The Honest Brook Music Festival 2021 Season

Live performances return to the Great Western Catskills.

The Honest Brook Music Festival will present live chamber music once again this summer for its popular weekend concerts in The Barn in Delhi.

The season of four performances will run from Saturday, July 10 to Sunday, August 8.

The Cuarto Latinoamericano, a string quartet, and Jiji, a guitarist, will open the season on Saturday, July 10 at 7:30 pm.

One of the world’s most renowned classical music ensembles, the quartet has for more than 30 years been the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. They have toured extensively and throughout the world and have premiered more than a hundred works. Winners of the 2012 and 2016 Latin Grammys for Best Classical Recordings, The Cuarto Latinoamericano have been recognized by the Mexican Music Critics Association Award and received Chamber Music America/ASCAP’s “Most Adventurous Programming” Award three times.

Jiji is an adventurous artist known for her virtuosic performances that feature a diverse selection of music, ranging from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation, played on both acoustic and electric guitar.

On July 17 at 7:30 pm, Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa and Russian born pianist Ilya Yakushev will perform.

Mesa has established himself as one of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation. He has won numerous competitions and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States and Mexico, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Santa Barbara Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Yakushev won the 2005 World Piano Competition, and has won numerous other competitions since his first award at age twelve as a prizewinner of the Young Artists Concerto Competition in his native St. Petersburg.

On Sunday, August 1, The Claremont Trio, consisting of piano, violin, and cello, will take the stage at 4 pm.

Lauded as “one of America’s finest young chamber groups” by Strad Magazine, The Claremont Trio is sought after for its thrillingly virtuosic and richly communicative performances. The first winner of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the trio is consistently lauded for its aesthetic maturity, interpretive depth, and exuberance.

On Sunday August 8, Spanish-Dutch pianist Albert Cano Smit will be the guest artist at 4 pm.

Smit won first prize at the prestigious 2019 Young Artists International Auditions, the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, and the 2017 Walter W. Naumburg Piano Competition, which presented him in recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

The Honest Brook Festival is located at 1885 Honest Brook Road off Route 28 between Delhi and Meredith.

To observe social distancing, the number of seats will be limited. Masks will be required.

For more information and/or reservations, visit the Honest Brook website, send an e-mail to hbmf@aol.com or call 607-746-3770.