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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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“the freshest breath of air in the world of chamber music today.” —Naples Daily News
“deft, exhilarating, and imaginative” —Strings Magazine



Haydn: Trio in E Major, Hob. XV:28

Kirchner: Trio No. 2 (1993)

Brahms: Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8


Emily Bruskin, violin

Julia Bruskin, cello

Donna Kwong, piano

Twin sisters Emily Bruskin and Julia Bruskin formed the Claremont Trio with Donna Kwong in 1999 at The Juilliard School. After winning the 2001 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Claremont Trio launched its touring career with an acclaimed New York debut at the 92nd Street Y. The Trio is based in New York City near its namesake: Claremont Avenue.

The first recipients of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, the Claremont Trio has earned accolades for performances of “finely wrought detail and dramatic insight” (Washington Post_) and “stylistic savvy” (_New York Magazine).

Highlights of previous seasons include performances in the concert series at the American Academy in Rome; concerts in Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center; and a collaboration with Peter Martins, director of the New York City Ballet, on a ballet based on Café Music by Paul Schoenfield. The Trio also has appeared at the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, the Harvard Musical Association in Boston, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, and in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.

During recent summers the Claremont Trio has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Ravinia, Bard, Norfolk, Moab, Deer Valley, Cape Cod Chamber Music, and Great Lakes Festivals. The Trio frequently performs the Beethoven Triple Concerto with orchestras such as the Utah Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony.

The Claremont Trio’s debut CD of Mendelssohn trios was released on the Arabesque label in 2004 to enthusiastic critical acclaim. The Trio has been featured on both Japanese and American television, and also is heard frequently in interviews on radio stations throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Australia’s ABC, New York’s WQXR, Boston’s WGBH, Chicago’s WFMT, Salt Lake City’s KBYU, and Columbia University’s WKCR.

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