Trilogy & Alexander Gurning

Violin Trio and Piano

February 5, 2017, 4 PM

Music Room

Founded in 2011, Trilogy is made up of violinists Hrachya Avanesyan, Lorenzo Gatto, and Yossif Ivanov, each a soloist in his own right. As Trilogy, their aim is to present new and exciting arrangements for three violins that range from the classics to recent popular music. In this program, Trilogy will play unique versions of music from the 18th to the 21st centuries—from Vivaldi to Daft Punk.


Concerto for 2 Violins in a minor, RV 522, arr. Trilogy (1711)

Moses Variation on G-string (1818)
     Lorenzo Gatto

Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34 (1877)
     Yossif Ivanov

MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
Tzigane (1924)
     Hrachya Avanesyan

GEORGES BIZET (1838-1875)
Carmen Fantasy, arr. Trilogy (1873)


GLENN MILLER (1904-1944)
In the Mood, arr. Trilogy (1939)

Sabre Dance from Gayane, arr. Trilogy (1942)

Hungarian Dance No. 4, arr. Trilogy (1869)

Theme from Schindler's List, arr. Trilogy (1993)

Theme from Mission Impossible, arr. Trilogy (1996)

Crazy, arr. Trilogy (2006)

Medley featuring Aerodynamic, Get Lucky, arr. Trilogy

DICK DALE (b. 1937)
Misirlou - Theme from Pulp Fiction, arr. Trilogy (1962)

MARK RONSON (b. 1975)
Uptown Funk, arr. Trilogy (2014)

Formed in 2011 by Belgium based violinists Hrachya Avanesyan, Lorenzo Gatto and Yossif Ivanov, Trilogy presents a new concert experience, revisiting classical repertoire alongside popular, jazz and film music. The ensemble achieved an overnight internet following with their first music video “Pulp Fiction”, which led to various international concert engagements. Now performing in recital and with orchestras across Europe and the Middle East, Trilogy will make their Asian debut in 15/16 with a tour to Korea.

Hracyha Avanesyan is “one of the most inspiring artists of his generation” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and received international recognition as a soloist after winning first prizes at the Yehudi Menuhin and Carl Nielsen competitions. In recent years he has made acclaimed debuts with orchestras including the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, London Chamber, Sinfonia Varsovia and Belgian National Orchestras.

“An impressively impassioned soloist, with energy and sheer gusto” (, since his success at international competitions including the Queen Elisabeth and Manchester International Competitions, Lorenzo Gatto has been invited to perform across the globe, from New York to Tokyo with orchestras such as the BBC, Rotterdam and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras and Moscow Virtuosi.

Acclaimed as “a player of impressive authority and presence” (The Strad), Yossif Ivanov has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting violinists of his generation. As a top prize winner at the Montreal International and Queen Elisabeth Competitions, Yossif has performed with orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony, London Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic and recently made an acclaimed debut in Japan with the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Belgium in 1973 from both Polish and Indonesian parents, Alexander Gurning studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. After completing his studies, he became assistant in the class of the world-renowned Russian pianist Evgeny Moguilevsky for three consecutive years. Soon after, Gurning moved to Moscow to attend further classes with Lev Naumov -Heinrich Neuhaus’ former assistant- and Victor Merzhanov –a representative of the Goldenweiser school- at the Moscow Conservatory. Since then Gurning has never stopped touring. He has appeared in world-renowned festivals such as the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Festival International de Piano of La Roque d'Anthéron, the Sapporo Music Festival, the International Piano Festival of Obidos, the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Verbier Festivals. Alexander Gurning has played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Brussels or the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne with conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Charles Dutoit, Alexander Rabinovitch- Barakovsky or Christian Zacharias. Recently, Alexander toured Europe performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations to great acclaim.

The recording career of Alexander Gurning started with a ‘Choc’ award from French magazine Le Monde de la Musique for his very first solo album, in the serie ‘Martha Argerich Presents’, with works of Stravinsky and Debussy. Other recording collaborations include frequent appearances with various prestigious musical friends in the annual EMI boxes made of live recordings from the Lugano Music Festival. Alexander received another award from French magazine Diapason as pianist of the Talweg trio, together with Sébastien Surel (violin) and Sébastien Walnier (cello), for their Tchaikovsky/Shostakovich album released on Triton in 2008. Alexander Gurning is also a founding member of the world renowned Soledad ensemble specialized in renewing the tradition of Tango. Together with Manu Comté (accordion and bandoneon), Jean-Frédéric Molard (violin), Patrick Schuyer (guitars) and Géry Cambier (bass), Soledad knows a tremendous success with their acclaimed albums on Virgin Classics (‘Soledad’ and ‘Del Diablo’) and on ENja (with the album ‘In concert’, released in 2009 and including one of Alexander’s own composition). Alexander’s superb classical technique combined with a musical horizon embracing not only classical music but also jazz, world music and film music make him one of the most fascinating, revered and accomplished artists of his generation.