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About Altezza Trio

Altezza - from Italian meaning prestige, height, altitude.

Striving for the highest peak of artistic excellence in every performance.




The dynamic Altezza Trio enjoys a vibrant concert schedule and presents a wide range of repertoire that mixes traditional with contemporary.  Formed in 2012 in Colorado Springs, it is comprised of clarinetist Sergei Vassiliev – principal clarinetist of Colorado Springs Philharmonic, violinist Karine Garibova – member of Veronika String Quartet, and pianist Angelina Gadeliya – professor of piano at University of Connecticut.  The trio has toured Colorado extensively and performed in such leading venues and concert series as Lake City Arts Chamber Music series, “Chamber Music in the Pines” at Benet Hill Monastery, Pauline Chapel at the Broadmoor, The Mezzanine, Centennial Hall at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Conservatory Faculty Recital Series, Packard Hall at Colorado College among others. The Altezza trio strives to present innovative programming and brings their individual artistry and similarity of backgrounds into a unity of style and spirit.


Altezza Trio is comprised of the following artists


Sergei Vassiliev



Clarinetist Sergei Vassiliev was a prizewinner at The International Young Artist Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine at the age of twelve. During his ensuing studies, Mr. Vassiliev received several scholarships and awards from music institutions, including Interlochen Arts Academy, Rice Shepherd School of Music, University of Michigan, and University of Southern California. Mr. Vassiliev studied with Yehuda Gilad, Michael Webster, Fred Ormand, Richard Hawkins and Sergey Nizkodub. Vassiliev served as the principal clarinetist of Boise Philharmonic for the 2011-2012 season, Des Moines Metro Opera Festival Orchestra in 2015, performed on numerous occasions as part of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and joined The United States Air Force Academy Band on various national tours. He participates in music festivals around the country, including Music Academy of the West, Sarasota, Mozaic at San Luis Obispo, Hot Springs, Crested Butte, and Colorado Music Festivals. His honors include a career grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation and The Bruce Zalkind Memorial Music Award from the University of Southern California. Vassiliev currently serves as the principal clarinetist of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. He also performs throughout the west with the Colorado Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Altezza Trio. Recent chamber music engagements include Colorado College Summer Music Festival Artists Concert Series and Taos Chamber Group. Mr. Vassiliev recorded contemporary music with “Quattro Mani” on Bridge Records. He is a D’Addario Artist.


Karine Garibova



Violinist Karine Garibova was born and raised in Moscow and started playing violin at the age six studying with Irina Svetlova, Yelena Mazor and Khalida Akhtyamova. Ms. Garibova earned a DMA in String Quartet performance from the Gnesins’ Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. Ms. Garibova is a founding member of the Veronika String Quartet, which launched itself onto the international arena early, taking top prizes at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition among others. Since then, this foursome has appeared in important halls in Moscow, London, Madrid, Jerusalem, New York and Chicago.  Noteworthy collaborations have included those with members of the Amadeus, American and Fine Arts quartets, and with guest artists Ruth Laredo, Richard Stolzman, and Lawrence Leighton Smith. Performances of the complete canon of the quartet repertory, coupled with its devotion to the modernist idiom, have resulted in a discography of nine recordings on Carlton Classics and Vienna Modern Masters, featuring an impressive array of works ranging from W.A. Mozart to Augusta Read Thomas. The Veronika String Quartet has held artistic posts at Colorado State University – Pueblo and at Ohio’s Lancaster Music Festival, where it currently performs as quartet-in-residence. Since 2000 Ms. Garibova has also been playing with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, where she became Associate Principal Second Violin in 2004. She teaches privately in Colorado Springs and coaches the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony. Ms. Garibova is also enjoying collaborating in chamber music performances with musicians from Colorado Springs, CO to Moscow, Russia.


Angelina Gadeliya



Praised for her “refined and exceptionally phrased and stylized” playing (Telavivcity.com), and her “rare ability to make music speak” (The Gazette), pianist Angelina Gadeliya was born in Sukhumi, Georgia where she began her musical studies at the age of five, and continued them in Ukraine up until moving to the US in 1990. She subsequently studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Mannes College, and holds a Doctorate from Stony Brook University. Her work with Ensemble ACJW and the Decoda ensemble has brought her to the stages of Carnegie Hall, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Princeton University, the Trinity Wall Street series, and various New York locales. She has appeared as soloist with the Boulder Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, as well as with the Fort Worth, South Dakota, Oberlin, and Stony Brook symphonies, and at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Fontainebleau, Aspen, Banff, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Metropolitan Museum of Art lecture series, and the Emerson String Quartet’s 2007 Beethoven Project at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Gadeliya’s debut solo album, Music of Tribute: Schnittke and His Ghosts, was released in 2015 with Labor Records and NAXOS and has garnered high praise. Her new CD with violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, Ukraine- Journey to Freedom, A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano, has just been released in February of this year. She has given many premieres of new works and has worked closely with composers John Harbison, John Adams, Thomas Adès, Steve Reich, Steven Mackey, Matthias Pintscher, George Oakley, Ofer Ben-Amots and others. Ms. Gadeliya divides her time between NYC and Colorado Springs, where she resides with her husband Misha, her son Felix, and her daughter Anastasia.  She currently serves as piano faculty at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.


Haydn and Brahms” Featuring piano and clarinet trios by Franz Joseph Haydn and Johannes Brahms. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Packard Hall on Colorado College campus at 5 West Cache La Poudre, Colorado Springs, 80903. 

Tickets: $15 for adults and $10 for students, available at the door.

Guest Artist: Cellist Scott Kluksdahl made his debut with The San Francisco Symphony, and has been heard as chamber musician, recitalist and soloist in the United States, Europe, Israel and Latin America. His particular interest in modern music has led to significant affiliations with Robert Helps, Richard Wernick, Richard Brodhead, David Del Tredici and Augusta Read Thomas.  Scott was a founding member of the Lions Gate Trio, and he performed and recorded for twenty years as its cellist. He has recorded on CRI, Albany, Triton and Centaur labels. He is founder of the Robert Helps Festival of Contemporary Music, artistic director since its inception in 2005.  Scott has received Tanglewood’s Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, prizes in Naumburg and Washington International Competitions, and degrees from Harvard and Juilliard. He teaches cello at University of South Florida.




The French- American Connection

Milhaud- Suite, Op. 157B
Poulenc- Sonata for Violin and Piano
Paul Schoenfield- “Fraylach”
Peter Schickele- Serenade for 3

Folk Influences

Khachaturian- Trio
Piazzolla- Invierno Porteno
Bartok- Contrasts


The Silenced Soviet Composers

Denisow- Clarinet Sonata
Shostakovich- 3 Duets
Ustvolskaya- Trio
Stravinsky- “L’Histoire du Soldat”


Milhaud- Suite, Op. 157B
Stravinsky- “L’Histoire du Soldat”
Poulenc- “Invitation au Chateau”
Bartok- Contrasts





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