About Finisterra, Classical Piano Trio
Kevin Krentz, cello, is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Although he began his musical life as a cellist at 12, he soon dropped the cello to sing for the rest of his youth. He only decided to devote his energies to the cello at the age of 20 after finally deciding on a career in music after such a late start.
He then studied with Gary Hardie at Baylor University where he was three
quarters of the way through a pre-med program. Kevin made quick progress
and thereafter studied with Florian Kitt of the Hochschule in Vienna, was
assistant to Owen Carman, at Michigan State University and The Meadowmount
School for Strings, and was assistant to Toby Saks at the University of
Washington. Kevin has performed in Masterclass for Janos Starker, Matt
Haimovitz, Paul Katz, and Timothy Eddy. From his late start, Kevin has gone
on to perform throughout the U.S. as well as Austria, Italy, Canada and
Great Britain as recitalist and soloist.
Since 2007, Kevin has been Artistic Director of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. The Festival draws musicians from all over the nation to perform for sold out crowds in a fabulous barn perched a thousand feet above the glorious Methow Valley.
As cellist of the Finisterra Trio, Kevin has performed across the US and Europe and is an Artist-In-Residence at the Phoenix Series in New York City as well as the Seasons Concert Hall and Fall Music Festival in Yakima, Washington where he is also Director of Chamber Music. Finisterra Trio is known for a wide-ranging repertoire of standard masterworks as well as very new works, some of which they have commissioned, including well-known American composer, Daron Hagen's Piano Trios 3 and 4. All four of Mr. Hagen's piano trios were recorded and released in 2010 on the Naxos label where they have been earning thrilled reviews.
Kevin was Assistant Principal Cellist for Gustav Meijer in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the prestigious Chamber Music Ann Arbor Spring Festival as well as the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Methow Valley Music Festival among others. Kevin is very active as a recording studio session player in Seattle where he can be heard on many major films, as well as commercials, video games, and CD’s from Dave Matthews Band to Evanescence. Kevin can also be heard as the solo cellist on the movie, Bordertown, starring Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Lopez, and Martin Sheen. Sought after for his ability to improvise his own parts, Kevin can be heard on many different artist's projects. Kevin is a dedicated and well-known teacher in Seattle and has presented at the American String Teachers Association National Convention.
Mr. Krentz plays a cello by Robert Young, made in 2008, and is inventor of the only technology to play-in violin family instruments that actually plays their strings at fortissimo for weeks, changing pitch every 12 hours, to speed them to their best sound. violinplay-in.com