...Violinist Igor Yuzefovich, cellist Maxim Kozlov, and pianist Michael
Sheppard revealed plenty of individual and collective strengths in an
appealing program... the clarity of articulation and tightness of
ensemble work proved admirable; the players took that finale [Haydn
Piano Trio in G Major] at Mach speed without losing their grip...
The jaunty, impish Beethoven Trio was full of sudden shifts in dynamics
and timbre,... the three musicians often threw a phrase back and forth
as if engaged in a spirited game of one-upmanship... the Monument
[Piano] Trio turned its youthful enthusiasm to an intense romanticism...
Baltimore City Paper
... The penetrating
musicianship and dazzling virtuosity for which Mr. Sheppard is known was
clear with every note ... Mr. Yuzefovich
proved to be an equally great musical contributor, adding another
beautiful layer of melody to the program. His technically flawless
control over the violin, made only sweeter by his long, singing tone,
were especially clear in the Mendelssohn... Maxim
Kozlov brought to the trio a certain depth and richness of sound, and
managed to steal the audience's breath... in the second movement of the
Mendelssohn trio. There, his passionate and painful cry was like a hand
grabbing at the heart...
- Sasha Kozlova
Johns Hopkins News-Letter