Artist Series: Merling Trio, Sept. 28

WILMORE, KY— The Asbury College Artist Series welcomes the Merling Trio for a performance on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium.

The Merling Trio is an international ensemble bringing together musicians from Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds. With violinist Renata Artman Knific, Bruce Uchimura with cello and Susan Wiersma Uchimura on piano, this trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group. The trio made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and was named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994.

The Merling Trio has given numerous recitals throughout Canada and the United States. Members of the Trio have performed with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with such notable conductors as Daniel Borenboim, Simon Rattle, and Cristoph Eschenbach. Recent trio performances include concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Charleston (WV), the Texas Friends of Chamber Music Series, the Jewel Box Series at Northeastern Illinois University, and the Columbus (OH) Museum of Art.

Several contemporary composers have written works for the Merling Trio including C. Curtis-Smith’s Second Piano Trio. The trio performed a sold-out concert in Carnegie Hall of a new work by New York composer Terry Winter-Owens. The group also premiered Frank Proto’s Quartet for Piano and Strings at St. John’s Smith Square in London, England.

Performances by the Merling Trio have been broadcast widely on television and radio. Their recordings include, “The Merling Trio performs works of C. Curtis-Smith” (1995, Albany Records) and “Piano Trio Classics,” (2001, Pamplin Records). In 2006, Centaur Records released the trio’s new recording of works by Piazzolla and Proto.

In residence at the School of Music at Western Michigan University, members of the trio are also faculty members at the prestigious ENCORE School for Strings and at the Lancut Festival in Poland. Festival appearances include the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Pensacola Summer Music Festival and the Skaneateles Festival among others. Recent educational activities include performances and master classes for the California Music Teachers Association, the Music Teachers National Association, the Hawaii International Arts and Humanities Conference, and the American String Teachers Association National Conference.

For more information about this performance, please contact Faye Montgomery at 859-858-3511, ext. 2250.


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