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WATCH: Houston Music Highlight: Zoya Shuhatovich, Alla Aranovskya & Boris Vayner

Three musicians with Houston connections perform a favorite piece in the Geary Studio.

Alla Aranovsky, Boris Vayner and Zoya Shuhatovich met several years ago at the University of Houston's Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, where they bonded over their love of chamber music and shared Russian heritage.

"You collaborate with your good friends in every sense, not just personal friends but musical friends, too. Of course, what brought us together probably is chemistry – some musical chemistry – and similarities in our backgrounds. We all came from the same Russian school, and we understand each other ... and it works!" says pianist Zoya Shuhatovich.

An internationally-acclaimed Steinway artist, Zoya Shuhatovich, is a long-time Houstonian, who concertizes regularly in Europe and throughout the United States. During her career, she has performed for royal families and for President Bill Clinton.

Members of the Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg Quartet, violinist Alla Aranovskaya and violist Boris Vayner, are currently based in Kansas City, where Boris is pursuing a doctoral degree in conducting at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

The three friends visited Houston Public Media's Geary Studio in July for an interview and to perform (in the video above) one of their favorite encore selections: the jaunty "Miniature Viennese March" by legendary violinist, Fritz Kreisler.

Zoya Shuhatovich presents a solo piano recital of music by Bach, Chopin and Mussorgsky on Saturday, August 19, 2017, 7pm at The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch in Katy, Texas. Her recital will inaugurate the Conservatory's new baby grand Steinway.

The trio is planning another possible Houston concert for Spring 2018.

Catherine Lu
Pianist Zoya Shuhatovich, violinist Alla Aranovskaya and violist Boris Vayner at HPM
Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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