"...undoubtedly one of the greatest violists of our time"

- The Jerusalem Post of Yuri Gandelsman


"The group that to my mind has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind"

- The Wall Street Journal of Trio Solisti



Varner Recital Hall
Oakland University
371 Varner Drive, Rochester


Brahms: Scherzo Sonatensatz in C minor, Op. Posth.
Brahms: Wie Melodien, Op. 105, No. 1
Brahms: Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
Brahms: Sonata in E-flat major for Viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 2
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25


Yuri Gandelsman, viola
Trio Solisti
Ann Toomey, soprano
Tian Tian, piano


Yuri Gandelsman was born in Russia and studied in Moscow with professors Heinrich Talalyan and Valentin Berlinsky. After winning the National Viola Competition in 1980 and joining the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra as principal violist and soloist, he became one of the USSR’s leading musicians. His collaborations included concerts with such renowned musicians as Sviatoslav Richter, Yevgeni Kissin, Vladimir Spivakov and the Borodin and Shostakovich quartets. In 1990, Gandelsman became the principal violist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. During the next 10 years, he frequently performed as a soloist with the IPO under Maestro Zubin Mehta in Israel, the United States, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain. Gandelsman has performed solo recitals in many parts of the world, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Warsaw, Istanbul, Budapest, and Florence. He has made numerous solo recordings for “Melodya,” “Sony Classical,” “Lyrinx,” “ASV” and “Naxos” labels.

A native of Shelby Township and an alumna of Oakland University, soprano Ann Toomey is a second-year Ensemble member at the Chicago Lyric Opera.  She recently completed her master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Ann was a 2016 national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a member of the Gerdine Young Artist program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2015, and an award recipient in the 2015 Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition at UCC-CM.  Concert engagements include the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performing excerpts from Walton’s Troilus and Cressida and Verdi’s Falstaff. Last season at Lyric Opera she was featured in Die Zauberflöte.

Trio Solisti has forged a reputation as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker), with a passionate performance style that combines exceptional virtuosity and musical insight.  Possessing a repertoire that encompasses the standard repertoire and works by contemporary composers, rave reviews follow the trio throughout its concert tours.  Noted Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout proclaimed that Trio Solisti is "the group that to my mind has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind.”  The New York Times called it “probably the finest American [piano trio] currently on the field,” and the trio was praised by The Washington Post for a “transcendent performance.”

A native of China, Tian Tian began studying piano at age four and continued her education in the U.S., amassing top prizes at several competitions, including the Cooper International Piano Competition and the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition.  She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard and a D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music.  Tian Tian maintains a busy performance schedule in the U.S and abroad, including a recital at the Gilmore Festival, concerto appearances with the Windsor Symphony and the Idyllwild Chamber Orchestra, and performances in the U.S. and abroad as a member of the Studzinsky Trio.