The acquaintance of the two musicians took place long before their duet collaboration. They first met in 2015 at the Mariinsky theatre, as part of the piano quintet that exists to this day. Since the end of 2018, Andrey and Julia have created a Duo and since the beginning of 2019 have won the I prize, Grand Prix and other Laureates at International competitions.
The repertoire of the chamber ensemble includes sonatas from different eras, from classical music to contemporary one: Mozart, Brahms, Ravel, Elgar, Prokofiev, Kiprskiy, etc.
They conduct active concert activities not only with the chamber programmes of Mariinsky theatre, but also on other classical venues.
Andrey Pokatov (violin)
Andrey was born in 1984 in Leningrad (USSR). In 2003 he graduated from the Specialized Music School of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and where he studied with Elena Zaitseva, in 2008 from the Conservatory and in 2011 completed his postgraduate studies there with Antonina Kazarina.
Since 2004 he has been member of the Mariinsky Orchestra. He plays in the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble under the direction of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici and in the Cremonese Trio, performing at the Mariinsky Concert Hall and chamber halls as well as other concert venues of St. Petersburg, frequently taking part in the benefit concerts.
He plays the violin made by Gabriel Jebran Yakoub after Stradivarius “Cremonese” from 1715.
Julia Grekhova (pianoforte)
Julia was born in Leningrad (USSR) in 1987. She finished musical school №11, its piano class (teacher Irina Saravaiskaya). In 2007 she graduated from musical college named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, class of professor Mikhail Lebed’. The same year she entered Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov in the class of Honored artist of Russia, professor Vladimir Mischouk.
Laureate of the international competitions.
Grekhova also in an ensemble with Pavel Sokolov (oboe), Denis Lupachev (flute), Edem Umerov (baritone), Vladimir Vaneev (bass/baritone), Migran Agadzhanyan (tenor), Yaroslav Zaboyarkin (violin/conductor), Nicolay Khondzinsky (conductor)
Since 2014 – artist of Mariinsky Theatre (chamber music)
Frequently taking part in the benefit concerts.