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Sima Trio to perform at the Albany Museum of Art

The Sima Trio will perform at the Albany Museum of Art Sunday in the finale of the Willson Chamber Music Series.

The Sima Trio will perform at the Albany Museum of Art Sunday in the finale of the Willson Chamber Music Series.

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Sima Trio will perform at the Albany Museum of Art Sunday at 4 p.m. for the season finale of the Jane and Harry Willson Chamber Music Series.

The series is a collaboration of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the art museum honoring Mrs. Willson and her late husband for their support of the arts in Southwest Georgia.

Praised for their interpretations of classical and ethnic repertoire, the New York-based ensemble is composed of violinist Sami Merdinian, cellist Ani Kalayjian, and pianist Sofya Melikyan. Winners of international competitions, they are highly sought after as soloists and chamber musicians and have performed at such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon in Argentina, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Concertgebauw in Amsterdam, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Theater, La Jolla Sherwood auditorium, and Orange County Performing Arts Center. Connected by their Armenian heritage, the members have studied at Juilliard, Yale, Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes and the Royal Northern College of Music.

"The Sima Trio are winners of the First Prize and Gold Medal of the 2012 New England International Chamber Music Competition and they are quickly becoming one of the leading young trios of their generation," said ASO Music Director Dr. Claire Fox Hillard.

In addition to chamber music by Rachmaninoff and Mozart, the Sima Trio will play the lushly romantic Piano Trio by fellow Armenian, composer Arno Babadjanian.

Sima Trio has performed at Rutgers Zimmerli Arts Museum in New Brunswick, N. J., St. Gregory Church in White Plains, N.Y., Dweck Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Avalon Theater in Easton, Md., Parish Hall in Wye Mills, Md. and Ridotto series in Huntington, NY.

Merdinian is an Argentinean violinist who has received worldwide recognition for his performances as a soloist and chamber musician. He has recently appeared with the Montevideo Philharmonic, the Argentinean National Symphony, The Charlemagne Orchestre and many others. He has won prizes in many international competitions including Gold Medal in the XII International Young Solo Instrumentalists Competition in Argentina.

Ani Kalayjian, an Armenian-American cellist, has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "representing the young, up-and-coming generation." Her competition successes includes winning the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust competition in England as a soloist where she was also granted the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Prize, as well as a top prize at the J.C. Arriaga chamber music competition with Sima Trio. Ms. Kalayjian completed her masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Undergraduate studies were at Mannes College of Music.

Sofya Melikyan is an Armenian-born pianist. She has toured throughout Spain, Germany, France, Russia, Armenia, Italy, Serbia and the United States. Melikyan has been awarded first prize and a prize for outstanding Music Talent at the Marisa Montiel International Piano Competition in Linares, first prize at the Ibiza International Piano Competition in Spain, first prize for Music Interpretation awarded by "Amigos del Colegio de Espana" Association in Paris. She appeared as a soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Cordoba Symphony Orchestra, Valencia Symphony Orchestra, New Europe Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Andalucia, among others.

A reception and an opportunity to meet the musicians will follow the concert.

Concert tickets are available for online purchase at albanysymphony.org or at the door and are priced at $20 each with $10 tickets available for students with ID. For additional information, visit albanysymphony.org or albanymuseum.com.