Alyona Aksyonova - piano / James Waldo - cello
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We just finished our first tour of China, sharing concerts in 5 cities across the eastern side of country. We were taken care of very well by Andi, our agent and translator, and had many rich, exciting, and new experiences along the way. Xie xie, China! We hope to see you again soon!
We we are now getting ready for return engagements in Charlotte, Davidson, and Asheville North Carolina and Bristol, Rhode Island. We hope to see many friends along the way, and meet some new ones.
Yours in music, James and Alyona
“In all my years of association with Piccolo Spoleto I have never heard a more exciting chamber music concert at either Spoleto Festival USA or Piccolo Spoleto than the Music with Friends event which featured James Waldo, cello and Alyona Aksyonova, piano, performing the Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano. Their interpretation was absolutely ravishing! They elevated the music to such heights of intensity and tenderness, evoking tears among many members of the audience… These gifted young players are true artists who can transport their listeners straight to heaven!”
--Ellen Dressler Moryl, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Piccolo Spoleto Festival Charleston, South Carolina
Pianist Alyona Aksyonova and cellist James Waldo are the A.W.Duo. Concertizing around the U.S. with increasing frequency, the duo loves exploring the rich musical literature and sonic possibilities for cello and piano. Based in New York City, the duo enjoys a diverse schedule of touring and festival appearances, chamber music collaborations with friends, commissioning and performing new works, and performing with the Listen Closely Chamber Music Initiative in their home neighborhood of Inwood in northern Manhattan.
The A.W.Duo loves community! Whether playing in our home city or touring, we do our best to help bring positive change to the places we visit. We regularly work with towns, churches, universities, and other communities to organize benefit concerts for local causes. Our duo has helped various communities raise over $10,000 for local causes.
Alyona and James began playing together in 2009, and were married in 2012, and joyfully welcomed their first child Sofia Aksyonova Waldo into the world on May 23, 2015. The family makes their home in the neighborhood of Inwood, Manhattan, along with dog Remy, and cat, Eddie.