Instrumentation: violin and piano
The Contrast Duo is an internationally renowned ensemble whose concerts around the world have been received with critical acclaim and enthusiastic response. Formed in 2012, the Contrast Duo won First Prize at the 2017 Franz Liszt International Festival and Competition in Ohio, and received the Best Interpretation Award for the performance of a work by Franz Liszt. Recipient of the National Society of Arts and Letters scholarship for two consecutive years, the duo has won the Gold Medal Prize for Best Instrumental Music from the Global Music Awards and has made the finals of the Fishoff, Coleman, and Carnegie Hall Fellowship competitions. In the summer of 2017, the duo performed the Complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin and concluded an international tour in Russia, Philippines, and throughout the United States. They were featured at “The Making of WE: A Broward Centennial Celebration” documentary, TV5 Philippines, and 1M TV Russia. The Contrast Duo artists have been generously supported by the Boca West and Boynton Beach Communities in their projects. They received their respective Masters and Performance Certificate degrees at Lynn Conservatory of Music. The artists are pursuing a Chamber Music Performance Certificate degree at Lynn University as a recognized duo ensemble under the tutelage of Lisa Leonard and Elmar Oliveira. About the Contrast Duo artists Russian violinist Yasa Poletaeva is a graduate of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. She is the winner of the John Oliveira String Competition, Lynn University Concerto Competition, Moscow and St. Petersburg Chamber Music Competitions, and a recipient of the Boca West Country Club Scholarship. She has appeared in International Festivals throughout Europe and the United States and is currently pursuing a Master degree at Lynn University with Elmar Oliveira . Miss Poletaeva is a published author and a sought-after poet in Russia. Filipino pianist Darren Matias is a coveted soloist and chamber musician. He appeared as soloist of the Charlotte Symphony, the New York Summit Festival Orchestra, Lynn Philharmonia, Philippine Philharmonic, FilHarmonika, University of Santo Tomas Symphony, and the Florida Atlantic University Symphony. He has participated in the masterclasses of Gary Graffman, Leon Fleisher, Arie Vardi, Philippe Entremont, and Alexander Toradze. He was a guest orchestra pianist to the South Florida and New World Symphony, and is now the music director of the Saint Michael Lutheran Church.