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Trio Solisti


Trio Solisti is comprised of three brilliant instrumentalists - violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff. Trio Solisti has earned a reputation for soulful and passionate performances 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 and The Washington Post.  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 members of Trio Solisti collaborate with many of today's leading composers. Chamber Music Monterey Bay has commissioned a work for Trio Solisti by one of America's most gifted young composers, Kevin Puts. He is one of four composers chosen by CMMB's "Arc of Life" commissioning initiative, and the trio premieres his work in 2012. Violinist Maria Bachmann and pianist Jon Klibonoff performed the world premiere of Philip Glass's Sonata for violin and piano (2008), cellist Alexis Gerlach performed the world premiere of Kevin Puts work for solo cello and string quintet in New York in 2009. Trio Solisti performed the World and New York premieres of Vita Brevis by Paul Moravec in 2009 with lyric soprano Amy Burton of the Metropolitan Opera. The Trio and Ms. Burton record this work for the Naxos Label for release in 2010.  
Trio Solisti's fourth CD, Cafe Music, based on the title of Paul Schoenfield's popular trio, is a program full of surprise and high spirits. 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. To close this delightful recording, Trio Solisti performs George Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So" arranged by Ms. Bachmann.

Trio Solisti's CD entitled Pictures at an Exhibition was released on Endeavour Classics in 2007. The disc includes Trio Solisti's own arrangement of Mussorgsky's monumental Pictures at an Exhibition and Ravel's masterly Piano Trio in A minor. Previous recordings by Trio Solisti are an all-Brahms CD for Marquis Classics, and a CD of music by Paul Moravec on NAXOS American Classics. This release includes the world premiere recording of Moravec's 2004 Pulitzer winning work Tempest Fantasy, with guest clarinetist David Krakauer.

Highlights of 2009-2010 include this performance at The Kennedy Center, as they make their debut on the prestigious Fortas Chamber Series, in Houston for the renowned Houston Friends of Music Series, an all Brahms concert at The Caramoor Center for the Performing Arts, as well tours of the west coast and southern US. Trio Solisti performs at many festivals both as a trio and as individual guest artists including Bravo! in Vail, CO, The Caramoor Festival, Maverick Concerts, Skaneateles and Cooperstown Festivals in New York, Laguna Beach Festival in CA, The Amelia Island and Sanibel Island Festivals in FL, The Moab Festival in Utah, Cape Cod and Chappaquiddick Festivals in MA, Gretna Music in PA, Centrum Festival in WA, and the Grand Canyon Festival in Arizona.  
Trio Solisti is the founding ensemble of Telluride Musicfest in Telluride, CO which celebrates its eighth season in 2010. The trio performs there with many guest artists and Philip Glass was their Composer-in-Residence in 2009. Among the Glass works performed were his Sonata for Violin and Piano (2008) and String Sextet (2009) written especially for premiere at the festival. Their guest artists have included violists Hsin-Yun Huang and Toby Appel, cellist Wendy Sutter, clarinetists David Krakauer and Jon Manasse, and violinists Ayano Ninomiya and Jesse Mills.  
Trio Solisti's members frequently perform as soloists with orchestras. In the 2009-2010 season, Ms. Bachmann performs the world premiere of Philip Glass's Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra with the Orchestra of the Hague in the Netherlands, and Mr. Klibonoff performs Shostakovich's 2nd Piano concerto with the Virginia Symphony. Maria Bachmann also performs the world premiere of Paul Moravec's Violin Concerto at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA, Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Waukesha Symphony in WI, and Corigliano's Red Violin Concerto in Chicago's Millenium Park.

The trio has made critically acclaimed debuts in New York City on Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series and at Town Hall's Peoples' Symphony Concerts, at The Kennedy Center (for WPAS) in Washington, D.C., the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, and at the internationally renowned Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy. They have performed as guests of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Seattle's Meany Hall, La Jolla's Revelle series, Milwaukee Symphony's Pabst Series, Troy Chromatic Concerts, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and have toured in Canada.

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 in New York and by the St. Louis Museum of Art. Trio Solisti has been ensemble-in-residence for six years at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York where they presented a three concert series each year, master-classes, and lectures. For more information, please visit

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