The Claremont Trio: Award-Winning Chamber Music
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Gipsy Kings, featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, return to the Greek Theatre to celebrate their 25th anniversary under the stars in L.A. Already an international hit, the Gipsy Kings burst onto the American music scene with their 1989 self-titled album release. The Gipsy Kings introduced millions of U.S. listeners to the band's unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. Since then, the band has toured virtually non-stop, to the farthest-flung corners of the planet, and sold almost twenty million albums, all the while retaining the same line-up of virtuoso musicians. Their music has been featured on television in such diverse projects as Dancing With the Stars, Entourage and movies such as Toy Story 3, Fearless and The Big Lebowski. The Gipsy Kings' most recent album Savor Flamenco won a 2014 Grammy for Best World Music Album. Expect to hear songs from Savor Flamenco as well as old favorites in this exciting outdoor show. The opening act is Ole' Noys, the sons of the Gipsy Kings' Tonino Baliardo and Nicolas Reyes. Learn More
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“Their exuberant performance and gutsy repertoire … was the kind of fresh approach that keeps chamber music alive.” – Cincinnati Enquirer
The Claremont Trio is one of the most exciting young groups performing today. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, “Their exuberant performance and gutsy repertoire…was the kind of fresh approach that keeps chamber music alive.” They received the first ever Kalichstein Laredo Robinson International Trio Award in December 2003, which will result in an extensive tour of 20 major United States venues including Carnegie Hall.
After winning the 2001 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Claremont Trio made its acclaimed New York debut at the 92nd Street Y. The Trio also debuted in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and in Washington, DC at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The Claremont Trio holds the Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair of Young Concert Artists.
During the 2004-2005 season, the Claremont Trio will return to prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. Their touring schedule includes concerts at the Detroit Chamber Music Society, the Cincinnati Chamber Music Society, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, FL, the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase, and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, CA. They will make their debut appearance at Wolf Trap, where they will receive the Wolf Trap Foundation’s Debut Artist Award. In addition the Trio will take part in the Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process series, showcasing “String Band”, which was written for them in 2002 by Mason Bates.
Highlights of last season included a debut at the Kennedy Center as well as performances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA, and on the Alexander Schneider Series at the New School, NY. The Trio performed in the prestigious concert series at the American Academy in Rome. They also collaborated with Peter Martins, director of the New York City Ballet, on a ballet of “Cafe Music” by Paul Schoenfield.
During recent summers the Claremont Trio has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Ravinia, Bard, Norfolk, Moab, and Great Lakes Festivals. The Trio frequently performs the Beethoven Triple Concerto with orchestras such as the Virginia Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, and the Dayton Philharmonic. They have also performed with many distinguished guest artists including Toby Appel, Martha Katz, Ida Kavafian, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and Richard Young.
In 2002, the Claremont Trio traveled to Serbia, Bosnia, and Slovenia as part of a cultural exchange co-sponsored by the U.S. State Department and Carnegie Hall. The Trio participated in the 2001 Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall, and was presented by Carnegie Hall on their Alexander Schneider Chamber Music Series. The trio has also appeared at the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, the Harvard Musical Association in Boston, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, and in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Claremont Trio was featured on NHK Television in Japan, and in a segment for Martha Stewart Living. They are also frequently heard on radio stations around the world including New York’s WQXR, Boston’s WGBH, Chicago’s WFMT, and Australia’s ABC. Their debut CD of the Mendelssohn Trios was released on the Arabesque label in 2004.
Committed to expanding the standard repertoire, the Claremont Trio actively seeks out new and unknown works. They have premiered a number of pieces commissioned for them including compositions by Daniel Kellogg, Mason Bates, and Hillary Zipper. The Trio is also extensively involved in music education and has been recognized for their engaging and interactive programs for students of all ages.
Twin sisters Emily Bruskin and Julia Bruskin formed the Trio with Donna Kwong in 1999 at the Juilliard School, where they studied with Robert McDonald and Joseph Kalichstein.