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KANDINSKY TRIO

Now 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.

The 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

The 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.

In 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.

The Kandinsky 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.

“The 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 Times-Dispatch

“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 neoclassic ‘Miniatures’.”
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.”
Chamber Music Magazine

“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 Daily

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