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The Lincoln Piano Trio - Oct. 30, 2015

lincoln piano trio2What fun it will be to welcome back our friends from the Windy City, who inaugurated our hall’s new Steinway B in September of 2012! In 2012 FANFARE Magazine hailed the celebrated Chicago-based Lincoln Trio—Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, David Cunliffe, cello, and Marta Aznavoorian, piano—as "one of the hottest young trios in the business." Formed in 2003, the Lincoln Trio takes its name from their home, the land of Lincoln. The Trio has performed throughout the United States, including appearances at Carnegie's Weil Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bryant Park Festival, Ravinia Festival, Poisson Rouge, the Indianapolis Symphony Beethoven Chamber Music Series, Lane Concert Series, University of Chicago, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Music in the Loft, and in Springfield, Illinois, where the trio was chosen to celebrate the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration with President Barack Obama. The Trio has also performed in Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and South America.

The Lincoln Trio has premiered seven works by members of the Chicago Composers Consortium: Stacy Garrop, Mischa Zupko, Janice Misurell-Mitchell, and Ravinia commissioned works for the Lincoln Bicentennial by James Crowley, Eric Sawyer and Lawrence Dillon and an award winning work dedicated to the Trio by young ASCAP winner Conrad Ta; in 2014 they premiered a Chamber Music America Award commission with composer Laura Elise Schwendinger. Valuing the importance of cultural diversity in music, the Trio supports the Chinese Fine Arts Society and the Korean Sejong Cultural Society, which commissioned three works based on Korean themes in 2013. The Trio’s extensive discography includes Notable Women released on the Cedille Label featuring Grammy and Pulitzer prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, Lera Auerbach, Stacy Garrop, Augusta Read Thomas, and Laura Schwendinger. The CD has received numerous accolades including NAXOS CD of the Month, and was listed on Alex Ross of the New Yorker’s “Nightafternight playlist for summer's end." Other releases on the Cedille label include Composers in the Loft, In Eleanor’s Words: Music of Stacy Garrop, and The Billy Collins Suite.

The critically acclaimed and GRAMMY nominated release on the NAXOS label of Annelies was based on the Diary of Anne Frank with Westminster Williamson Voices, Clarinetist Bharat Chandra and soprano Arianna Zukerman. In October of 2014 the Trio released their latest CD with which includes the entire works of Joaquin Turina for piano and strings on the Cedille Label.

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