Claremont Trio - September 30, 2011

claremont_trioWidely regarded as the premier piano trio of its generation, the Claremont Trio is sought after for its thrillingly virtuosic and richly communicative performances. First winners of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Claremonts are consistently lauded for their "aesthetic maturity, interpretive depth, and exuberance."

Equally passionate about the standard repertoire and the music of our time, the Claremonts have released two CDs spanning music from Beethoven to Mason Bates. American Trios on Tria Records is the first disc to present both of Leon Kirchner's piano trios and was recorded in honor of his 90th birthday year. The disc also features Paul Schoenfield's Café Music, Ellen Zwilich's Trio, and Mason Bates' String Band (written for the Claremont Trio in 2002). Another release, on Ongaku Records, is a collaborative project with clarinetist Jonathan Cohler, including works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Dohnanyi. The recording garnered a glowing review in Fanfare magazine and received a Critic's CHOICE award from BBC magazine, which cited the "splendidly enjoyable" disc's "real intensity through eloquent phrasing and responsive teamwork." The Trio newest recording, featuring trios of Ravel and Beethoven, was released in the fall of 2010.

Twin sisters Emily Bruskin ,violin, and Julia Bruskin ,cello, formed the Trio with Donna Kwong, piano in 1999 at The Juilliard School. The Claremonts are based in New York City near their namesake: Claremont Avenue. The Claremonts continue to maintain a strong New York presence, with frequent performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Columbia University's Miller Theatre, as well as the downtown venues of New York Public Theatre's Joe's Pub and Le Poisson Rouge.

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