Classic Strings Duo/Rainier Trio Classical ~ Chamber

Classic String Duo/Rainer TrioPhotographer Credits: Jeff Hofmann Photography


Kevin Matheson
P.O. Box 11211
Blacksburg, VA 24062


Concerts $1,000-$2,400

The Classic Strings Duo in Concert: Beethoven, Sibelius, Schickele and Mozart.  

Rainier Trio - "Romantic Music and More!" Gems for violin, viola and piano by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Glinka

A Night at the Movies with the Rainier Trio: songs from their album including Fiddler on the Roof, Schindler’s List, Lara’s Theme and many more from famous movies.

“Movies II: The Second Installment” Rainier Trio featuring Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Harry Potter and Star Wars

"Classical and Holiday Pops with Seasonal Sing-Along" - Rainier Trio with Guest Soprano  

“Music for Flute, Harp and Strings – Celtic, Japanese and French Impressionism” – The Classic Strings Duo with Julee Hickcox, flute and Helen Rifas, harp.

“Music from France and Spain” - Faure’s popular Piano Quartet in C Minor, Tango by Albeniz and Variations on Yankee Doodle. The Classic Strings Duo with Judith Clark, piano and Julia Goudimova, cello.

Educational Concerts, Master Classes, Residency Programs $600-$2,000

Rates are negotiable, discounts for block bookings. Travel and accommodations are negotiable.


Throughout the year


Two music stands, concert stage lighting. For Trio, an acoustic piano tuned the day of the performance or performers can bring their own digital piano.


Chamber Music Concerts: All ages; Educational Concerts: K-12th grade; Master Classes and Residency Programs: 3rd -12th grade


Hailed as “two perfect virtuosos” at their international performance début, Kevin and Bryan Matheson of the Classic Strings Duo were received with critical acclaim at their Carnegie Weill Recital Hall début as part of the Ibla Grand Prize competition winners’ tour. The duo has been recognized for its mesmerizing and spirited performances - two perfect virtuosos, playing as one and has performed in Japan, Sicily, Ireland and the Czech Republic.

In November 2014 and July 2016, the Classic Strings Duo was presented in Yamaha Hall, Tokyo, Japan collaborating with piano and opera singers.

In November 2014 and again in July 2016, the Classic Strings Duo was presented in Yamaha Hall, Tokyo, Japan collaborating with piano and opera singers.

Now in its ninth season, the Rainier Trio is an exciting and energetic group that captivates audiences with gems from the violin-viola-piano trio repertoire. A combination written for since the 17th century, the repertoire includes works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Milhaud, bridging genres from classical to ragtime and tango.

Kevin and Bryan have teamed up with pianist Brenda Wittwer, a native of Charlotte, NC who now lives in Wytheville, VA. She has been accompanist for Theater Charlotte, Pfeiffer University Concert Choir and Sounds of America, a musical group which toured the 48 contiguous states.

They have performed a series of concerts in Pittsburgh and on the classical radio station WQED with Alex Jones, principal clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. The trio has performed at Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and collaborated with opera singers at the Vocal Arts and Music Festival at Virginia Tech. Their CD was chosen as “CD of the week” by WQED Pittsburgh.


Engaging, enjoyable classical music concerts include informative, entertaining history of the works and composers. Appropriate for all ages.

Educational Programs

From Appalachia to Arabia: Music of contrasting styles from Bach to Bartok and Appalachian to Arabian including discussions of what makes folk and classical music different and how sounds are produced on stringed instruments. An instrument “petting-zoo” with small-sized violins allows students to experience playing a violin and feel how the physics of stringed instruments work.

Master Classes & Residency Programs

String students experience an in-depth exploration into music making, self-expression and stage presence from experienced teacher/performers. Ideal for music programs.

Video - Classic String Duo

Video - Rainier Trio

Three Rags for Violin and Viola - William Ryden

Rainier Trio

Three Celtic Duos for Violin and Viola - Amy Barlowe

Music From France and Spain: Faure’s Piano Quartet

Music for Flute Harp and Strings

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