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March 10, 2012 — International Classical Trio November 26, 2011

Posted by eng112f09 in Classical, Upcoming concerts.
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The Grove Festival is pleased to present an evening of exquisite chamber music, featuring a trio of international artists.  Well known to Grove Festival followers,  Canadian born pianist Pauline Martin will this time be joined by two brilliant young string players just in from Cologne, Germany.  The program will feature trios by Mozart and Brahms as well as engaging works by  Handel-Halvorsen, Kodaly and Hosakawa. The music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10th, at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Ave., Midland. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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Though each was born in America, it was at the Hochschule fur Musik, Koln in Cologne, Germany that violinist Timothy Braun and cellist Erik Asgeirsson met and decided to collaborate with international colleagues on a chamber music project.  Having since performed jointly in numerous German venues, most notably the Philharmonie Koln, they currently perform as a duo and have formed a trio with pianist Agapi Triantafyllidi.

Born in Los Angeles, Californiain 1985, violinist Timothy Braun has performed as a solo chamber musician in North America and Europe as well as in Australia and South Africa.  Recently he has given recitals in such prestigious halls as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw,Budapest’s Bela Bartok Palace of the Arts and Pretoria’s ZK Matthews Great Hall. In recent summers he has been invited to highly acclaimed chamber music Music Festivals in the United States, including the Itzhak Perlman Chamber Music Program (New York), Kneisel Hall Festival (Maine), Music@Menlo (California), as well as the Pan Pacific Festival (Sydney) and Viana do Castelo (Portugal). He has collaborated with violinists Mihaela Martin, Jamie Laredo, violist Matthias Buchholz and cellists Ronald Leonard, Merry Peckham, Claus Kanngiesser and Paul Katz.  His principal mentors have been Robert Lipsett at the The Colburn School in Los Angeles and Mihaela Martin at Hochschule fur Musik Koln.

Twenty-four year old cellist Erik Ásgeirsson has amassed a staggering list of professional credits on the world stage. Since well before his enrollment at the Eastman School of Music at age sixteen, Ásgeirsson’s ascent as a rising star has been swift and steady. Praised by Der Westen (Germany, 2009) for his “refined magic of tone colors… exquisitely beautiful melodies and enormous virtuosity”, he has been featured as soloist in the major concerto repertoire with orchestras of Germany,Miami and his native Michigan. Ásgeirsson has also been recorded and presented internationally as recitalist and chamber musician at venues in the U.S, Canada and Europe – among them, Italy’s Amici Della Musica and Gustav Mahler Festivals, France’s Festival Music Alp and Germany’s “Romanische Nacht” Festival, Forum Neue Musik and Philharmonie Koln Lunch series. His recent performances at the Lucerne Festival Academy, with composer-conductor Pierre Boulez, were live-streamed online to a world-wide audience.  He holds a Masters degree in Cello

Pauline Martin’s Washington debut captured the Washington Post headline Pauline Martin’s Dazzling Debut. The Canadian born pianist continues to earn world-class recognition for solo and chamber music performances, recordings and national broadcasts in Canada, theU.S. and Europe. Martin has been a featured performer and teacher at such festivals as the Ann Arbor,Sarasota, Summer Serenades (Maryland) Festivals, Mackinac Island, Grove (Michigan), Winter Days (Scnadinavia) and Aria International Festivals.  As concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the New American Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra London Canada, among others. Pauline Martin has recorded for theNaxos, Koch and CRS labels and, as founding member of the St. Clair Trio, is a recipient of the prestigious Chamber Music America/WQXR-FM award for its outstanding CD, “Old Acquaintances” (Koch) as well as a first-round Grammy nomination for “Hobson’s Choice”(Koch).  Recent releases include “A Postcard fromEurope” with clarinetist George Stoffan and the Naxos CD: “Imaginary Creatures” (works by James Hartway).  She performs regularly with violinist Yehonatan Berick: the Berick and Martin Duo.

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