Concert Artists Guild Welcomes Lysander Piano Trio to Carnegie Hall Tonight
Concert Artists Guild presents the dynamic Lysander Piano Trio, winner of the 2012 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, on its Concerts in New York series this evening, April 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The concert features works by Schubert, Shostakovich, and Brahms, as well as the world premiere of Jakub Ciupi?ski's The Black Mirror (commissioned by CAG) and the Piano Trio by Grammy-nominated American composer John Musto. The complete program follows:
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8
Schubert: Adagio in E flat major, D. 897 "Notturno"
John Musto: Piano Trio (1998)
~ Intermission ~
Jakub Ciupi?ski: The Black Mirror (world premiere and CAG Commission)
Brahms: Piano Trio in C major
Tickets are $20, $10 for students and are available by calling 212-247-7800 or by visiting www.carnegiehall.org.
The Lysander Piano Trio (consisting of violinist Itamar Zorman, cellist Michael Katz and pianist Liza Stepanova) is a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition where it was further distinguished as the Chamber Music America Showcase Performance recipient. Jennifer Bilfield, President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts Society and a member of the jury for the Final Round of the CAG Competition, describes the ensemble as bringing an "informed, energized musical personality to its performances." These qualities have made the Trio an immediate standout at other competitions, and its prior awards include top honors at the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 2011 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition (Grand Prize) and the 2011 J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition (First Prize).
The 2013-14 season has been an auspicious one for the Lysander Trio, featuring two other prominent concerts in New York City in addition to its appearance at Carnegie Hall: Schneider Concerts Chamber Music Series at the New School and at Merkin Concert Hall (Tuesday Matinee Concerts series). Other season highlights in North America include: Purdue University's Convocations Series; UCLA's Clark Memorial Library, Rockford Coronado Concerts near Chicago, Smith College (MA), Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music (Lincoln, NE) and the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society in upstate New York.
Only two months after its founding in 2009, while the players were graduate students at The Juilliard School, the Trio was selected to represent Juilliard in a special concert in Mexico City on the occasion of President Joseph Polisi's visit to Mexico. In that relatively short time, the ensemble has already been heard in performances at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and David Rubenstein Atrium, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Terrace Theater at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Other recent performances include concerts at the Harvard Club, Jewish Theological Seminary and the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library, Connecticut's Treetops Chamber Music Society and Elmira College in upstate New York.