhattan Piano Trio, with whom he has toured extensively throughout United States and captured First Prizes at the Plowman and Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competitions.

In addition to his concert activities, Kouzov is a devoted teacher, currently as assistant professor of cello at the University of Illinois, and previously at the Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory.

Legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich said: “Dmitry Kouzov is a true artist…”

Kouzov’s wife and musical partner Yulia Fedoseev Kouzova is known for her passionate and musical interpretations and impressive technical facility. The recipient of many prestigious awards, she enjoys a varied career as a soloist and chamber musician, and has given hundreds of performances throughout Russia, Holland, Portugal, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In addition to her performing career, Kousova is a devoted teacher at the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire and at the Rimsky-Korsakov Music Lyceum for Highly Gifted Children. Many of her students have won top prizes at national and international chamber music competitions in Russia and abroad.

Like most HCA artists, the Kouzov Duo will present an outreach program for Hemet Unified School District students on the following Monday, Feb. 17. These outreaches are made possible by generous donors and with the cooperation of HUSD.

Tickets are available at the door for $30 and those age 22 and under are admitted free. Season tickets are also available for $60.

For more information, contact www.hemetconcerts.org or call (951) 927-2449.

Submitted by Hemet Concert Association.