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 The Nobilis Piano Trio has been an ensemble in residence at the College of Music of Michigan State University since 2004.

Violinist Ruggero Allifranchini is a native of Milan, Italy. He was given his first violin lesson at age eight. At seventeen, he joined the chamber orchestra I Solisti Aquilani and performed with the ensemble throughout Europe. He came to the United States in 1984 to study at the New School in Philadelphia and later at the Curtis Institute. In 1988 he was the recipient of the Diploma d'Onore from the Chigiana Academy in Sienna, Italy. While at Curtis, he became a founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet in which he played exclusively for eleven years. He plays on a violin known as the "Fetzer" made in 1694 by Antonio Stradivari.

Pianist Stephen Prutsman studied at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He won international recognition as a medalist at the 1990 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. The following year he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and received a medal in the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium. As a composer, his composition Dramatis Personae for clarinet and string quartet won first prize at the 2001 ICA International Composition Competition.

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, cellist Suren Bagratuni began his musical education there at the age of seven. He went on to study at the Moscow Conservatory and later in the United States at the New England Conservatory of Music. Mr. Bagratuni won the silver medal at the 1986 International Tchaikovsky Competition while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory. A former faculty member of the New England Conservatory and the University of Illinois, Mr. Bagratuni is currently Artist-Teacher and Professor of Cello at the Michigan State University College of Music.

   

 

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