Merc Playhouse, February 17 at 7:00 pm

Kevin Krentz, Artistic Director


  • The 2018 Valentine Concert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp. WA.
  • Tickets for the Valentine concert start at $30 and available here: TicketsEventbrite logo - click to purchase tickets
  • Tickets can be purchased at the door if the concert is not already sold out. For the past three years, this concert has sold out two weeks in advance.
  • Back by popular demand—The Golden Ticket. Each golden ticket provides reserved seating in the center section, one complimentary beverage at intermission, plus a fabulous 3-course gourmet dinner with the Festival musicians at Arrowleaf Bistro after the concert.

2018 Valentine Concert: "Romantic Strings"

SATURDAYMerc Playhouse 2/17

  • 7:00 pm
    Centerstage Concert hosted by T.B.D.

Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, "Winter"

  Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)

Piano Trio no. 2, Op. 92

  Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)

  • Allegro non troppo
  • Allegretto
  • Andante con moto
  • Grazioso, poco allegro
  • Allegro


Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, "Spring"

  Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)

Piano Trio in D minor no .1, Op. 49

  Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)

  • Molto allegro agitato
  • Andante con molto tranquillo
  • Scherzo. Leggiero e vivace
  • Finale. Allegro assai appassionato



Alexei Eremine, piano | Kevin Krentz, cello | Mikhail Shmidt, violin


Summer concerts coming July 26–August 4, 2018

2018 Valentine Artists

Saturday, February 17

Alexei Eremine, piano | Artistic Director Kevin Krentz, cello | Mikhail Shmidt, violin |

Alexei Eremine, pianoAlexei Eremine

Alexei Eremine, piano

Alexei Eremine was born in Moscow in 1964. He began his piano studies at the age of 6 at the Gnessin School of Music, graduating cum laude at the Gnessin School of Education. While studying at this Institute he formed the Gnessin Trio, and toured through the cities of former Soviet Union.

He is a founding member of the Moscow Piano Quartet (1989), the first of its kind in Russia. The Quartet has performed frequently in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities, and toured internationally to Latvia, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Greece and Japan.

He participates in International Music Festivals, both as a member of the Moscow Piano Quartet and as a solo performer.  Since the mid-90’s, he has competed in Festivals in over a dozen countries.

Alexei combined his artistic and pedagogical skills to teach Piano and Chamber Music at the Gnessin Institute. At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest professor of musical superior education in Moscow.

Since 2000 he has been teaching Piano and Chamber Music at the National Superior Orchestra Academy in Lisbon, Portugal. | Back to Artists

Kevin Krentz, celloKevin Krentz

Kevin Krentz, cello

Kevin Krentz is the Artistic Director of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. He enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, teacher, inventor, and artistic director. A devoted chamber musician, Kevin has been a winner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with his trio In Flight 3 and a winner in the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy, and the Greenlake National Chamber Music Competition with Finisterra Trio.

With Finisterra Trio, Kevin is devoted to performing contemporary works as well as the standard repertoire. The trio has commissioned new works by modern composers.  Finisterra Trio are artists-in-residence at the Phoenix Series in New York.

Kevin's teachers have included Florian Kitt and Jontscho Bayrov in Vienna, and Gary Hardie, Owen Carman, and Toby Saks in the U.S. Master-class performances include Janos Starker, Matt Haimovitz, Paul Katz, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Chamber music studies include the Florestan Trio, Elsa Verdehr, Stephen Shipps, Ron Patterson, and Ralph Votapek.

Kevin is also founder of Krentz String Works, which primarily develops and sells his inventions, including the Krentz Modulator, which can be found in virtually every major symphony in the world since its launch in 2013. Other innovations involve aspects of instrument tone enhancement and designs for cases and other accessories. For more information, visit KrentzStringWorks.com. | Back to Artists

Mikhail Shmidt, violinMikhail Shmidt

Mikhail Shmidt, violin

Mikhail Shmidt was born in Moscow. He began his musical education at the age of five and at fourteen became the winner of the International Chamber Music Competition "Concertino Prague." He graduated cum laude from Gnessin Institute of Music in 1987. His major teachers were Halida Akhtiamova and Valentin Berlinsky of the celebrated Borodin Quartet. While still at college, Mikhail participated in the Gnessin String Quartet, winner of several national competitions. He also played in the State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio String Quartet and was concertmaster of "Camerata Boccherini" Baroque Orchestra. One of the highlights of Mikhail's Russian career was collaborating with the illustrious composer Alfred Schnittke.

Since immigrating to the United States in 1989, Mikhail has established himself as a leading chamber musician. He was a founding member of the Bridge Ensemble, which recorded and toured successfully in the U.S. and Europe. As a guest violinist of the Moscow Piano Quartet, he tours Europe annually, and his "remarkable musicianship" was hailed by Lisbon newspaper Tempo. Among the highlights of Mikhail's chamber music activities are his collaborations with such diverse and distinguished composers and musicians as Steve Reich, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Giya Kancheli, Paul Schoenfield, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Vadim Repin, and many others. Mikhail has recorded on Melodia, Delos, ECM, Tzadik, Six Degrees and Inova labels. | Back to Artists

2018 Board of Directors

  • Jane Orme, President
  • Dave Chantler, Vice President
  • Anne Peck, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Howard Johnson
  • Lynn Swan
  • Carolanne Steinebach
  • Robin Nelson Wicks
  • Kevin Krentz, Artistic Director
  • Liz Johnson, Executive Director

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