Siberian Trio

Liezl-Marét Jacobs (piano), Boris Kerimov (cello) and Elena Kerimov (violin) form the Siberian Piano Trio.
They perform standard repertoire for piano trios but also perform arrangement of popular works.

Elena Kerimova

Elena started to play the violin at the age of seven. One year later, Elena was admitted to the Special Music School for talented children. As a pupil of Prof M Lieberman, she performed concerti by Vieuxtemps, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Elena has toured extensively through Europe and Japan as a member of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra playing with world renowned musicians such as Rostropovich and Oistrakh. After relocating to South Africa in 1999 Elena took the co-principal position with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra where she continued her career as a soloist. She has become a firm favourite with audiences displaying a dazzling technical ability and infectious stage personality. Passionate about chamber music, Elena has performed frequently at Friends of Music in Durban and, recently, at the Grahamstown Festival. Her violin is a copy of a Magini made in the 19th century.

Boris Kerimov

Boris was born in Russia in 1962. He started to play the cello at age eight and graduated from the Novosibirsk Conservatoire in 1987. As a winner of the Conservatoire competition, he performed with Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra Schumann concerto and Rococo variations by Tchaikovsky. From 1986, Boris has been co-principal cellist with Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra and toured extensively through Europe and Japan. Since 1999, Boris has held the position of principal cellist with the KZNPO (Durban, South Africa) and has appeared as a soloist with them on many occasions. His cello is by Antonius and Hieronymus Amati, made in 1580.

Liezl-Marét Jacobs

Liezl-Marét has established herself as a musician in a number of fields in the past 15 years. She is one of the leading chamber musicians and accompanists in South Africa, performed as soloist with various orchestras, presents workshops to music teachers, given master classes for pianists at elementary to advanced levels.

She obtained her BMus, BMus(Hons.) and MMus degrees cum laude. She also obtained her DMus at the University of Cape Town. Several bursaries and prizes were awarded to her for academic achievement.

She is in demand as an accompanist for visiting artists and regularly accompanies at national music competitions. In 2010 and 2014, she was invited to be an official accompanist for the UNISA International Strings and Woodwinds competitions in Pretoria.

She started her teaching career in 1996 at UCT, was a lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch from 2002 to 2004, and on the permanent staff at the University of Kwazulu-Natal from 2005 to 2013.

Recent review:

Group of Three does Beethoven justice: 

Music / 21 Apr '15, 11:24am

Michael Green

The piano trio – piano, violin and cello – is one of the most agreeable forms of music, with a big and varied repertory, but it seems to have been rather neglected in Durban.

Three distinguished local performers did much to redress this situation in the latest concert of the Friends of Music at the Durban Jewish Centre. Called the Group of Three, pictured, the three players were Liezl-Maret Jacobs (piano), Boris Kerimov (cello) and Elena Kerimova (violin), the latter two, husband and wife, being members of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

The piano trio repertory includes works by Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak, Schubert, Ravel, Schumann and Tchaikovsky. The Group of Three chose three of the best-known examples, by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

They opened with a big work, Beethoven’s four-movement Trio in C minor, Op 1 No 3. This trio and its two companions form what is probably the most remarkable Op 1 written by any composer. They date from 1795, when Beethoven was making his mark in Vienna. The C minor trio is a reminder that Beethoven was a supreme pianist.

Jacobs presented the challenging piano part with great skill and aplomb.

All three players delivered the music with a minimum of the extravagant and demonstrative gestures of some other performers. Elena Kerimova produced a lovely sweet violin tone and Boris excelled with his deep cello song.

This was followed by No 39 of Haydn’s 45 piano trios, the one known as The Gypsy because its last movement is a rapid and rhythmical rondo labelled “in the Hungarian manner” (although the high point of the trio is surely the middle movement, a beautiful, flowing Adagio).

After the brilliant, rapid final movement the large audience showed their appreciation with prolonged applause.

The first of Mendelssohn’s two piano trios, in D minor, Op 49, is a typically tuneful, polished, urbane work, and the players showed excellent tonal balance and individual skills. Jacobs was again outstanding in the virtuoso piano part.

This was a totally enjoyable concert, more evidence that we have top-class musicians in Durban. –

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