celebrating its fifteenth anniversary season, the Kandinsky Trio has eatablished
itself as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles. Described as “spirited
and persuasive” (American Record Guide) and “virtuosity, with spine-tingling precision
(Cincinnati Enquirer), the trio draws in new audiences with both its passionate
performances of masterworks and innovative ideas in re-defining chamber music.
Recent seasons have included tours through
the U.S. with performances in such cities as New York, Washington, Atlanta, Oklahoma
City, Tampa, Portland, Charleston, and San Francisco. The Kandinsky Trio has also
been heard at such venues as the Interlochen Festival, the Concert Society of
Maryland, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Cincinnati’s Aronoff
Center and the Center for the Arts at Penn State.
Trio has appeared as soloists in the Triple Concertos of Beethoven and Zwilich
with orchestras in Virginia and Connecticut and presented a Dvorak cycle at the
prestigious Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach
Kandinsky Trio regularly collaborates with such artists as bassist James VanDemark,
violinist/violist Ida Kavafian, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and composer Gunther Schuller.
Its performances have been broadcast on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, National
Public Radio, WNYC, and Minnesota Public Radio.
1994, the Trio was awarded an NEA Meet the Composer Award. The following year,
the Kandinsky Trio premiered Mike Reid’s “Tales of Appalachia” for piano trio
and storyteller and has subsequently brought this unique work to audiences in
more than sixty cities. In 1999, the Trio was honored to be chosen by Senator
Charles Robb as the representative of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Kennedy
Center’s State Days Series.
Trio is one of only six piano trios ever to win the prestigious Chamber Music
America Residency Award. In addition, the ensemble has received awards from the
Theodore Presser and Carpenter Foundations to extend its artistry and visionary
residency ideas to under-served communities.
Kandinsky’s ‘Trios in Foreign Lands’ is a fascinating mixture of romantic and
modern works....The Trio projects this wide-ranging program with natural expressiveness,
a consistently sure grasp of very different musical idoms and a gratifying balance
of spontaneity and refinement.”
Clarke Bustard, music critic Richmond
“The Kandinsky Trio’s
latest disc offers an intense but elegant portrait of music from Spain, Russia,
the United States, and China. In residence at Roanoke College in Virginia, the
group opens ‘Trios in Foreign Lands’ with Joaquin Turina’s evocative dawn-to-dusk
‘Circulo’, continues with a spacious reading of Rachmaninoff’s ‘Trio Elegiaque’
and captures the edgy spirit of Henry Cowell’s ‘Four Combinations’ and Frank Bridge’s
Kurt Loft, Music Reviewer The Tampa Tribune
“The Kandinsky Trio has released
its first recording--on its fifteenth anniversary. Featuring lesser-known works
spanning 1892-1993, the disc includes ‘Trios in Foreign Lands’ and...also tackles
an arrangement of the gypsy-style Russian folk song ‘Gitane a Trois’. This CD
shows the virtuosity and versatility of a veteran group.”
“This is one of the most attractive chamber music recordings
to come my way recently, and I have no reservation in recommending it wholeheartedly.
The recording is well produced, with excellent notes by William Badgett, and the
sound quality is extremely good...This recording includes an early (1892) Trio
by Rachmaninov, a single movement of passionate breadth and youthful vigour...and
the recital ends in ebullient fashion with the Kandinski Trio's own Gitane á Trois,
an exciting amalgam of gypsy music using the full and colourful resources of the
piano trio to fine effect.”
Patric Standford, Reviewer Music and Vision
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