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The musical pedigree of these musicians speaks for itself. Allifranchini (violin), a native of Milan, arrived in the USA in 1984 and studied with both Jascha Brodsky and Szymon Goldberg. He plays on 'The Fetzer', a violin made by Antonio Stradivari (1694) and on loan from Chicago's Stradivari Society.

Ruggero Allifranchini. Screenshot © 2000 D'Alessio Media Inc and NHK

Bagratuni (cello) won the silver medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, 1986. He became a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (Moscow) and was awarded an artist diploma at New England Conservatory (Boston). He has performed with major (former) USSR, European, and Latin American orchestras.

Suren Bagratuni. Screenshot © 2000 D'Alessio Media Inc and NHK

Prutsman (piano), an international soloist, first won recognition as a medalist during the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (1990) when he received special awards for performances of Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. The following year he won the prestigious Avery Fischer Grant and received a medal in the Queen Elisabeth International Competition (Belgium). He studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Stephen Prutsman. Screenshot © 2000 D'Alessio Media Inc and NHK


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