Jay Krasnow studied piano with David Deveau, Marianne Williams Tobias, Paul Schoenfield, and Glenn Jacobson; composition with Robert and Victoria Sirota at the Tanglewood Institute; and tonal theory with Peter Westergaard at Princeton University. At the age of sixteen, he performed from memory a recital of George Crumb’s Makrokosmos, Volumes I and II for amplified piano.
In 2006 and 2008, Mr Krasnow performed a series of recitals of rare piano works from the 1860s to the 1880s by Ferenc Liszt and his Hungarian colleagues. As part of such series, he gave the (possibly US première) performance of two complete cycles of ‘Studies for the Left Hand Alone’ by Liszt colleague Count Géza Zichy.
In 2010, alternating among four keyboard instruments (harpsichord, organ, fortepiano, piano), he performed a series of recitals of late-period works from the 1750s through the 1780s by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, two of the more notable sons of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Currently he is preparing the second in a two-part series of recitals of harpsichord works by Domenico Scarlatti. Mr Krasnow is also a composer and has played a number of instruments in addition to the keyboard. A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, he has resided since 2004 in Cleveland, Ohio. By day he works as senior analyst at an industrial research firm.
Elena Kraineva, violist, a Doctoral Candidate at Indiana University, where she studied with Atar Arad and Stanley Ritchie. She actively performs internationally as a soloist on viola and viola d’amore and Baroque violist with various chamber music groups, including the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Musical Offering, Duo Vitruviani, Ensemble Hesperides, and Insula Magica.
Ms. Kraineva studied with Michael Terian at the Moscow Conservatory and holds her Bachelor of Music degree from the Glinka Conservatory. She is a winner of several competitions including the Moscow Viola Competition, and performed solo recitals in the Grand Hall of the Gnesin Institute and the Glinka Museum. She was a concertmistress with the Moscow Ensemble of Violists.