Biographies of Kandinsky Trio and Members

[Hi-res photos of Trio and CD cover]
Elizabeth BachelderBenedict GoodfriendAlan Weinstein   Guests: Roger ChaseKurt Rosenwinkel

Kandinsky TrioNow in its twenty-sixth season, the Kandinsky Trio celebrates one of the longest and most successful artist residencies in the United States — at historic Roanoke College — with the release of its new OmniTone recording, On Light Wings.  With over a thousand concerts of high caliber chamber music in the U. S., Europe, and Canada, including New York (Miller Theater and Merkin Hall), Washington (The Kennedy Center), Atlanta (Spivey Hall), Oklahoma City, Tampa (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), Portland, Charleston, San Francisco, Banff, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna, and Zagreb, the Kandinsky Trio has also been heard at such venues as the Interlochen Festival, the Concert Society at Maryland, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Cincinnati's Aronoff Center, and the Center for the Arts at Penn State.

Its recordings are aired regularly on Boston's WGBH, Chicago's WFMT, and the Maine, Georgia, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Minnesota Public Radio Networks.  Live performances have been broadcast on the Mac-Neil/Lehrer News Hour, numerous times on National Public Radio's Performance Today, and WNYC's Around New York.  Their CD, In Foreign Lands (Brioso), released in 2003, was selected by WNED (Buffalo and Toronto) as one of the best CDs of the year, and London's Music and Vision dubbed it "one of the year's best chamber music recordings."  The Charleston Post and Courier named the Kandinskys "a trio of stunning talent" after their appearance on the 2008 Spotlight Series at Piccolo Spoleto.  Described as "spirited and persuasive," American Record Guide, and “virtuosity, with spine-tingling precision," Cincinnati Enquirer, the Trio draws in new audiences with both its passionate performances of masterworks and innovative ideas in re-defining chamber music.

In 2002, the Trio was in residence at the European/American Masterclasses at the Hindemith Center in Blonay, Switzerland.

The Kandinsky is one of only six piano trios ever to win the prestigious Chamber Music America Residency Award.  In 1999, it was honored to be chosen by Senator Charles Robb as the representative of the Commonwealth of Virginia at Kennedy Center's State Days series.  In addition the ensemble has received awards from the Theodore Presser and Carpenter foundations to extend its artistry and visionary residency ideas to under-served communities.

The Kandinsky Trio regularly collaborates with such diverse artists as bassist James VanDemark, violinist/violist Ida Kavafian, cellist Steven Doane, soprano Dawn Upshaw, composer Gunther Schuller, storyteller Connie Regan-Blake, and jazz legend Larry Coryell.  Its innovative projects have included Mike Reid's Tales of Appalachia for Trio and Storyteller, commissioned for the Trio by nine presenting organizations and performed on over 100 concert series, and John D'earth's Natural Bridge, for Trio, jazz bass and guitar with jazz great Kurt Rosenwinkel.  Its project, with storyteller/whistler Andy Offutt Irwin, features unique arrangements of jazz standards and folk music to create a totally original musical experience.

Visit the Kandinsky Trio's website at: www.KandinskyTrio.org.

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