Comprised of three brilliant instrumentalists - violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff - Trio Solisti has earned a national reputation for its passionate, committed, and adventurous performances marked by exquisite individuality of expression and seamless ensemble playing. These qualities have drawn high praise from such journals as The New York Times (“...consistently brilliant....and compelling.”) and The Washington Post (“...zealous abandon in a transcendent performance.”) The Trio’s cutting edge verve and mastery across a wide spectrum of styles has garnered superlatives not often encountered in the piano trio genre. This versatility also extends to new music, most notably to the works of 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec.
The members of Trio Solisti collaborate with many of today's leading composers. Commissioned works for Trio Solisti include a work by one of America's most gifted young composers, Kevin Puts, who writes a work for the trio to premiere in 2012. Mr. Puts is one of four composers commissioned by Chamber Music Monterrey Bay to write works for CMMB's "Arc of Life" commissioning initiative. Violinist Maria Bachmann and pianist Jon Klibonoff perform the world premiere of Philip Glass's Sonata for violin and piano in February 2009, cellist Alexis Gerlach performs the world premiere of a concerto by Kevin Puts for cello and string quintet in New York in April 2009, and Maria Bachmann performs the world premiere of Paul Moravec's Violin Concerto at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA in May 2010.
Trio Solisti's third CD, Pictures at an Exhibition, was released on Endeavour Classics in the fall of 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. This CD prompted one of America's most notable critics, Terry Teachout of The Wall St. Journal, to proclaim, "...an ingenious arrangement of Mussorgsky's masterpiece... and a flawless performance of Ravel's luscious A Minor Piano Trio by the group that to my mind has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber-music ensemble of its kind."
Trio Solisti has two new CDs scheduled for release: CAFE MUSIC, which includes virtousic and popular works by Piazzolla, Schoenfield, Turina and Gershwin, to be released in April 2009 on Bridge Records; and in October 2008, the trio's world premiere recordings of John Anthony Lennon's Sirens and Paul Moravec's Passacaglia on the Bridge label as part the the American Academy in Rome CD series.
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 Prize-winning work composed for Trio Solisti, Tempest Fantasy, with guest clarinetist David Krakauer. “Trio Solisti Explores Beethoven”, a documentary video, was released by Videos for Arts and Humanities (www.films.com) in 2003. Directed by Academy Award nominee Josh Aronson, the documentary traces Trio Solisti’s interpretive process in rehearsals and performances of Beethoven’s “Ghost” and “Archduke” trios.
Highlights of 2008 - 2009 include performances at The Kennedy Center (Dec. 2009) where they make their debut on the prestigious Fortas Chamber Series, at New York's Kosciuzsko Foundation, in Salt Lake City, UT, Tucson, AZ, Williamsburg and Norfolk, VA, Sanibel Island and St. Petersburg, FL among others. The Trio performs with soprano Amy Burton in the world premiere of Vita Brevis by Paul Moravec at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ in March 2009. Trio Solisti performs at many festivals including The Caramoor Festival, The Moab Festival in Utah, Maverick Concerts and Cooperstown Festivals in New York, Chappaquidick Festival in Massachusetts, Grand Canyon Festival in Arizona.
Trio Solisti is the founding ensemble of Telluride MusicFest in Telluride, CO which celebrates its' seventh season in 2009. The theme of the 2009 Festival is "Celebrating Felix Mendelssohn and Philip Glass", with performances of chamber works by Mendelssohn and Glass as well as other composers. The trio performs with several guest artists at Telluride MusicFest and Philip Glass will be Composer-in-Residence in 2009. Among the Glass works to be performed is a new String Sextet written especially for premiere at the festival.
Trio Solisti 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. www.triosolisti.com