Posted: May 23, 2022
Chamber Music Concert
GHTC hosted a chamber music concert in the Parish Hall on Saturday, May 21st, followed by a reception.
The program included two Trios for piano, violin, and viola, the first in C sharp Minor written in 1921 by Robert Fuchs, a Vienna Conservatory professor; and the second originally written for horn, violin and piano by Johannes Brahms in 1865, and scored for viola rather than horn in 1884.
The concert featured Katya Lapin, piano; Matvey Lapin, viola, and Violaine Michel, violin.
Katya Lapin, piano
Charismatic pianist and recording artist Katya Kramer-Lapin has the solo album “Luminescence” forthcoming this spring from the digital label Oclassica. Katya made her concert appearances at the UNESCO Headquarters (Paris, France), World Bank and International Monetary Fund (Washington, DC), as well as solo and chamber concerts in major halls in Taiwan, Europe and Russia. Upon her graduation at Oberlin in 2003 Katya was invited to do her graduate work (Masters, Artist Diploma, the terminate degree in music/piano) at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. During her years in Indiana (Bloomington), Katya held the position of an Adjunct Professor of Music and Collaborative Pianist at DePauw University School of Music. Katya’s recordings were often broadcasted on the National Public Radio.
Matvey Lapin, violin and viola
Matvey Lapin enjoys a multifaceted career as a recitalist, chamber music performer, orchestra leader and teacher. His professional engagements brought him around the world, including most of Europe, Japan and Korea. A former member of Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet, Matvey collaborated with such musicians as Alex Kerr and Barthold Kuijken, among others. As a historically informed performer, Matvey collaborates with Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and Washington Bach Consort, among others. Demanded teacher, Matvey currently maintains private studios in Cary NC and Danville, VA. He is a faculty member of the Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival and Courses in Prague, Czech Republic.
Violaine Michel, violin
French-Canadian violinist Violaine Michel is an accomplished orchestral performer who played extensively in Normandy (France) and Quebec (Canada) before moving to Richmond, Virginia. She has since established strong connections with orchestras all across the state. She has been invited to join the Virginia Symphony for the 2021-22 season and collaborates regularly with the Richmond Symphony, Opera on the James, Opera in Williamsburg and the Roanoke Symphony. Her musical drive and openness to collaborate with fellow colleagues make her a sought-after chamber music partner. She has performed in numerous concert series in Richmond as well as at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. A dedicated educator, she teaches violin privately and occasionally coaches students from the Richmond Symphony’s Youth Orchestra Program. She also shares her passion for language and culture with young students at Heartwood Grove School, the only language immersion school in Richmond’s area.