Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Brand New Calderwood Hall

This past weekend we had the great honor of playing the very first public concert in the brand new Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Renzo Piano designed this truly unique space where the audience sits all around the performers in four stories of front row seats!

To celebrate the new hall, we gave the world premiere of an amazing new piece that Sean Shepherd just wrote for us. His "Trio" has three flavorful movements entitled "florid hopscotch", "Calderwood", and "slow waltz of the robots". We filled out our program with Mozart's sunny Trio in C Major, K 548 and Mendelssohn's rousing Trio in D Minor, Op. 49.

WGBH broadcast our performance live, and you can listen to all of it here.

(Photo by Michael Lutch)

Click here for the Boston Globe's review of the event.

This concert was the first in a series of three we'll be giving in Calderwood Hall this year. We will be back on April 22nd and September 30 playing more Mozart and Mendelssohn (Felix and Fanny) as well as world premieres by Helen Grime and Gabriela Lena Frank.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Big News

After 12 and a half amazing years, Donna has decided to leave the trio to spend more time with her young daughter Mila. Though we will miss her tremendously, we are happy for her and excited for this new stage of her life.

We are thrilled to introduce Andrea Lam, the new pianist of the Claremont Trio. Andrea was a semifinalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn competition and has performed around the world with ensembles like the Takacs Quartet and conductors including Alan Gilbert and Edo de Waart. Her debut recording of Mozart concertos with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will be released shortly. We've been performing with Andrea periodically over the last several months, and the trio is stronger than ever with her at the piano. Andrea is truly a joy to work with, and we look forward to introducing her to all of you!