Monday, December 25, 2006

New CD Now Available!

Check out our new CD (Shostakovich and Arensky Trios)! It is now available for purchase on our website.


Happy holidays to everyone!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

New CD!

They have arrived! Affectionately dubbed "Claremont Goes Russian" by our beloved producer/engineer Adam Abeshouse, this disc includes both Shostakovich trios and the Arensky d minor trio. Were he still alive, Shostakovich would have turned 100 in 2006, so we figured this was a fitting way to celebrate.

The discs will be available very soon on our website and at our upcoming concerts. For those interested in sneak preview pre-order copies, please e-mail us at

Friday, December 8, 2006

Brahms Double with Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra

Last weekend Julie and I performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and their wonderful conductor Jimmy Yannatos. Very exciting, and a bit different from the trio concerts we're used to! With about 80 young enthusiastic string players (and full wind and brass sections of course), that group makes SOUND, and so we did our best to keep up :-)

The fun part of the story: our father, a great amateur violist, was principal violist in the HRO for another performance of the Brahms Double many many years ago (before we were even born...). Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Chang were the soloists back then, and Jimmy conducted that performance as well. I took a few lessons with Lynn Chang many years ago, and his daughter was the principal violist at our concert. He, himself, was in the audience. Wow... small world.

Me, Jimmy, Julie

Sage Advice

Charles Isaacson of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh changes the posters on his studio door weekly. We enjoyed this one:

("...A man's reach should exceed his grasp...")

Here's Donna warming up in the lovely hall at UW-Oshkosh.