LA Phil Artists & Talon Smith to Perform Brahms Trio Op. 114


Internationally acclaimed artists Boris Allakhverdyan (Principal Clarinet LA Phil), Ben Hong (Assoc. Principal Cello LA Phil), and Talon Smith (Pianist & Composer) unite their musical brilliance to bring you the beautiful Brahms Trio Op. 114.

Twenty-year-old Talon Smith will also premiere his newly published composition “24 Preludes” for solo piano, showcasing his unique voice, mastery of the piano, and ability to evoke emotion through music.

Smith will also perform his interpretations of beautiful, exciting, and timeless masterpieces by Chopin, Ravel, and Stravinsky.

First prints of Talon Smith's 24 Preludes will be available for purchase at the concert.


Boris Allakhverdyan, Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is a highly sought-after soloist and chamber musician. He has won numerous awards and has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras. The New York Times called his performance "inspired," "gorgeous," and "superlative," and the Los Angeles Times praised his "energetic, vibrant solos."

Ben Hong, Associate Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has gained a reputation as one of the most accomplished cellists of his generation, with a powerful and expressive sound. He performs frequently as a soloist and as a member of chamber music ensembles. Ben Hong has collaborated with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Lang Lang. Hong was the featured soloist on the soundtrack of the DreamWorks Pictures movie The Soloist, released on the Deutsche Gramophone label.

Talon Smith is a twenty-year-old American virtuoso pianist and composer that has already won Gold at the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition. He has won many top prizes—1st place almost exclusively—in over 40 solo, concerto, and composition competitions. Talon Smith has performed around the US and Europe and is described as “a master pianist with an old soul“ by Gramophone and “an immensely musical pianist with great imagination” by Polish Radio ll.


Talon Smith’s 24 Preludes possess moving melodies; beautifully blended, consonant tonal harmonies; unique, exhilarating rhythms; and virtuosic piano writing—culminating in a full breadth of emotions to be experienced and remembered. The piece has been described as a “tour de force” for the piano, featuring a wide range of dynamic and technical demands that Talon Smith transcends throughout his passionate performances.

Many praise Johannes Brahms for the brilliance of the instruments’ polyphonic interaction in his Trio Op. 114, which creates a distinct texture that is not achieved by any other type of chamber ensemble. Brahms’ Trio is fully brought to life by Allakhverdyan, Hong, and Smith, who beautifully blend their virtuosity into a glorious union. The performance will be an opportunity to experience this work in the hands of some of the finest musicians. Scholar Eusebius Mandyczewski wrote of the Trio, "It is as though the instruments were in love with each other."

City: Santa Monica
Price Range:
$0 to $49

Program Items

Johannes Brahms Trio in A minor, Op. 114
Frédéric Chopin Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
Igor Stravinsky 4 Etudes, Op. 7
Maurice Ravel Gaspard de la nuit, M. 55
Talon Smith 24 Preludes


Boris Allakhverdyan Clarinetist
Ben Hong Cellist
Talon Smith Pianist & Composer

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica

1220 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
United States