Trio Appassionato is an exciting piano trio, which is comprised of three of the most accomplished artists living in Mississippi, all with international backgrounds. Lynn Raley, a recording artist and Piano Professor at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS grew up in Taiwan; Marta Szlubowska, concert violinist and the Concertmistress of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is a native of Warsaw, Poland; and Sasha Russakovsky, also a recording artist and Professor of Cello at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS, is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Because of their varied backgrounds, Trio Appassionato explores the repertoires of many nationalities and styles including works by Argentinian tango composer, Astor Piazzolla, romantic music of P.I. Tchaikovsky as well as the music of such well-known American living composers such as Joel Hoffman and Judith Lang Zaimont.
The three musicians of this ensemble represents three of the most important art institutions in Mississippi: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson, University of Southern Mississippi's Music Department in Hattiesburg and Millsaps College's Music Department in Jackson. You can read Artist Bios Below.
Alexander Russakovsky studied cello at the Leningrad Conservatory under renowned Russian professors Emmanuel Fishman and Anatoli Nikitin. He received his bachelor of music from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy, studying with Shmuel Magen, and master of music from Yale under Aldo Parisot. He holds a doctorate in performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied with Geoffrey Rutkowski and Ron Leonard.
As a founding member of the Jerusalem Academy String Quartet, he performed throughout Israel, and in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and France. He has made numerous solo appearances with orchestras in Israel, Russia and the US. A dedicated chamber musician, Russakovsky has performed with string quartets and other chamber music formations in Santa Barbara, in the Chamber Music Series of the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and with the Western Slope Music Festival in Colorado. He also has served on the faculty of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy.
A recipient of many awards, Russakovsky won the Angela and Maurice M. Clairmont Competition in Tel Aviv, the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation Competition in Santa Barbara, the Charlotte and Alvin Bronstein Scholarship for the Arts from the Ojai Festival, and the 1999 Career Grant of the Esperia Foundation. Orchestral engagements include Savannah Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, New Haven Symphony and Leningrad Philharmonic.
Lynn Raley studied at Southern Methodist University, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and Rutgers University, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His teachers have included Theodore Lettvin, Paul Hoffmann, David Bar-Illan, James Dick, and William Trantham, and he has coached extensively with Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio, and with members of the LaSalle and Guarneri string quartets.
Recent chamber music performances include collaborations with the Amabile and José White quartets. Raley has performed across the United States and in Holland and Canada, where he appeared at the Jeunesse Musicales International "Music of the Americas" Festival in 1995. In 1999 he performed music for piano and computer-generated sound at the Santa Fe International Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music and the Florida International Electroacoustic Music Festival. He has performed with the Cincinnati Philharmonia under Gerhard Samuel, the Houston Chamber Symphony under Akira Endo, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra under Crafton Beck. Raley can be heard in contemporary solo and ensemble works on the Leonarda and Capstone compact disc labels.
In 2004 he gave the world premiere and first New York performance of Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Wuorinen's The Haroun Piano Book, which was written for him. Raley can be heard in solo and ensemble works by James Dashow and Jonathan D. Kramer on the Leonarda and Capstone compact disc labels.
Marta Szlubowska (You can read about me from my Bio page.)
You can purchase several exciting recordings of the Trio Appassionato's Live Performances on the Discography page of this website. For more information on Trio Appassionato, please use the contact form on my Contact page.