Palm Springs Community Concert Association




Valinor Quartet

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:30 PM



Valinor Quartet is a unique hybrid of jazz and classical; classical highlighted by Sergei Teleshev (of Trio Voronezh) on accordion fused with jazz by members of the International String Trio – Ben Powell (violin), Slava Tolstoy (guitar) and Greg Feingold (bass).


Slava Tolstoy (guitar)

Slava's background includes studies of Composition and guitar performance at St.-Petersburg Jazz Conservatory, Russia. He received his Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, where he was a scholarship student. He founded the "International String Trio" in 1999 and developed a unique performance concept for the ensemble. In addition to being an accomplished performer he is also a songwriter and producer with several credits under his belt. 


Ben Powell (violin)

Ben was raised in England until moving to the USA for his college education at the age of 19. In 1998 he was invited to play at the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan as part of an international Suzuki celebration. As a soloist Ben has given recitals in The Purcell Rooms in London's Queen Elizabeth Southbank complex. Ben is also an avid jazz violinist and has been experimenting with the style for the last seven years. In 2001 he was invited to play in a master class with jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker as part of the Cheltenham International Jazz festival. Currently Ben is finishing his studies at Berklee College of Music and performs on a regular basis with Boston Philharmonics. 


Greg Feingold (bass) Greg is a professional jazz musician and is featured on several recordings. He currently works at Berklee College of Music in Boston as a staff accompanist. 


Sergei Teleshev (of Trio Voronezh – accordion)  Sergei, founding member of the hugely popular Trio Voronezh, won many regional and international accordion competitions and recently became the US V-Accordion Champion by winning 2013 US Roland V-accordion festival.



“The Valinor Quartet brings style and a global flair to a repertoire that incorporates classical, jazz, popular and culturally diverse music including French, Russian, Klezmer, Tango, Gypsy Jazz and Film Soundtracks.”

- WICN Radio


This artist is presented in association with Live On Stage.