Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Trio Appassionata Lydia Chernicoff, Violin Andrea Casarrubios, Cello Ronaldo Rolim, Piano luzAzul Passacaglia for Piano Trio (9’) Andrea Casarrubios (b. 1988) Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Lydia Chernicoff, Violin
Andrea Casarrubios, Cello
Ronaldo Rolim, Piano
luzAzul Passacaglia for Piano Trio (9’)
Andrea Casarrubios (b. 1988)
Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor (27’)
II. Allegro con brio
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
Praised by the International Record Review for its “complete dedication and assurance… [and for] music-making as impressive and dangerous as a granite cliff, ” Trio Appassionata is known for its communicative power, engaging performances, and the ability to bring audiences from different cultures together through music.
The trio was formed in 2007, and since then has performed extensively throughout North America at such venues as the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Bard College, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Some of Trio Appassionata’s most recent engagements include recitals at the University of Maryland, and Piccolo Spoleto Festival, as well as extensive tours of both China and Brazil. The trio toured China under the sponsorship of Wu Promotion, playing in top concert halls including the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and the Xi’an Concert Hall. The Brazil tour took the trio to Brasília, Belo Horizonte, and also included participation in the Sesc Chamber Music Festival, during which Trio Appassionata performed a series of concerts throughout the state of São Paulo.
In 2013, the trio joined the artist roster of Odradek Records, a non-profit, artist-controlled label, where it released its first CD, gone into night are all the eyes. The album features piano trios by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The trio traveled to Italy, Spain, and the U.K. as part of its CD release tour, which culminated in a recital of the CD program in its entirety at the London Festival of American Music.
As part of a project in which Trio Appassionata explores the passacaglia form in the piano trio repertoire, the trio commissioned a new work, titled luzAzul, from its own cellist, Andrea Casarrubios.
The members of Trio Appassionata are highly dedicated to bringing music to new audiences in a variety of ways. The ensemble has performed outreach programs in public schools, libraries, and churches. In 2012, the trio was named Artist-in-Residence at Chamber Music Sedona, where it gave concerts and presentations throughout the local community. Trio Appassionata also prioritizes holding masterclasses for young solo and chamber musicians, which creates a meaningful way to connect with the next generation of musicians and audience members.
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