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Daniel Gaisford & Oxana Mikhailoff: Beethoven, Chopin, & Rachmaninoff

Daniel Gaisford & Oxana Mikhailoff: Beethoven, Chopin, & Rachmaninoff

Flatiron, New York

Sat, December 9, 2023 7:00 PM, EST

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Doors & Pre-Reception 7 PM
Performance 8 PM
Post-Reception 9:45 PM

Daniel Gaisford & Oxana Mikhailoff: Beethoven, Chopin, & Rachmaninoff

Gotham Arts in collaboration with Groupmuse is delighted to present an intimate private recital by cellist Daniel Gaisford and pianist Oxana Mikhailoff featuring sonatas by Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

Wine will be served.


BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata No. 2 in g minor, Op. 5 No. 2

CHOPIN Cello Sonata in g minor, Op. 65


RACHMANINOFF Sonata for Cello & Piano in g minor, Op. 19

About the Artists

Watch Daniel & Oxana perform Rachmaninoff's Elegiac Trio No. 1

About Daniel Gaisford

American cellist Daniel Gaisford enjoys a career that has expanded over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. Hailed by the New York Times as "transfixing," and The Philadelphia Inquirer as "remarkable." After hearing Gaisford perform, the Senior Editor at the National Review and Critic for The New Criterion Jay Nordlinger wrote: "Gaisford is an American cellist and not well known. Why this is so is a mystery — and it teaches us something about the music business. When I first heard Gaisford in Philadelphia, I was stunned: How could there be so good a cellist I had never heard, or even heard of? Evidently, not every master is on the covers of magazines, or the covers of CDs; some have unorthodox careers. Gaisford has a formidable technique and a formidable mind. He can make a hundred sounds: fat, thin, spiky, lyrical, rich, sickly, piercing, warm. On the Barge series in New York, Gaisford played with a grave mien throughout. He gave the impression that he was not merely performing a sonata, but doing something supremely important." The Chief Critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer had a similar reaction, calling Gaisford "America's greatest unknown cellist." The New York Times also stated that "Gaisford deserves more recognition."

Gaisford continues to infuse with new life the great works of the past, while fiercely advocating for the music of our own time. As soloist, Mr. Gaisford has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States and Canada; among them the major orchestras of Saint Louis, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal, under the direction of conductors such as Robert Spano, David Zinman and Hermann Michael. Equally active as a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Gaisford has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad in cities ranging from New York, San Francisco and Berlin, to Boston, Rome and Tokyo. He has been a featured guest at major festivals throughout the world including New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Chautauqua Festival, the Caramoor Festival, and the Davos Festival in Switzerland. Other festivals appearances include the RomaEuropa, New Jersey’s Festival of the Atlantic, Michigan’s Matrix Festival, the Prince Albert Festival in Kauai, the Aspen Music Festival and the Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. Mr. Gaisford has been a frequent guest on radio programs around the country and his performances can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today series. In 2001, Mr. Gaisford recorded composer Michael Hersch’s Sonata No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello and gave the NY premiere at the Tisch Center for the performing Arts to great acclaim. In 2004, he recorded Hersch’s Sonata No. 2 for Unaccompanied Cello, which was dedicated to Mr. Gaisford. The performance was recorded on he Vangaurd Classics label and selected by The Washington Post as one of the most important recordings of 2005 by chief critic Tim Page. In 2015, Last Autumn was released on Innova Records.

New releases also include the Bach Suites for Solo Cello and the Piatti Caprices for Solo Cello. Daniel Gaisford grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where he studied with Richard Hoyt and Gayle Smith. Further studies took him to the University of Southern California where he studied with Gabor Rejto and Ronald Leonard. Gaisford continued his studies with Harvey Shapiro and Channing Robbins at The Juilliard School of Music in New York. While at The Juilliard School of Music, Gaisford was principal cellist of the symphony orchestra and was the first prize winner of the Shostakovich Cello Competition which resulted in his Lincoln Center debut.

Mr. Gaisford’s recordings can be found at the iTunes store and on his website, as well as many other online music vendors.

Gaisford has an online cello class of talented students and professionals and is currently in video and recording projects soon to be released.

About Oxana Mikhailoff

Born in Vladimir, Russia into a family of professional musicians, Oxana Mikhailoff began studying piano with her mother at the age of five. By the age of eight, Ms. Mikhailoff had already won an international Young Artists Competition in Czechoslovakia, despite her being the competition’s youngest participant in the 8 to 16-year age category. That same year, Ms. Mikhailoff was selected to attend the Central Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow where she studied for ten years with Anaida Sumbatian (teacher of Vladimir Ashkenazy and Oxana Yablonskaya) and Vera Gornostaeva. Ms. Mikhailoff subsequently studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Professor Vladimir Krainev and at the Manhattan School of Music with Professor Philip Kawin. She also studied with Maestro Vladimir Feltsman.

Ms. Mikhailoff pursued an active performing career throughout Russia and Europe as a recitalist, concert soloist and chamber musician. Her United States debut took place at Carnegie Hall in 1999. She later returned to Carnegie Hall to play an all-Chopin recital on the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death. She also performed in three seasons with the Greenwich Symphony under Maestro David Gilbert. In each instance she received the highest critical acclaim. Ms. Mikhailoff also played Chopin’s e minor concerto under Maestro Vladimir Feltsman.

Recognized by the legendary Martha Argerich as an extraordinary talent, Ms. Mikhailoff has developed a vast repertoire extending from Baroque to modern-day composers including solo works, chamber music and 31 piano concertos. This Russian-born American pianist was honored with the Second Prize at the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in August 2003, her eleventh international competition prize. Ms. Mikhailoff subsequently performed in the Martha Argerich festival in the world famous opera house, Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires. Ms.Mikhailoff then toured throughout Argentina together with Ms. Argerich.

Ms. Mikhailoff graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2003 with a Masters of Music degree. Upon graduation she was awarded the prestigious Harold Bauer Prize, an honor bestowed upon the most promising talent of that institution. Ms. Mikhailoff also holds a B.A. from the Moscow Conservatory of Music.

Ms. Mikhailoff maintains an active teaching studio in Westchester County less than one-half hour from New York City. She is also the Artistic Director of the Midland Music Series in Bronxville, NY.

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