Friday, September 16, 2016
Moravian College, Foy Concert Hall
- Beethoven Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 2
- Turina Piano Trio No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 76
- Liebermann Piano Trio No. 3 Op. 122 (2012) (Trio Solisti commission)
- Arensky Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32
While the seamlessly perfect ensemble music-making of the Trio Solisti has caused critics to applaud the group’s “signature intensity” (The New Yorker) and compare it favorably to the Beaux Arts Trio (The Wall Street Journal), the exciting diversity of the individuals who compose the trio—three amazing and distinct soloists, as the name insists—may be the spice that consistently piques the passions of their audiences.
Schooled at the finest American institutions— Curtis, Juilliard, Yale—these musicians bring to their collaboration interests and skills as different as the instruments they play. Violinist Maria Bachmann is the Artistic Director of the Telluride Musicfest in Colorado, where the trio has performed annually since founding that chamber music festival a decade and a half ago. Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach makes music for dancers, performing directly on stage with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, for example, and New York City Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel. Pianist Adam Neiman is also a successful composer, who is especially intrigued with composing for television and film. He scored the PBS documentary “Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate” in 2010.
Together since 2001, these three individuals beautifully blend their talents in both fresh realizations of works from the traditional chamber repertoire and cutting-edge commissions like a piano trio by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, projected for 2017. In fall 2015, the Trio Solisti extended their collaborative mojo to include “and friends,” guest artists who joined them at Carnegie Hall for a series presenting Brahms’ complete piano chamber music. The Bethlehem audience will be treated to a broad range of periods and styles by this practiced collective of three exceptional soloists.