‘Last year in Castle Geldrop he impressed with his solo recital: the Russian master pianist Misha Fomin, who lives and works in the Netherlands. Yesterday afternoon he was back behind the piano, together with his compatriots, violinist Anton Ilyunin and cellist Anna Gorelova. Since 2015 they have performed together as the Balakirev Piano Trio. The Strabrecht Theatre programmed this superb ensemble. The pianist played the demanding scores beautifully and with a lush colour palette. He proved to be a solid fundament and a unifying and inspiring partner. In excellently balanced dynamic lines, he gave the two string players every opportunity to showcase their passionate narrative. Beethoven's Trio opus 11 sounded fascinating and clever, especially the virtuoso variations. The instrumentalists possessed great affinity with romantic emotions of Rachmaninov. The "Trio Elégiaque" received a good dose of tension and a brilliant setting. They convinced with Brahms' vibrant Trio opus 8. What a fiery and hot-blooded performance; the slow movement was very delicately spun. With an encore, a lovely Arensky, the three consummate musicians thanked the enthusiastic audience. "A Mighty Group", this trio with the name Balakirev, the composer from one of Russia’s "Mighty Handful".’