Trio Solisti Master Class
Oct 31, 2016
Friday November 4th
Trio Solisti is our second guest artist in YMMC's Master Class Series in connection with Chamber Music Monterey Bay. Come watch as our chamber players learn from this talented piano trio. Music students from area schools are encouraged to attend and observe and learn from one of America's premier piano trios. Admission is free and all are welcome!
About the Artist
Trio Solisti has forged a reputation as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker), with a passionate performance style that combines exceptional virtuosity and musical insight. Possessing a repertoire that encompasses the standard repertoire and works by contemporary composers, rave reviews follow the trio throughout its concert tours. Noted Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout proclaimed that Trio Solisti is "the group that to my mind has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind.” The New York Times called it “probably the finest American [piano trio] currently on the field,” and the trio was praised by The Washington Post for a “transcendent performance.”
Founded in 2001, Trio Solisti – violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, and pianist Fabio Bidini – has performed on major concert series such as the Great Performers at Lincoln Center, People’s Symphony Concerts at Town Hall NY, Washington Performing Arts Society at Kennedy Center, Seattle’s Meany Hall and La Jolla’s Revelle Series. In 2015, the ensemble performed a three-concert series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, presenting the complete piano chamber music of Johannes Brahms, with guest artists Anthony McGill (clarinet), Jesse Mills (violin), Richard O'Neill and Hsin-Yun Huang (viola), and Julie Landsman (French horn).
The trio's 2016/17 performance highlights include performances for the Dallas Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Monterrey Bay, Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake, Chamber Music Tulsa, Palm Beach Society of the Four Arts, ChamberMusic@Beall (University of Oregon) and Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music. Also this season, Trio Solisti will perform the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon's Piano Trio No. 2; it is being co-commissioned for the ensemble by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and the Harvard Musical Association. Among other leading composers with whom the trio has collaborated, are Lowell Lieberman, Philip Glass, Kevin Puts and Paul Moravec, whose "Tempest Fantasy" written for the group won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize.
A prolific recording ensemble, Trio Solisti’s two-CD set, "Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff Trios," is to be released on Bridge Records in July 2016. Critical acclaim was accorded the ensemble for its 2014 recording, "Ravel & Chausson Trios." The New York Times raved, "startlingly fresh and fascinating... plenty of fire and excitement in this standout recording." Gramophone magazine described it as "a performance of kaleidoscopic hues, beauty of sound, and bountiful panache. Whether silken or sweeping, the music receives idiomatic and sophisticated treatment as shaped by these keenly perceptive artists." The trio's earlier recordings are "Dvořák Trios," "Café Music," "Brahms Trios," "Tempest Fantasy" and the ensemble's own arrangement of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."
Trio Solisti proudly marks its 12th year as ensemble-in-residence at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, and it has presented 13 seasons of Telluride MusicFest, the trio's annual summer chamber music festival in Telluride, Colorado.
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