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 was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. He previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony.
The New York Times has called his performance "inspired," "gorgeous" and "superlative," and the Los Angeles Times praised his "energetic, vibrant solos."
Boris Allakhverdyan has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle, Tucson, Bakersfield and Springfield Symphony orchestras as well as orchestras in Canada, South Korea, Dubai and Armenia. He has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy (Switzerland), the Mecklenburg-Vorpommen Festival (Germany), the Emilia Romagne Music Festival (Italy) as well as Mainly Mozart San Diego, Twickenham, Colorado and Britt Music Festivals. 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.
Boris Allakhverdyan serves on the faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as well as at California State University at Fullerton. He previously taught at the Peabody Institute 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, Oregon University, University Missouri-Kansas City, Colorado Music Festival, Latin American Clarinet Academy in Caracas, Venezuela and Shenzhen International Music Festival in Shenzhen, China to name a few.
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
Gulia Gurevich has performed in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Disney Concert Hall, Benaroya Hall, among others, and worked with Boston, Indianapolis, Charleston, San Diego symphonies and Los Angeles Opera, to name a few.
Gulia is a co-founder of Nelli Shkolnikova Academy in France and also the Artistic Director of the "Classical Concerts on the Hill" concert series in the Los Angeles area. She is on the jury of the International Violin Competition in Braga, Portugal and was on the chamber music jury of the International Young Pianist Competition in Villahermosa, Mexico. This past season Gulia Gurevich was invited to perform with a premiere new music group, Ensemble Flageolet. She will continue her residency with the ensemble, performing at Northern Arizona University.
A graduate of Indiana University and the Oberlin Conservatory, Gulia is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Passionate about bringing music to communities, Gulia Gurevich is a founding musician member of the Threshold Music program and has actively brought music and solace to the most vulnerable and isolated audiences during the pandemic.
Gulia Gurevich resides with her husband and two young daughters in Southern California, where she owns a music school and dedicates herself to nurturing her students' love of learning through music.
Ms.Gurevich is grateful to be playing an Italian violin made by Annibale Fagnola, generously loaned to her by Mr. and Mrs. Chris Van den Honert.
ANASTASIA DEDIK, piano
Anastasia Dedik has earned international recognition as an artist who is equally at home in solo repertoire as well as chamber music and vocal literature. Her playing has been praised by New York Concert Artist Review as "flawless and memorable" and "Highly accomplished and authentically Russian pianism" - Peninsula Reviews. Her acclaimed appearances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and The Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia have yielded a dedicated fan base on both continents. She has performed with Fort Worth Symphony, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, NYCA Symphony Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Symphony and Oberlin Orchestra, to name a few.
Anastasia has been featured on RAI TV in Italy, NDR TV in Germany, WABC in NYC as well as in an episode of NBC's "Law and Order SVU", performing Beethoven's "Appassionata" in an exciting episode entitled "True believers." Recent performances have taken Anastasia to Vermont, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Seattle, Miami, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Saint Petersburg. Her latest recording has been released on "Toccata Classics" and premieres works for piano and violin by Ukrainian composer Theodore Akimenko.
Born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia Anastasia hails from a family of distinguished musicians. After graduating from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 2004 she moved to the United States to continue her education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. Anastasia is a top prizewinner of "Bosenforfer and Yamaha USASU", San Jose and Pietro Argento International Piano Competitions.
Anastasia's debut Solo CD was recorded at a live recital in Recco, Italy, and was released by GPM Records in 2008. In 2015 she recorded Tchaikovsky-Pletnev's "Nutcracker" Suite and "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky.
Most recently Anastasia founded the "Rising Stars" piano camp which will take place at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, New Jersey. This festival offers immersive musical 'bootcamp' training as well as performance opportunities with Prima Music Foundation, Inc. for young pianists, which Anastasia founded in 2020.
Ms. Dedik is also a Doctorate candidate in piano performance at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of Music. Anastasia resides in New York City with her husband and their 7-year-old daughter.