PRIMA TRIO was founded in 2004 while its members were studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. The Trio triumphed at the 2007 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, winning the coveted Grand Prize (out of no fewer than 137 entries from across the country and around the world) as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior Division. In addition, the Prima Trio was awarded a Midwest Winner’s Tour and a European début at Italy’s Emilia Romagna Festival, as well as a total of $10,500 in prize money. The final round and grand-prize winner’s concert were held at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
Prima Trio has performed throughout the United States and Europe on such series as Chicago Chamber Music Society, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dumbarton Oaks, La Jolla Athenaeum, the Dayton Art Institute, CityMusic Columbus, Da Camera Society, Fontana Chamber Arts and Cleveland Chamber Music Society and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Music Festival in Germany, to name a few.
Recently, Prima Trio released their debut CD album, PRIMA, and is currently working on their second album.
BORIS ALLAKHVERDYAN, clarinet
Boris Allakhverdyan is the principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Prior to this, he was Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. He has also served as Principal Clarinet of Colorado, Britt and Mainly Mozart Music Festivals.
Boris Allakhverdyan has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle, Bakersfield and Springfield Symphony orchestras. Mr. Allakhverdyan is a prize winner of Rimsky-Korsakov International Woodwind Competition, Rozanov International Clarinet Competition, Hellam Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical and the Oberlin Concerto competitions.
An active educator, Mr. Allakhverdyan served on faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Interlochen Clarinet Institute and Philadelphia International Music Festival. He has given master classes at Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, USC, UCLA, Oregon University, University Missouri-Kansas City, Colorado Music Festival, Latin American Clarinet Academy in Caracas, Venezuela and Shenzhen International Music Festival in Shenzhen, China.
As a Buffet Group Artist and Vandoren Performing Artist, Mr. Allakhverdyan performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets as well as Vandoren mouthpieces and reeds.
GULIA GUREVICH, violin
Born to one of Uzbekistan's most distinguished musical families, Gulrukh ("Gulia") Gurevich made her solo debut with the Uzbekistan National Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14 and her conducting debut at the age of 15. Gulia moved to the USA as a teenager to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy. After graduating with honors she enrolled at Indiana University, where she received her Diploma. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, and won many prizes, awards and scholarships in the USA as well as abroad.
Gulia has performed with the Boston, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Charleston Symphonies, among others, and in many music festivals including Tanglewood, Spoleto, Colorado College Music Summer Music and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. In her current home of NYC, she frequently performs in Carnegie and Merkin Halls and is a sought after violin teacher.
ANASTASIA DEDIK, piano
Anastasia Dedik has performed on some of the most important stages in the world, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia and has appeared as a soloist with Fort Worth Symphony, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, San Jose Symphony, Oberlin Orchestra and others. She has been featured on RAI in Italy, NDR TV in Germany, ABC in NYC as well as in an episode of NBC's "Law and Order SVU", performing Beethoven's "Appassionata".
After graduating from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Anastasia continued her education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. She has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the Governor of Saint Petersburg Award for achievements in the arts, Harold and Helene Schonberg Piano Scholarship and Susan W. Rose Fellowship at The Juilliard School. She is also a top prize winner of "Bosendorfer and Yamaha USASU", San Jose and Pietro Argento International Piano Competitions, to name a few.
Anastasia is a founder and Artistic Director of the "Russian Heritage" Piano Competition. Along with an active performing career, Ms. Dedik has served on the panels of the Sorantin International Piano Competition, the Connecticut State MTA 28th Competition, Seattle RCMF Piano Competition and others.