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Manhattan Piano Trio coming to The Prizery on Friday

“These days the humanity is in a frantic rush to multitask, and in a way many people feel they can not afford to stay still and quietly listen. Well, I am pretty sure, at some point people feel completely exhausted emotionally. That's the right time to go to the concert and feed your soul. Music gives us a chance to feel human, to experience a range of emotions, something that might not be part of our daily life.”   Milana Strezeva  


Strezeva will perform with the Manhattan Piano Trio Friday at 7:30 p.m. at The Prizery.  

Strezeva is excited to play the new 9’ Steinway Concert Grand recently purchased from funds raised through the efforts of Benchmark Community Bank and many local citizens.   

Strezeva, was born in Moldavia.  Her mother was an opera singer, and her father 1st clarinet with the Moscow Symphony.  How could she escape music?  

Well, she tried!   

Her parents insisted that she study the piano beginning at 3 years of age.  Strezeva confesses that she was a terrible student.  She hated to practice and wanted instead to be outside with her friends.  But, her father spent three hours with her each day at the piano between his morning and evening rehearsals.  

Strezeva tried hiding the music thinking that her father would somehow  forget about the practice time.  Of course that did not work.  At the age of 5, Strezeva entered a music preschool, and her appreciation for the piano began to blossom including her love for Chopin and Rachmaninoff.  

Her love for these two composers continues to this day with the addition of Ravel, Debussy and Prokofiev as her current favorites.  “Of course, it might change in a few day!” exclaims Strezeva.

Strezeva will not name who she thinks is or was the greatest pianist of all time. 

“Thank God we don't need to have one greatest of all time. There are many amazing performers today as well as in the past, and it all comes down to what type of music you (listener) is attracted to. I don't know any pianist who is equally amazing in repertoire ranging from Bach to present day composers. Everyone has their strengths, and it's thrilling to go listen many people perform as opposed to only one - the greatest,” she said. 

“It all depends what you are in the mood for. It's wonderful to have choices and not narrow down to the BEST. That's the beauty of arts - there are choices and everyone can find something they enjoy listening to,” she said.

When asked what music gives to her soul, Strezeva responds this way.

“As a performer:  I love the learning process and puzzle solving in music. It's very satisfying when I find myself in front of the work, which makes me uncomfortable emotionally or technically, and finding my way through it. I learn a great deal about myself and I love a challenge.

“As a listener:  I love when I come to the concert exhausted and tired, maybe not even wanting to go and hear music, and when I sit down, and the music begins, the time stops. There were moments, that I would just burst into tears after hearing the first notes of the concert. 

“The sound of music is magical and the hardest thing to do, is to sit down, stop your mind and listen. I met many people in my life who said, ‘We don't understand classical music.’ Honestly I feel that there is nothing to understand. It's not a rocket science. It’s music, and if we only find a way to stop our mind from trying to frantically analyze and try to understand, then music would speak for itself.”

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