Ben Capps, a “young cello phenomenon " with “dazzling technique and a fearsomely meaty tone” (Holland Times), enjoys a versatile performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. A native of New York City, Capps began playing the cello at age four and at ten he was admitted to Juilliard. Recent performance highlights include tours of New York and the rest of the U.S., as well as China, Greece, Spain and South Africa. Capps was featured on Vermont Public Radio playing the complete cello sonatas of Beethoven, Mendelssohn & Brahms. His artistry has been praised as “virtuosic and impassioned” by the Barre Montpelier Times and “most appealing” by the New York Times.
Award-winning Yamaha Artist Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world-class importance, and lauded by reviewers at the BBC and NPR. He studied at Moscow's Central Special Music School and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard, Mr. Primakov won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award. In 2007, he was named Young Artist of the Year by the Classical Recording Foundation. Primakov's Chopin Mazurkas recording was named "Best of the Year" by National Public Radio in 2009. The BBC praised his Mozart concertos: "The piano playing is of exceptional quality: refined, multi-coloured, elegant of phrase and immaculately balanced…fit to stand as a role model to a new generation.”
Le Petit Salon de Musique is honored to offer our audience a chance to see these two remarkable young musicians performing some of the world’s most beautiful music in an intimate and accessible setting.
"Once again an outstanding concert in a beautiful venue! Please keep on giving us such wonderful music in your beautiful setting!" Charlotte
"Le Petit Salon de Musique continues to provide outstanding programs featuring truly accomplished musicians. The intimacy of the setting, and the virtuosity of the performers, make it a unique experience for people who truly love good music. We have been attending since the Salon's inception, re-arranging our own busy schedules whenever necessary in order not to miss a single concert." Susan and Paul Glatzer
"On December 18, 2011 we attended the concert at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship which featured Alexandria and Friends. It was our first concert at the Fellowship. We experienced one of the most exciting, enjoyable and musically competent concerts we have attended in many years. Alexandria Lee's piano performance was professional, beautiful and electrifying. The individual soloists on the violin, cello, viola and flute displayed outstanding competency. The finale quartet was nothing more than breathtaking. We look forward to attending future concerts." Deanna and Ted Schwartzman
"The concerts are absolutely superb. The performers are first rate and the venue is great. Keep it up!" George
"I've attended two of the concerts, and have to say that I was amazed at their professionalism. The music is wonderful and the atmosphere cozy. I could listen to the string quartet every week-they were magnificent!" Diana
"I just wanted to say that I was so glad I made it to the concert (just in the nick of time!!) because the performance was absolutely wonderful. I commented to another that I wouldn't be surprised if people somewhere, in other venues, etc., pay up to 10 times what we did yesterday to hear such a concert (Clueri Quartet). It was just amazing. Thank you for continuing to bring us such talented artists, at an irresistibly affordable price." Carol Castillo
The Salon is located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook on Nicolls Road, north of Rt. 347. (Your GPS will know it as 380 Nicolls Road, E. Setauket). For information, call (631)543-0337.