Alyona Aksyonova - piano / James Waldo - cello
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We have just moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where James will be commencing work towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music as a University Fellow. This move marks the end of a wonderful chapter of life living in uptown New York City - the place where we began making music together, fell in love, and had our baby girl, Sofia. We will miss NYC dearly, but we are also thrilled to tackle a new adventure in a new place. Stay tuned here and on our facebook page for updates, pictures, and concert announcements!
Yours in music, James and Alyona
“In all my years of association with Piccolo Spoleto I have never heard a more exciting chamber music concert at either Spoleto Festival USA or Piccolo Spoleto than the Music with Friends event which featured James Waldo, cello and Alyona Aksyonova, piano, performing the Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano. Their interpretation was absolutely ravishing! They elevated the music to such heights of intensity and tenderness, evoking tears among many members of the audience… These gifted young players are true artists who can transport their listeners straight to heaven!”
--Ellen Dressler Moryl, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Piccolo Spoleto Festival Charleston, South Carolina
Pianist Alyona Aksyonova and cellist James Waldo are the A.W.Duo. Concertizing around the U.S. with increasing frequency, the duo loves exploring the rich musical literature and sonic possibilities for cello and piano. Based in New York City, the duo enjoys a diverse schedule of touring and festival appearances, chamber music collaborations with friends, commissioning and performing new works, and performing with the Listen Closely Chamber Music Initiative in their home neighborhood of Inwood in northern Manhattan.
The A.W.Duo loves community! Whether playing in our home city or touring, we do our best to help bring positive change to the places we visit. We regularly work with towns, churches, universities, and other communities to organize benefit concerts for local causes. Our duo has helped various communities raise over $12,000 for local causes.
Alyona and James began playing together in 2009, and were married in 2012, and recently have welcomed little Sofia into the family. They now make there home in the lovely midwestern city of Madison, Wisconsin.
A.W.Duo plays the Sonata for Cello and Piano in g minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943). Recorded Summer 2013.
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- July 25th 2020 Arcidosso, Italy Clazz International Music Festival From July 25-Aug 8, Alyona and James will be teaching and performing as faculty members of the CLAZZ festival in the Tuscany region of Italy. Email for inquiries about applying!