Trio con Brio Copenhagen
"Uncommon fluidity and polish, phrasing with unanimity, and playing with sensitivity"
NOTE (as of Oct. 26, 2012): For this performance, cellist Mathias Beyer-Karlshoj replaces Soo-Kyung Hong. She is married to the Trio's pianist Jens Elvekjaer, and is at home expecting their first child.
There are times when two plus two can equal three. Trio con Brio Copenhagen is one such instance, where family ties, cultural blending, and musical connections all converge to color, shape, and energize the concerts they present worldwide. Korean sisters Soo-Jin and Soo-Kyung Hong and Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer created the Trio in Vienna in 1999 with the concept of pairs coming together. The sisters had played together since childhood, and Jens Elvekjaer and Soo-Kyung Hong (who are now married) had played piano and cello duos together for years. According to Mr. Elvekjaer, "We have always felt that this ‘two and two equals three' dynamic provides a uniqueness and intensity to all of our performances." As part of the Kennedy Center's Nordic Cool 2013 festival, they bring a program of Ravel's luminous Trio and Mendelssohn's brooding and passionate C minor Trio, as well as Bent Sørensen's Phantasmagoria and the U.S. premiere of Per Nørgård's new work, After the Dream.