Hailed "The most exciting piano trio in America" by The New Yorker Magazine,
Trio Solisti celebrated their 10th Anniversary in the 2011-2012 season. The trio is comprised of three brilliant instrumentalists - violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff. One of America's most notable critics, Terry Teachout of The Wall St. Journal proclaimed, "To my mind, Trio Solisti has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber-music ensemble of its kind."
Trio Solisti soulful and passionate performances are marked by soloistic virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing, and thrilling abandon. These qualities have drawn high praise from such journals as The New York Times (“consistently brilliant") and The Washington Post (“unrelenting passion and zealous abandon in a transcendent performance.”) Performing a broad spectrum of styles, their versatility extends to new music, most notably to the work of Paul Moravec who composed his 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Tempest Fantasy, for Trio Solisti.
The trio has made critically acclaimed debuts at The Kennedy Center, in New York City for Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series and at Town Hall’s Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, as guests of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Seattle's Meany Hall, La Jolla's Revelle series, and have performed in Canada and Italy.
The 2012-13 season highlights include the release of Trio Solist's new CD of Dvorak Trios on Bridge Records. Their performances across the country include great masterworks of Beethoven, Chausson, Dvorak, Ravel and Mussorgsky as well as several premieres. Chamber Music Monterrey Bay in California has commissioned 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts for a work inspired by visual artist Bill Viola to be premiered by Trio Solisti in fall 2012 with clarinetist Jon Manasse. The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music in Tucson have commissioned Lowell Lieberman to write a piano trio for Trio Solisti
which they premiere in 2013. Having performed the world premiere of Vita Brevis by Paul Moravec with lyric soprano Amy Burton of the Metropolitan Opera, their recording was recently released on NAXOS. The trio and Ms. Burton perform Vita Brevis on tour this season along with works of Beethoven and Schubert.
With a rapidly growing discography, Trio Solisti has garnered high praise for their recordings. Cafe Music, based on the title of Paul Schoenfield's popular trio, was released on Bridge in May 2009. It begins with Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires in a spicy arrangement by Piazzolla's own sideman, José Bragato and Bachmann- it segues to Piazzolla's sultry Le Grand Tango arranged for the trio by composer Martin Kutnowski. Paul Schoenfield's jazzy Café Music continues the disc's boundary-breaking mix of popular and classical, followed by Joaquin Turina's soulful second Trio. The Musical America review proclaimed "...sumptuous soaring lines, sultry countermelodies, and articulated dance rhythms with muscular clarity."
Pictures at an Exhibition includes Trio Solisti's own arrangement of Mussorgsky's monumental Pictures at an Exhibition and Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor. Gramaphone Magazine raved "Trio Solisti's arrangement skillfully recasts Mussorgsky's musical gallery" and Fanfare Magazine called the performances "astonishing in sparkling clarity...surging with sensuality and dramatic contrasts."
Other recordings by Trio Solisti are Brahms Trios for Marquis Classics about which Strad Magazine said "Trio Solisti plays this glorious music with rare commitment and insight- the free-flowing adrenaline has one on the edge of one's seat as it might at a first rate concert performance." Their CD Tempest Fantasy, a CD of music by Paul Moravec on NAXOS American Classics, includes the world premiere recording of Moravec’s 2004 Pulitzer winning work Tempest Fantasy with guest clarinetist David Krakauer. Of this release Fanfare Magazine said, "These performances are really almost beyond belief."
The Trio is the founding ensemble of Telluride MusicFest in Telluride, CO, an annual chamber music festival which presented its' tenth season in 2012. Their guest artists have included pianist Adam Neiman, clarinetists David Krakauer and Jon Manasse, violists Hsin-Yun Huang and Toby Appel, cellist Matt Haimovitz, and composer in residence Philip Glass. Trio Solisti performs at many festivals both as a trio and as individual guest artists including The Caramoor Festival, Maverick Concerts and Skaneateles Festival in New York State, Philip Glass' Days and Nights Festival in Carmel and The Laguna Beach Festival in CA, The Moab Festival in Utah, and Cape Cod Festival in MA.
Acclaimed as solo artists, Trio Solisti's members frequently perform with orchestras. In 2010, Mr. Klibonoff performed Shostakovich's 2nd Piano Concerto with the Virginia Symphony, and Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto in G major with the Buffalo Philharmonic with conductor JoAnne Falletta. Ms. Bachmann performed Philip Glass's Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra with the Orchestra of the Hague in the Netherlands.
Trio Solisti has appeared on the nationally broadcast radio show “St. Paul Sunday” and has been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today” in numerous live performances from around the U.S. They have been presented in multi-concert series at the famed Morgan Library and are currently in residence at Adelphi University in New York. www.triosolisti.com