The Russian-American cellist Nina Kotova, has been praised by Gramophone as a “strong and individual artist” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a talent to reckon with- poised, committed, graceful and spirited.”Ms. Kotova has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of her generation. She studied at the Moscow Conservatory and graduated from the Musikhochschule in Cologne. Ms. Kotova has performed on Red Square in Moscow, for the Imperial family of Japan and at Buckingham Palace. She has appeared in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, at Town Hall and Carnegie Hall in NewYork, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Berlin Philharmonic to name a few.
Pianist Scott Cuellar won the gold medal at the 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition. He was the 1st place winner in the solo division of the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and the 3rd place winner of the 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition. He has performed at major venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Bösendorfersaal, the Newport Music Festival, the Polytheatre Chongqing and the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Cuellar holds a Master of Music from the Juilliard School, and completing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he studies with Jon Kimura Parker. Scott currently teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.