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Amelia Piano Trio with Soprano Hyunah YuAmelia Piano Trio with Soprano Hyunah Yu
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

8:15 p.m., Ford Hall

Anthea Kreston, violin
Jason Duckles, cello
Andrew Armstrong, piano

Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio No. 1 in C major, op. 8
Dmitri Shostakovich: Seven Romances of the Verses of Alexander Blok
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in B-flat Major, op. 97 "Archduke"

Vocal Masterclass: Tuesday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m., Ford Hall

Chamber Music Masterclass: Tuesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m., Hockett Family Recital Hall

Formed in 1999, the Amelia Piano Trio came to the fore after participating in Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 2000. As a result, Mr. Stern became a mentor to the trio and presented the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. Of that performance, the Strad Magazine says “…Its careful attention to balance, tonal beauty, and teamwork was exemplary.” Joining the roster of Concert Artists Guild in 2001, the trio went on to win the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and to record CD’s with Cedille Records and Naxos.

The Amelia members have quickly made their mark as performers and commissioners of new music. Notably, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison wrote his first full-length piano trio for the Amelia, a recording of which was released on the Naxos label in the spring of 2007. The Trio’s most recent commissioning project is a new Triple Concerto, Orpheus and Eurydice, composed by Daron Hagen. The Chicago Tribune said of the premiere, “together they dug into the piece with a gusto and polish that did the piece proud.”

The Amelia Piano Trio is actively involved in arts education and dedicates a substantial amount of time to educational projects, master classes, and coaching children and adults. The Trio members are professors at the Hartt School of Music and Connecticut College. In addition to developing award-winning outreach programs, the Trio is in residence at the Green Lake Chamber Music Camp, where they teach gifted high school and college-aged students the art of chamber music.

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