'Brilliant artists who perfectly master all the musical capacities of their instruments, the members of the Brahms Trio also have those rare virtues that are necessary to achieve a real ensemble sound – modesty, flexibility, the desire and ability to hear each other, trust in the voice of the partner. That's why the Brahms Trio's performances are creating such incredible emotional power'.
Maestro Rudolf Barshai
The Brahms Trio is one of the leading Russian chamber ensembles that unites violinist Nikolai Sachenko and cellist Kirill Rodin, both winners of the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and pianist Natalia Rubinstein, First Prize winner of the Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar and founder of the ensemble.
Since its foundation in 1990, the Brahms Trio has regularly appeared at prestigious international concert venues, such as the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Elbphilharmonie Laeiszhalle Grand Hall, the Brucknerhaus Linz and Seoul Art Centre, as well as at festivals in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Paris and London. Legendary musicians such as Tatiana Gaidamovich, Rudolf Barshai, Alexander Bonduriansky (Moscow Trio), and Valentin Berlinsky (Borodin Quartet) have had a significant influence on the formation of the performing style and career of the trio.
The Brahms Trio has made an invaluable contribution to enlarging the chamber repertoire by rediscovering unknown piano trios of Russian composers of the late-19th and early-20th century. In November 2020, Naxos started to release a series of 15 CDs entitled the 'History of the Russian Piano Trio', the first anthology of the Russian piano trio recorded by the Brahms Trio. This series, named the 'Herculean project' by Tully Potter (Musical Opinion, Dec 2021), became, in Daniel Morrison's definition 'a treasured contribution to the collection of chamber music recordings' (Fanfare, July 2021), attracted audiences from the very first releases and gained world-wide recognition. Recordings of the Trios by Alyabiev, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, Pabst, Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui, Taneyev, Arensky as well as world premiere recordings of Trios by Dyck, Sternberg and Youferov have received the highest acclaim from Remy Franck, Donald R. Vroon, Stephen Estep, Marina Frolova-Walker, David Nice, Jeremy Cahen, Kai Luehrs-Kaiser, Peter Kislinger, Markus Stabler, and other leading music critics in such magazines as Classica, Pizzicato, BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum, Crescendo, Das Orchester, Musical Life, etc, as well as nominated for an International Classical Music Award (ICMA), and voted Best CDs of 2021 by Gramophone and American Record Guide magazines. In the summer of 2022, the Brahms Trio was nominated for Opus Klassik Award in three categories – "Best Chamber Music Recording", "Ensemble of the Year" and "Significant addition to repertoire".
The musicians of the Brahms Trio are professors at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and they are the recipients of the awards ‘For the Prominent Contribution to the Development of Culture’ as well as the titles ‘Honoured Artist of Russia’.