Romantic Trios Concert at La Grua Center February 7

More Music Series: A Winter's Evening~Romantic Trios
Friday, February 7 at 7pm

Join NYC-based chamber musicians violinist Hilary Castle, cellist Ani Kalayjian and pianist Milos Repicky for an evening of romantic, lush and indulgent music for piano trio. This program is the perfect preparation for Valentine’s Day as the incredible works delve into the essence of romanticism in classical music! 

Tickets $20. Age 18 and under admitted for free. Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door.
18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door. Advance tickets available through our website.

All seats unreserved – first come, first served! Doors open 1/2 hour before the start.
Violinist Hilary Castle maintains an active schedule as an ensemble musician, soloist, and teacher. “The electric energy behind Hilary’s playing is indescribable … She breathes life into the music and personifies it in a way that would shame those who thought this music could ever be boring.”

Hilary has played with a diversity of groups, from the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra of New York, CIRCE duo and New Retro Strings to performances and recordings with American violinist and composer Mark O'Connor, award-winning jazz vocalist Allan Harris, Thalia, Danish singer/songwriter Oh Land and Bonobo. Recent performances have taken her to Carnegie Hall, The United Nations, Iridium Jazz Club, The Town Hall, Zinc Bar, Bargemusic and Alice Tully Hall.  Performances and projects have been featured in TimeOut New York, the New York Times, New York Daily News, BUST magazine, The Day, Westerly Sun, on Sirius Radio’s Linked with Peter Cummings, and on MNN Television’s Minding Your Business.

Hilary earned a B.M. from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, and a M.M. from Mannes College, studying with Lucie Robert.  For three seasons she served as concertmaster of the Mannes Opera Orchestra under the direction of Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri.  Other orchestral experiences have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, Symphony Hall in Boston, Sydney Opera House, the Rudofinum/Dvorak Hall in Prague, and Pesti Vigado in Budapest.  Hilary also has appeared in chamber and solo recitals at the Morgan Library in New York City, New York Historical Society, New York Public Library, U.N. German Consulate General, Ukrainian Institute of America, Bargemusic, Nabi Gallery, and the Colony Club.  Summer music festivals have included MusicAlp in Courchevel, France, Casalmaggiore in Italy, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Tanglewood Institute, and the Texas Music Festival where she served multiple seasons as concertmaster under the direction of conductors Christoph Campestri and Stefan Sanderling

In addition to running a private studio in New York City, Hilary is on faculty at the Nightingale-Bamford School.

She plays an 1815 Giovanni Baptista Ceruti violin, on loan from a generous benefactor. 
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “representing the young, up-and-coming generation,” and a “superb cellist with a large, expressive, singing tone, passionate musicianship, and magnificent playing” by the Journal Tribune,  Armenian-American cellist Ani Kalayjian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and educator that has taken her to Japan, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, and throughout Europe and the United States.
Ani’s engagements in the 2016-2017 season included tours with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra around the U.S. at Ordway Hall in St. Paul, Dartmouth University, the 92nd St. Y in NY, and in Rome, Bologna, Siena, Berlin and Vienna.   She made several trips to Lebanon serving as principal cellist of the Lebanese Philharmonic for multiple concerts given at the American University of Beirut as well as solo concerts at Haigazian University where she performed a World premiere, ‘Yesterday is No More’ written for her and violinist Rebecca Jackson by award-winning composer Polina Nazakinskaya.  During her time in Lebanon, Ani gave outreach performances to underserved communities at St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Insan School for Iraqi & Syrian refugee children, Byblos Birds’ Nest Armenian orphanage, Karageusian Foundation, and in the Syrian refugee camps. 

Ani has performed at major venues around the world including Izumi Hall in Osaka, Japan,  National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Little Rock Chamber Music Society in Arkansas, Lark Chamber Music Society in LA, BargeMusic, Brooklyn Historical Society, Dweck Center Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, Concerts International Memphis, the Rutgers Zimmerli Arts Museum in New Brunswick, NJ, Orange County Segerstrom Hall in California, and Benaroya Hall in Seattle, among others.
A passionate chamber musician, Ani has attended various festivals including the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival in California, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival as a Shouse Artist in Michigan and the American String Project in Seattle as well as the Lichfield Festival in England.  She has also performed at Michael Tilson Thomas’ Carnegie Hall workshop in New York, Pablo Casals Prades festival in France, Mendelssohn on Mull in Scotland, Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada as an Artist-in-Residence, Sarasota festival in Florida, Apeldoorn festival in Holland, London Masterclasses, Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, New York String Seminar, Holland Music Sessions, RNCM International Cello Festival in England, and Chateau de la Moutte festival in St. Tropez.

Ani’s competition successes include winning Grand Prize winner of the International Chamber Music Competition of New England, First prize in the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust competition in England as a soloist where she was also granted the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Prize, as well as a top prize at the J.C. Arriaga chamber music competition.  Ani has enjoyed collaborations with such musicians as Ani Kavafian, Jorja Fleezanis, Andres Cardenes, Danny Phillips, Orion Weiss, Kim Kashkashian, among others, and has served as co-artistic director of AGBU’s Performing Artists at Weill Recital Hall.  She was one of two cellists accepted into the inaugural season of David Finckel and Wu Han’s Music@Menlo chamber music festival.  Ani was also featured in a BBC documentary playing in a masterclass with Steven Isserlis at International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove in England.

An avid teaching artist, Ani is on faculty at the Elisabeth Morrow School and Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey and enjoys giving masterclasses to musicians around the country.  She has also been on faculty at the Horace Mann School.  Ani received an M.A. with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in England as a student of Ralph Kirshbaum and a B.A. from the Mannes College of Music as a student of Timothy Eddy.  

Upcoming performances include concerts in Los Angeles at La Sierra University with members of the LA Philharmonic, the Bartow-Pell Mansion, Saugerties ProMusica, Pleasantville Music Society, a summer residency at Wellesley College with pianist Adam Golka and violinist Jessica Tong, Music at Montauk Chamber Music Festival and Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival.
Born in Bratislava, Slovakia and raised in France and Canada, pianist/conductor Miloš Repický is on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera, where he was recently heard playing the harpsichord continuo for Le Nozze di Figaro. At the Met, Mr Repický has been responsible for musical preparation for many operas including Patrice Chéreau's production of Janaček's From the House of the Dead, the 100th anniversary production of La Fanciulla del West, Rusalka, The Queen of Spades, Otello, Macbeth, War and Peace, Hansel and Gretel, Die Zauberflöte and has served as Czech coach for Jenúfa. His duties this season include La Bohème with Louis Langree and The Makropoulos Case, conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek.

Other operatic engagements include a co-production with the Curtis Institute and the Opera Company of Philadelphia of Janaček's Cunning Little Vixen. At the Castleton Festival, Mr Repický prepared La Bohème for Maestro Lorin Maazel. Recently, Mr Repický also prepared the Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard School landmark joint production of The Bartered Bride, conducted by James Levine.

As a pianist Mr Repický has collaborated with outstanding artists such as Michèle Losier, Katherine Whyte, Elizabeth Zharoff and Joshua Bloom at many of North America's premiere concert venues. In recital, he performed for Regina Resnik Presents, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Montreal's Jeunesses-Musicales de Canada and the Banff Centre for the Arts. In addition to the Met's radio and SIRIUS satellite broadcasts, Mr Repicky's performances have been heard on National Public Radio, Performance Today, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, New York's WQXR radio and CUNY TV. He was a featured performer on a multimedia DVD release of Pierrot Lunaire by Sundailtech Pictures. His work as conductor of the world premiere of Tobin Stokes' opera The Vinedressers was highlighted in a television documentary for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Miloš Repický studied in Victoria, British Columbia, with Robin Wood, Winifred Scott Wood, at the Manhattan School of Music with Warren Jones and is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, San Francisco Opera Center's Merola Programme and the Banff Centre. He has worked as a guest coach with singers at the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Yale University's Opera Program and the Manhattan School of Music. This spring Mr Repicky has been invited by the Juilliard School to programme and present a Liederabend of Czech songs. He collaborates regularly with Sing for Hope, a charitable arts organization and with ArtsLEAF, a web-based mentoring program.