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New Clarinet-Violin-Piano CD: Acclaimed Zodiac Trio Plays Bartok, Stravinsky, Ustvolskaya and Bacri
A new recording from the Blue Griffin label features the esteemed clarinet-violin-piano ensemble: Zodiac Trio; as they present monumental works for their instrumentation, along with a world premiere recording and a hidden gem from the Soviet Era
Formed in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music in NY and trained at the Paris Conservatory, the Zodiac Trio has achieved unprecedented success in its field, culminating in an invitation to join the distinguished roster of the international management powerhouse - Columbia Artists Management Inc. The ensemble's path is studded with prizes, awards, as well as unconventional milestones such as an apprenticeship with the famed Ysaye Quartet, becoming the first American group and the first ensemble with a wind instrument to be chosen for the program.
The repertoire chosen for the recording reflects the Zodiac Trio's mission to reinforce the presence of masterworks of its instrumentation on the international chamber music scene, as well as bring to light hidden gems and introduce new works of great potential.
The two trios by Bela Bartok and Igor Stravinsky are the defining works of the clarinet-violin-
The complete repertoire is as follows:
Igor Stravinsky - Suite from "L'Histoire du Soldat" (1918)
Nicolas Bacri - "A Smiling Suite"Opus 100b (2007)
Galina Ustvolskaya - Trio (1949)
Bela Bartok - Contrasts Sz. 111. BB 116 (1936)
The CD was recorded at Blue Griffin’s Studio The Ballroom in Lansing, MI, produced and engineered by Sergei Kvitko, and is available at www.BlueGriffin.com, iTunes, Amazon, as well as other online and physical retail outlets.
The Zodiac Trio (Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin; Riko Higuma, piano) enjoys an international concert schedule that spans three continents and presents an eclectic repertoire that mixes contemporary with the traditional. Protégé
The Zodiac Trio was originally formed in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of renowned clarinetist David Krakauer and violinist Isodore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio. Shortly after its inception at the Manhattan School of Music, the Trio was introduced to the NY audience by WQXR’s Bob Sherman, who aired multiple performances by the young ensemble on the “Young Artist Showcase.” Subsequently, the Zodiac Trio gave its official debut at the Kaufman Center, prompting Edith Eisler of the New York Concert Review to describe the young ensemble as “excellent…”
In 2007, the Zodiac Trio was first brought to the attention of the international chamber music scene in a feature by the London-based international MUSO magazine, praising the Trio for “bringing a rare combination of instruments into the spotlight by unearthing old repertoire and commissioning new music.” At this time, the young ensemble was making its mark on the competition circuit, having garnered prizes at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (U.S.), FNAPEC International Chamber Ensemble Competition (Paris), International Chamber Music Competition of Duchi D'Acquaviva (Italy) and Val Tidone International Music Competition (Italy), among others.
With its reputation growing, the young ensemble has since performed throughout Canada, United States, Japan, many parts of Europe and most of China’s main cultural metropolises. The ensemble has been critically praised for its “impeccable technique” (Ouest-France)
Its numerous appearances have included Festival Radio France Montpellier and International Colmar Festival in France, Russian River Music Festival, Old First Concerts and Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in California; Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music in Nebraska; Grand Concert Series and Western State College Guest Artist Series in CO; Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center; St. Vincent College Concert Series in PA; Schneider Concert Series at the New School, Merkin Concert Hall and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center in New York; Quogue Chamber Music Festival in the Hamptons; in Boston Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Boston University and Tufts University (MA); Mount Allison University, Virtuosi Concert Series, Four Seasons Performing Arts Center, Performing Arts Newmarket, McMaster University Celebrity Series and Kitchnener Waterloo Chamber Music Society in Canada; Izumi Hall in Japan; and the International Composers Forum in Sweden, among many others. In addition, the Zodiac Trio has performed two extensive tours of China (2010 and 2011) appearing in twelve different cities in total. Throughout the tours, the ensemble was consistently presented on the country’s most prestigious stages such as the Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai, National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, Guangzhou Concert Hall, Shenzhen Concert Hall, etc.
Dedicated to education both on a conservatory level and in public schools, the Zodiac Trio is often called upon to present master classes, clinics and music presentations for young audiences. The ensemble has been invited to give master classes and presentations at such institutions as Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Tufts University, Western State College of Colorado, Southeastern State University of Oklahoma, Western Michigan University, Colorado College, Ningboa University (China) and the China Conservatory of Beijing. In the summer of 2013, the Zodiac Trio will launch the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in Southern France (www.zodiacfestival.com)
The Zodiac Trio is managed exclusively by Columbia Artists Management Inc. For further information: