April 30, 2017 Sunday @ 3pm
Emily Bruskin, violin
Julia Bruskin, cello
Andrea Lam, piano
Lauded as “one of America’s finest young chamber groups” Strad Magazine, the Claremont Trio is sought after for its thrillingly virtuosic and richly communicative performances. First winners of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Claremonts are consistently lauded for their "aesthetic maturity, interpretive depth, and exuberance" (Palm Beach Daily News).
During the 2016-17 season, the Claremont Trio performs Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto with the Wichita Symphony and the Ridgewood Symphony and gives recitals at New York’s Merkin Hall and Brooklyn Public Library, Westchester’s Emelin Theatre and Chapel Series, and Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society, Broward College, and Concerts at the Point (MA). They will perform as part of the Suzuki Alumni Project, do a visiting residency at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and make their Canadian debut at the Orford Music Festival (Quebec).
American Modern Recordings will release the Claremont Trio’s newest recording of Robert Paterson’s works, including Claremont Trio commission “Moon Trio”, in December of 2016. Gramophone magazine praised the Trio’s “poetry and… thrilling virtuosity” in their Beethoven “Triple” Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, recently released on Bridge Records. Of their Beethoven & Ravel CD, one reviewer raved “These are some of the most impassioned, moving, and notable readings of these favorites that I have ever heard, bar none.” (Audiophile Audition). Their discography also includes Mendelssohn Trios, Shostakovich and Arensky Trios, and American Trios with works by Leon Kirchner, Ellen Zwilich, Paul Schoenfield, and Mason Bates. A collaborative disc with clarinetist Jonathan Cohler garnered a glowing review in Fanfare magazine and received a Critic’s CHOICE award from BBC Magazine.
The Claremont Trio’s recent seasons included engagements at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Boston’s Celebrity Series, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series, Pasadena’s Coleman Chamber Music Association, Johns Hopkins University, the Austin Chamber Music Festival, Stanford Lively Arts, Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music, along with the Chamber Music Societies of Phoenix, Dallas, Sedona, San Antonio, Buffalo, and the Universities of Washington, Wisconsin, and Missouri. They have performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with orchestras such as the Nashville Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and Utah Symphony. They also appear regularly at festivals including Ravinia, Saratoga, Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Rockport, Bard, and Norfolk.
The Claremont Trio has commissioned new trios by Nico Muhly, Gabriela Lena Frank, Mason Bates, Sean Shepherd, Helen Grime, Donald Crockett, Robert Paterson, Paul Chihara, Sharon Farber, Howard Frazin, Daniel Kellogg, and Hillary Zipper. They have conducted master classes at the Columbia University, Eastman School of Music, Duke University, Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory Division, and the Boston Conservatory.
The Claremont Trio was formed in 1999 at the Juilliard School. Twin sisters Emily Bruskin (violin) and Julia Bruskin (cello) grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and they both play old French instruments. Emily's violin is a Lupot from 1795; Julia's cello is a J.B. Vuillaume from 1849. Andrea Lam (piano) grew up in Sydney, Australia. The Claremonts are all now based in New York City near their namesake: Claremont Avenue.
For more information about the Claremont Trio, please visit www.claremonttrio.com.
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8
Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884)
Trio in G Minor, Op. 15
I. Moderato assai - Più animato
II. Allegro, ma non agitato
III. Finale. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke”
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo. Allegro
III. Andante cantabile ma però con moto (D major)
IV. Allegro moderato