Comprised of two sensationally gifted and acclaimed virtuosi - clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov [pronounced: sh-TRY-koff] and pianist Misuzu Tanaka - the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo has been heard throughout the U.S., garnering an impressive record of instant re-engagements. Clarinet and piano duos are still rare gems on the modern concert stage despite the immense repertoire. With its innovative programming, master classes, and recitals, the Duo makes it their mission to transform the superb instrumental combination from a rare occurrence to a welcomed guest in concert series across the globe.
The 2017-2018 season highlights include the Duo’s debut album release on Concertant Classics label as well as numerous concerts and master classes with appearances at the Fairmont Chamber Music Society (WV), Highlands Chapel Concert Series in Seattle (WA), and Cedarhurst Chamber Music (IL) among others.
During past seasons, the Duo performed on many eminent concert series across the country including Chamber Music Society of Maryland, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts (IL), Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society (CA), Amadeus Festival in Whitefish (MT), Summer Stars Classical Series in Ocean Grove (NJ), Tuesday's Music Live Series in Augusta (GA), Frederick Collection Historical Piano Concerts in Ashburnham, (MA), and Endless Mountain Festival in Elmira (NY) to name a few.
The Duo’s upcoming debut album “Epilogues” will focus on the last works of three leading composers – Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns and Francis Poulenc. Each of these composers chose the clarinet as the last medium of their genius, referring to its rich sound and soulful expression in the late stage of their lives, entrusting in it a lifetime of wisdom and experience. Though the story behind the creation of each composition differs, all of them hold a deep philosophical meaning as the pinnacles of the composers’ mastery.
Maksim and Misuzu first met in December 2012 and, as avid chamber music collaborators, instantly felt a unique artistic connection resulting in an inspiring and creative friendship. Both artists are graduates of The Juilliard School and enjoy extensive international solo careers that have heard them in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Germany’s Leipzig Gewandhaus and Japan’s Izumi Hall.