Sunday, May 21, 2017
Foy Concert Hall, Moravian College
- Mozart Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493
- Sean Shepherd Trio (2012) (Claremont Trio commission)
- Dvorak Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65
Like the Euclid Quartet, the Claremont Trio is named for a street: New York City’s Claremont Avenue, near where all three musicians once studied and now live with their families. Fortunately, the trio is also familiar with Interstate Highway 78 and no stranger to Lehigh Valley audiences. The Claremonts are huge CMSOB series favorites, and new concertgoers will soon fall under their charm as the trio returns with special guest artist, violist Melissa Reardon.
Founded in 1999, the ensemble soon established itself as “one of America’s finest young chamber groups” (Strad Magazine). The Boston Globe has described a Claremont concert as playing “with passion and precision” and making “quieter passages . . . as interesting as the climaxes.” The group’s half-dozen recordings have been consistently and highly praised. First winner of the Kalichstein- Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, the Claremont is the only piano trio to receive the Young Concert Artists International Auditions Award.
The trio (twin sisters Emily and Julia Bruskin and Andrea Lam) extends its repertoire through frequent collaborations with individual artists (as at this season’s Bethlehem concert), as well as with large orchestras (especially for its frequent performances and recent recording of Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto). The Claremonts are also active in the commissioning of new works and will perform one of them at the Bethlehem concert.
Melissa Reardon, who joins the Claremont Trio for a Mozart quartet, is currently a sort of classical idol, as evidenced by her touring with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and Musicians from Marlboro. She has earned her buzz, however, with an impressive body of work. Violist for the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet, she is the recipient of plenty of rave reviews and competitive awards solo.