Friends and Neighbours: Musical Collaborations

In addition to solo playing, Constantine Finehouse regularly performs chamber music with Philip Ficsor in a violin and piano duo, American Double, in a cello and piano duo with the young cellist Sebastian Baverstam, and with violinist Olga Caceànova.

American Double

American Double was founded in 2001 with the violinist Philip Ficsor following the collaboration on Ezra Laderman’s Duo at Yale University.  Besides working with Laderman, American Double also coached with William Bolcom in preparation for their CD release: “The Bolcom Project” featuring the composer’s complete works for violin and piano.  Mr. Bolcom has praised the Double as “first-rate musicians in every way, balancing style and taste impeccably.”  Their previous recording, Sonatas features them in works by Brahms, Beethoven and Ravel. The 2007-2008 season featured performances at Yale University’s prestigious New Music New Haven series, as well as at New York’s Steinway Hall and the renowned Harvard Musical Association in Boston.  In October 2006, American Double presented the first complete cycle of Bolcom’s works for violin and piano in Ann Arbor, with the composer personally introducing each work. Their 2004 Hungarian tour was lauded by the Kiskunhalas Mirror as “collaboration of an unbelievably high degree.” more »

The American Double - Philip Ficsor & Constantine Finehouse

Baverstam/Finehouse Duo

Cello and piano ensemble, Baverstam/Finehouse Duo, came into existence in 2003 at New England Conservatory. Since its inception the duo has performed at Harvard University, Williams College, St. Botolph Club, Steinert and Son’s, New England Consevatory’s Brown Hall as well as in Music on Marlborough and Brookline Library Music Series. In March of this year the Baverstam and Finehouse presented a program at Harvard Musical Association performing sonatas by Franck and Shostakovich as well as “Romanza” by a Boston composer, Tony Schemmer, following Baverstam’s victory in HMA’s Young Artist Award competition. This program will be featured on duo’s upcoming CD. more »

The Baverstam/Finehouse Duo

Caceànova/Finehouse Duo

Caceànova/Finehouse Duo formed in 2008 when the violinist Olga Caceànova moved to Boston from St. Petersburg, Russia to attend Longy School of Music under the guidance of Mark Lakirovich. Since its inception the duo has performed extensively in New England in addition to giving recitals in St. Petersburg, Galeazza (Italy) and New York. Most recently we have performed a program of all-Russian music in Flushing, Queens, followed by an inspirational dinner with our friends at one of local Sichuan restaurants. This occasion was by no means the first time that Caceànova/Finehouse Duo has endeavored to combine music-making with life's other pleasures. more »

Olga Caceànova

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