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Horszowski Trio - November 4

horszowski thumbIn November of 2014, we met our newest favorite young American piano trio: violinist Jesse Mills, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, and pianist Rieko Aizawa. Some of you missed their first tremendous program in Boise—Schubert, Harbison, and Tchaikovsky—because the city was buried in a foot of frozen slush that day. We’ve backed their concert up by ten days from this memorable first visit, and we look forward to a sunny reunion.

Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” when the members of the Horszowski Trio played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. Many years of close friendship created deep trust among the players, which in turn led to exhilarating expressive freedom.

Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, at the Kinhaven Music School over twenty years ago, when they were children. In New York City, they met pianist Rieko Aizawa, who, upon being discovered by the late violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, had made her U.S. debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Their musical bonds were strengthened at various schools and festivals around the world, including the Juilliard School and the Marlboro Festival.

Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist, Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993), at the Curtis Institute. The Trio takes inspiration from Horszowski’s musicianship, integrity, and humanity. Like Horszowski, the Trio presents repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary. In addition, they seek to perform works from the trove of composers with whom Horszowski had personal contact, such as Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Martinu, Villa-Lobos, and Granados.

Their debut recording, an album of works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and d’Indy – all composers Mieczysław Horszowski knew – was released by Bridge Records in the fall of 2014. They have also recorded “For Daniel” for a series of chamber music recordings to be released to celebrate the 75th birthday of Joan Tower. Based in New York City, the members of the Horszowski Trio teach at Columbia University and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

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