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Trio con Brio Copenhagen Brings Nordic Flair to Classical Program at Meany Hall Tonight

Trio con Brio Copenhagen Brings Nordic Flair to Classical Program at Meany Hall Tonight

Trio con Brio Copenhagen-Korean sisters Soo-Jin Hong and Soo-Kyung Hong and Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer-is the recipient and winner of several prestigious awards and competitions including the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, one of the most coveted in the world of chamber music. The Trio belongs unquestionably to the upper echelons of young chamber ensembles performing today.

Trio con Brio Copenhagen performs at Meany Hall tonight, April 8, 2014 at 7:30pm. Please note that Soo-Jin Hong is on maternity leave. Violinist Natalia Prishepenko replaces Soo-Jin for the tour. Prishepenko was violinist for the Artemis String Quartet for 18 years. Meany Hall is located on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington.

There are times when two plus two can equal three. Trio con Brio Copenhagen is one such instance, where family ties, cultural blending, and musical connections all converge to color, shape and energize the concerts they present worldwide. Korean sisters Soo-Jin and Soo-Kyung Hong and Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer created the Trio in Vienna in 1999 with the concept of pairs coming together. The sisters had played together since childhood, and Jens Elvekjaer and Soo-Kyung Hong (who are now married) had played piano and cello duos together for years. According to Mr. Elvekjaer, "We have always felt that this 'two and two equals three' dynamic provides a uniqueness and intensity to all of our performances."

The Trio first commanded international attention with a performance that took the highest prize at Germany's prestigious ARD-Munich Competition in 2002. Since then, it has won First Prize in additional competitions: Italy's Premio Vittorio Gui (Florence), Norway's Trondheim Chamber Music Competition, and the Danish Radio Competition. The ensemble also was awarded the "Allianz Prize" in Germany's Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2005, Trio con Brio Copenhagen was the recipient of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award.

Trio con Brio Copenhagen's busy schedule includes major concert halls in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, such as Tivoli Concert Hall (Copenhagen), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Carnegie Hall (New York City), Wigmore Hall (London), the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Mozart-Saal (Vienna), the Seoul Arts Center (Korea), Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo), and Teatro Olimpico (Vicenza, Italy).

Trio con Brio Copenhagen is frequently featured as soloists in Beethoven's Triple Concerto with orchestras. In 2011 the trio premiered a new Triple Toncerto by the renowned Swedish composer, Sven-David Sandström, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Kristjan Järvi in Copenhagen's Koncerthuset. The following year, they were invited to perform the Triple Concerto with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for Sandström's 70th birthday concert in the Stockholm Konserthus.

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