• Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011

    The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Celebrates its 35th Anniversary with the New York Premiere of a Quintet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich on November 29 in Zankel Hall

     Violist Michael Tree and Double Bassist Harold Robinson Join Trio for Premiere;Program Also Includes Piano Trios by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky


    Currently celebrating its 35th anniversary of performing together, the acclaimed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio comes to Zankel Hall on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. for a concert featuring the New York premiere of composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass and Piano, written specifically for the group’s anniversary. Frequent collaborators violist Michael Tree and double bassist Harold Robinson join the Trio for the premiere. Also on the program are Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor. For a video of the ensemble performing the Tchaikovsky trio, click here.

    A co-commission by Carnegie Hall, Zwilich’s quintet is scored for Schubert’s “Trout” instrumentation and received its world premiere in La Jolla in August. The quintet is the fourth work that Zwilich has written for the Trio. Of the work, the San Diego Union Tribune wrote, “Only Zwilich…could somehow find the Gershwin in Schubert…Zwilich took a snippet of Schubert’s melody, augmented it until it was nearly unrecognizable, and transformed it into an all-out jazz-inflected romp… this appealing work has a real chance of having a life beyond its commissioned performances."

    Artist Information
    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 their performances. Since making their trio 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 performance 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 agenda.

    During the 2011–2012 season, the Trio celebrates its three-and-a-half decades together by debuting three new commissions devoted to the anniversary, recording the complete Schubert trios, and touring extensively. In addition to the new quintet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the Trio recently performed the world premiere of Stanley Silverman’s Trio No. 2, "Reveille," with Sting as guest vocalist last month at the 92nd Street Y. Music Accord has also commissioned a new work by André Previn for the Trio, which will be given its world premiere at the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center in 2012.

    The Trio is preparing to release the complete Schubert trios during the 2011-2012 season. Their most recent recording project, a four-disc Brahms Cycle of the complete trios, was released in the fall of 2009. In October 2006, the Trio released a disc of music by Arensky and Tchaikovsky to great acclaim. Musical America named the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio the Ensemble of the Year for 2002. The 2003-2004 season was its first as Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center, an honor which has continued to thrill the Trio throughout subsequent seasons. They were also awarded the first annual Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award by the Foundation for Recorded Music. The steady stream of honors marks the high esteem that the classical music field holds for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.

    Program Information
    Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    •• Joseph Kalichstein, Piano
    •• Jaime Laredo, Violin
    •• Sharon Robinson, Cello
    Michael Tree, Viola
    Harold Robinson, Double Bass

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
    ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass and Piano (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50

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