HARUMI RHODES (Substituting for Emily Bruskin who is on maternity leave)
JULIA BRUSKIN, cello
ANDREA LAM, piano
Lauded as “one of America’s finest young chamber groups” Strad Magazine, the Claremont Trio is sought after for their thrillingly virtuosic and richly communicative performances. First winners of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Claremonts are consistently lauded for their “aesthetic maturity, interpretive depth, and exuberance” (Palm Beach Daily News).
EMILY BRUSKIN, violin
Emily Bruskin has performed as soloist with the Virginia, Pacific, San Francisco Ballet, Utah, and Nashville Symphonies and has given recitals across the country and around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the American Academy in Rome, the Kennedy Center, and Boston’s Jordan Hall. As violinist of the Claremont Trio she has made critically acclaimed recordings on the Arabesque, Bridge, Tria, and Ongaku labels and has commissioned trios from Nico Muhly, Mason Bates, Gabriela Lena Frank, Sean Shepherd, Helen Grime and Hillary Zipper. Ms. Bruskin has appeared at the Saratoga, Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, and Ravinia festivals and has given masterclasses at Columbia University, the Eastman School of Music, and Duke University. Ms. Bruskin was a grand prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and received BBC Magazine’s Critic’s Choice Award and the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist Award. A graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard program, she holds degrees in Neuroscience and in Music.
JULIA BRUSKIN, cello
Since her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 17, cellist Julia Bruskin has established herself as one of the premiere cellists of her generation. She performed Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto with conductor Jahja Ling at Avery Fisher Hall and has also been soloist with the Nashville Symphony, Utah Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and Pacific Symphony among others. Her recent CD of music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Dohnanyi was praised by Fanfare Magazine for its “exquisite beauty of sound and expression”. A founding member of the critically acclaimed Claremont Trio, Ms. Bruskin has recorded and toured extensively with the Trio, which recorded the Beethoven “Triple” Concerto this spring with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Ms. Bruskin plays frequent solo recitals with her husband, Aaron Wunsch, including tours in Asia and concerts in New York, Texas, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. She completed the five-year double degree program at Juilliard and Columbia University and is on the faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
ANDREA LAM, piano
Lauded for her “melting lyricism, filigree touch and spirited eloquence” (The Australian) and pronounced a “real talent” (Wall Street Journal), Australian pianist Andrea Lam is gaining recognition for her “great style and thrilling virtuosity” (Sydney Morning Herald). In recent years, she has given over seventy performances with orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, and Hong Kong. She has worked with renowned conductors including Alan Gilbert, Edo de Waart, Michael Christie, and Marcus Stenz. Andrea Lam was a Semifinalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition. In 2009, she was also the Silver Medalist at the San Antonio Piano Competition, where she won additional prizes for the Best Classical performance and Best Russian performance. In 2010, she joined the Astral Artists Roster as a winner of their national auditions. Ms. Lam holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Boris Berman, and the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Arkady Aronov.
Notes © Claremont Trio
Excerpt of Joan Tower’s 5th quartet, “White Water” (2011) – written for the Daedalus String Quartet and Chamber Music Monterey Bay.