Joseph Kalichstein

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    Season Announcement 2015-2016: Joseph Kalichstein on Fortas Chamber Music


After nearly 35 years of success the world over, including many award-winning recordings and newly commissioned works, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with their performances.  Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter's Inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature.  As one of the longest-standing chamber ensembles with all its original members, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio balances the careers of three internationally-acclaimed soloists while making annual appearances at many of the world's major concert halls, commissioning spectacular new works, and maintaining an active recording agenda.

During the 2010-11 season the Trio continues to tour, perform, and teach in the upper echelon of the world's concert halls.  In addition to their annual visits to New York, California, Washington, D.C., and Florida, the Trio will also return to London for a repeat performance at Wigmore Hall as well as gracing the premier summer festivals: Tanglewood and Saratoga. Serving as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center since 2003, they are honored to take part in this concert in tribute to the famous visit in 1961 of Pablo Casals to the White House.  The Trio will also be collaborating with the Emerson String Quartet at the Terrace Theater.  In addition, the Trio will commemorate Robert Schumann's bicentenary at New York City's beloved 92nd Street Y in three programs devoted to the music of Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms and Chopin.

On the recording front, a continued and fruitful relationship with E-1/Koch International Classics has the Trio recording complete Schubert piano trios in the upcoming season. The Trio's most recent recording project, a 4-disc Brahms Cycle of the complete trios, was released in the fall of 2009.  Their Arensky & Tchaikovsky disc was released in October 2006 to great acclaim.  KOCH also re-released many of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio's hallmark recordings, including chamber works of Maurice Ravel, A Child's Reliquary (piano trio) and In the Arms of the Beloved (double concerto) by Richard Danielpour, the complete sonatas and trios of Shostakovich, trios by Pärt, Zwilich, Kirchner and Silverman written especially for the group, and their beloved collection of the complete Beethoven Trios.  Other highlights of their vast discography include a critically acclaimed all-Haydn CD (Dorian), recordings of the complete Mendelssohn and Brahms Trios (Vox Cum Laude), Beethoven's Kakadu Variations and the Archduke Trio (MCA Classics), as well as Beethoven Triple Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra (Chandos).  

In December 2001, Musical America named the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio the Ensemble of the Year for 2002.  The 2003-04 season was their first as Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Kennedy Center, an honor which has continued to thrill the Trio throughout subsequent seasons.  They were also awarded the first annual Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award by the Foundation for Recorded Music.  The steady stream of honors marks the high esteem that the classical music field holds for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.

Each Trio member also maintains an active solo performance and teaching career. Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson joined the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2005, while Joseph Kalichstein continues as a long-revered teacher at the Juilliard School of Music.

Last updated: January 24, 2011
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