Lauded for his "extraordinary fervor, commitment, and technical prowess" (Classics Today), violinist Daniel Kurganov’s recent concert seasons have included performances at Merkin Hall (NYC) BargeMusic (NYC), The Roerich Museum (NYC), Mechanic’s Hall, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Harvard Musical Association, and the Boston Conservatory.
July, 2023 saw the release of The Brahms Age: complete J. Brahms Violin Sonatas using historical instruments (Haenssler Classics) with Constantine Finehouse. Sonatas 1 and 2 were recorded with the 1868 Streicher piano from The Frederick Collection.
As a passionate teacher, he runs a YouTube channel, producing in-depth violin masterclasses for 60,000 subscribers. Additionally, Daniel does workshops and masterclasses around the world, most recently at the Boston Conservatory of Music. His music and writing are featured regularly in The Strad magazine, and he was voted “Best of The Strad 2021."
Daniel was born in Minsk, and studied with Rudolf Koelman (protege of Jascha Heifetz) at the Zurich Conservatory. He met Constantine in 2015 and they continue to tolerate each other based on shared love of pastry, cats, and losing money.
Steven Gross is Professor of Horn and Head of the Wind, Brass and Percussion Area at the University of California - Santa Barbara. He is a former member of the Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra for 24 years. At 21, Gross won the First International Heldenleben Horn Competition. He is now Executive Director of the International Horn Competition of America, which has had winners from major orchestras and institutions worldwide.
Gross has performed internationally as a soloist in Austria, Russia, China, Switzerland, Kenya, Taiwan, South Africa, and Prague. His Carnegie Hall debut was praised for its "purest musicality." He has released 6 solo CDs to critical acclaim. Horn Call magazine states he "plays technically flawlessly and highly expressively."
Gross has held residencies at the Beijing Central Conservatory and was Visiting Professor in Taiwan. He has given masterclasses at major European conservatories and festivals. In the U.S., he has performed and taught at Eastman, Oberlin, Indiana University, and many more.
Gross was awarded the Stich-Punto Commemorative Plaque from the Czech Horn Society, only the second American to receive this honor.
Critically-acclaimed pianist Constantine Finehouse has performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including the Mozarteum (Salzburg), Miaskovsky Hall (Moscow Conservatory), Merkin Hall (NYC), Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Jordan Hall (Boston), as well as at Harvard, Yale and Emory universities, and St. Vincent’s and Elmira colleges, among others. As a renowned interpreter of works by William Bolcom, his collaboration with American violinist Philip Ficsor, The Bolcom Project, included an Albany Records 2-CD set and a national tour. Fanfare praised the recording as “indispensable to any serious collector with an interest in later 20th-century duo repertoire for violin and piano.” His most recent album with cellist Sebastian Bäverstam features works by Brahms and Shostakovich.
With degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale, Finehouse teaches at New England Conservatory and serves as Visiting Artist/Faculty at Westmont College, CA.