Anastasia Solomatina – Piano
Pianist Anastasia Solomatina demonstrated her prodigious talents early, by winning First Prize at the Second Tchaikovsky Moscow Regional Competition in Russia in 1992, and since then has been a prize winner in a number of prestigious international piano competitions, including the Gubaidulina, the Senigallia, the New Names International Festival, the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition, and many others.
Anastasia is a 2003 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Peter Serkin and Eleanor Sokoloff. After graduation, she began a graduate fellowship, studying with Elfiya Burnasheva at the Kazan State Conservatory of Music in Russia, from which she received her Master of Music degree in 2005. She continued with doctoral studies at Kazan State Conservatory, completing the program in 2008. During her final year she became a member of the piano faculty at the Kazan State University of Culture and the Arts.
In 2008 Anastasia left Russia to continue her professional activity in the United States, but before leaving she was awarded the National Talented Youth Award by decree of President Putin. In September 2009 she joined the studio of Prof. Awadagin Pratt in pursuit of a DMA degree in piano performance at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; however, she put her DMA degree on hold in 2012 in order to be able to spend time more time with her family on the West Coast. She currently resides in Seattle and, in addition to teaching privately and performing, she is Faculty Pianist at the Seattle Conservatory of Music, where she also lectures in Music Theory, Keyboard Harmony, and Form and Analysis.
Ms. Solomatina has appeared as a soloist with the Nizhny Novgorod Academy Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, the Junior Symphony Orchestra of Seattle, the Halifax Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Magna Grecia, Orchestra Seattle, Young Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and the Kazan Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition, she has given recitals throughout Russia, USA, Italy, and Sweden. Her appearances include the 150th Steinway Anniversary Concert Series, the Chopin Foundation of the United States Presentation Recitals, Northwest Artists Piano Series, and live performances on King FM 98.1.
Elisa Barston – Violin
Praised by the acclaimed magazine The Strad for her “glowing sound” and “technical aplomb,” violinist Elisa Barston is currently the Principal Second Violinist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. She previously served as the Associate Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and was a first violin section member of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Ms. Barston’s teachers include Almita and Roland Vamos, Robert Lipsett, and Josef Gingold. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music Cum Laude. At Indiana University, where she earned a Master of Music degree, Ms. Barston was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, the Jascha Heifetz Scholarship, and the Starling Foundation Grant.
Among her awards, Ms. Barston has garnered top prizes at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition, First Prize at the Julius Stulberg Auditions, Grand Prize at the International Kingsville Young Performers’ Competition, and First Prize in the Seventeen-General Motors National Music Competition.
As a soloist, Ms. Barston has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with the major symphony orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Saint Louis, Seattle, and Taipei, and many others. In 1986, she made her European debut with the English Chamber Orchestra, at the request of Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
Eric Han – Cello
Korean-born Canadian cellist Eric Han made his concerto debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14. His debut led to numerous engagements with Toronto Sinfonietta, Toronto Chamber Players, and Symphony by the Sea. He collaborated with world-renowned conductor Sir Andrew Davis in a live recording of the Elgar cello concerto, released on the Yamaha Canada label.
As an avid chamber musician, Eric has performed with many of the world’s leading musicians, including Joseph Silverstein, Roberto Diaz, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Chee Yun, Lynn Harrell, Gray Hoffman, Paul Coletti, Jörg Widmann, Jan Vogler, Thomas Demenga, classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, and with members of the Altenberg Trio, and Borromeo and Orion String Quartets. As a recitalist, Eric has performed in many of world’s prestigious halls, including Zankel Hall Carnegie, the 92nd St. Y, St. Martin in the Fields, and Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh.
Eric has been the recipient of numerous awards in Canada and the U.S., including the Tom Thomas Scholarship, Toronto Symphony Orchestra Scholarship, Schimidbauer International String Competition, and the 2012 Sylva Gelber Award.
Eric has participated at many festivals as a guest artist and artist-in-residence, including the Moritzburg Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Music@Menlo, Sarasota Music Festival, Banff Centre and the Orford Arts Centre.
Eric studied with David Hetherington at the Glenn Gould School and holds a B.Mus. from the Colburn School of Music under the tutelage of Ronald Leonard. He was also an Artist Diploma student at the Curtis institute of Music, under the guidance of Peter Wiley and Carter Brey.
In 2012 Eric joined the Seattle Symphony Orchestra as associate principal cello (4th Chair).
Eric plays on a cello made in 2010 by renowned French luthier Frank Ravatin, on generous loan from the Maestro Foundations.