The ANTONEVICH & KATZ duo delivers a sizzling fusion of American Jazz and European Gypsy music, featuring Jazz favorites arranged for violin and piano in the European Gypsy-Jazz style. Its members, violinist Stan Antonevich and pianist Leo Loginov Katz, are professional musicians of Eastern European origin, with superb credentials, unusual backgrounds, and complementary talents. Stan and Leo have great fun working together, and hope that their duo has a long future ahead.
Stan is a virtuoso violinist known for his passionate delivery that touches the audience’s soul. He offers a unique combination of award-winning classical musicianship and dazzling Jazz sensibility. Most classical violinists find it very difficult to adapt to the Jazz genre; improvisation is often the most challenging, because classical training emphasizes strict adherence to the original score. In addition to rigorous classical training, Stan obtained Masters' degree in Jazz from the Longy School of Music, and took workshops from the well known European Gypsy Jazz violinist Vitali Imereli.
Leo is a jazz pianist with a life-long interest in improvisation and experiments with sound. This brought him in conflict with the strict rules of the Russian musical establishment. As a result, he chose a profession in Theatre, studying acting and directing at the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts. His fruitful mix of musical and theatrical skills has brought him numerous accolades, making his performances “energetically generous, never predictable and always entertaining”.
The instrumentation of violin and piano featured by the ANTONEVICH & KATZ duo is uncommon for Gypsy Jazz, giving their music a unique sound. Usually, acoustic guitar and violin are the lead instruments, with one or more rhythm guitars for the percussion section; bass, clarinet and accordion are also common. The duo’s performances, which are typically sold out, are known for their deep emotional sense, exquisite taste, and refreshing humor. Be prepared for a world-class musical treat!
Stan Antonévich grew up in Riga, Latvia and has been playing violin since the age of 3. He has received honors in multiple international competitions, including first prize at the International Dvarionas Violin Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania. Stan has served as concertmaster with several symphony orchestras in Massachusetts and nationwide, and has performed as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Russia, Latvia, England, Germany and Austria. He is the Founder and Music Director of the Stan Antonévich Violin Studio in Newton, MA (www.newtonviolin.com).
In addition to rigorous classical training, Stan has received Masters' degree in Jazz from the Longy School of Music. Stan also took work-shops from the well known European Gypsy Jazz violinist Vitali Imereli. When performing, Stan strives to find arresting interpretations of the music that touch his listeners’ soul. His playing has often been described as “exquisite”, with “impeccable” intonation and an “unforgettable” tone.
Leo Loginov Katz was born in Saratov, Russia, and began playing piano when he was 4. Leo’s strongly developing passion for improvisation and experiments with sound conflicted with strict rules of Russian musical schools, so he chose a profession in Theatre. He studied acting and directing in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Before and after he graduated from The Russian Academy of Theatrical Art he played at several jazz and rock festivals, composed music for movies, circus and theatre shows.
The fruitful mix of musical and theatrical skills earned Leo numerous credits as performer/director/composer from likes of Rosetta LeNoir Musical Theatre Academy (AMAS), The Actors Studio, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Public Radio International, The Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and many more. In early 2004 Leo joined the legendary Dr. Stanley Taub to form “VIP of NYC” (Virtuoso Improvisation Pianists of New York City), a group that has produced a series of successful concerts at The Chamber Music Society of The Lincoln Center, Yamaha Piano Salon, and Steinway Hall in New York City. Critics and fans agree that Leo’s musical performances are “energetically generous, never predictable and always entertaining”.
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