After 35 years of success the world over, including many award-winning recordings and
newly commissioned works, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle
audiences and critics alike with its performances. Since making their debut at the White
House for President Carter's inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein,
violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performances
of the piano-trio literature. As one of the only chamber ensembles with all its original
members, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio balances the careers of three internationally
acclaimed soloists, while making annual appearances at many of the world's major concert
halls, commissioning spectacular new works, and maintaining an active recording
In the 2011-2012 season, the trio celebrates its three-and-a-half decades together by
debuting new commissions, touring extensively, and releasing the complete Schubert trios on
Bridge Records. A four-disc complete cycle of the Brahms trios was released on Koch/E1 in
fall 2009. A disc of works by Arensky and Tchaikovsky was released in October 2006 to great
acclaim. Koch also re-released many of the trio's hallmark recordings, including chamber
works of Ravel; A Child's Reliquary (piano trio) and In the Arms of the
Beloved (double concerto) by Richard Danielpour; the complete sonatas and trios of
Shostakovich; trios by Arvo Pärt, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Kirchner, and Silverman written
especially for the group; and the complete Beethoven trios. Other highlights of their vast
discography include a critically acclaimed all-Haydn CD (Dorian), recordings of the
complete Mendelssohn and Brahms trios (Vox Cum Laude), as well as Beethoven's Triple
Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra (Chandos).
Highlights of recent seasons include tours of Japan, New Zealand, and Australia; a series
of Brahms's complete works for piano and strings with the Guarneri Quartet; a Beethoven
cycle on Lincoln Center's Great Performers series (the first time the complete
Beethoven piano trios have been performed at Lincoln Center); premieres of Richard
Danielpour's piano quartet, Book of Hours;performances throughout the US and
Europe of new concertos written exclusively for the trio by David Ott and Ellen Taaffe
Zwilich; and engagements in Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Dallas,
Cincinnati, Portland, and the Tanglewood Music Festival.
In Europe, the trio has performed in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hamburg,
Lisbon, London, Vienna, and Paris, as well as at major international music festivals in
Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Granada, Helsinki, Highlands, South Bank, Stresa, and Tivoli. It has
toured the British Isles with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in performances of solo,
double, and triple concertos.
Musical America named the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio its Ensemble of the
Year in 2002. The trio has served as chamber ensemble in residence at the Kennedy Center
since the 2003-2004 season. Other honors include the first annual Samuel Sanders
Collaborative Artists Award by the Foundation for Recorded Music.
Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson currently teach at Indiana University Jacobs School of
Music, and in fall 2012 they join the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Joseph
Kalichstein is a longtime teacher at The Juilliard School.