Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bevy of talent

The Claremont Trio, beauty with a beat

Express Staff Writer

Emily Bruskin on violin, left, Andrea Lam on piano and Julia Bruskin on cello.
Courtesy photo

    The Claremont Piano Trio will perform a Christmas concert with classical works by Mendelssohn, Faure and Beethoven on Sunday, Dec. 30, as part of the Sun Valley Artist Series.
    The trio, three beautiful young women with Emily Bruskin on violin, Julia Bruskin on cello and Andrea Lam on piano, is widely regarded as the premier piano trio of their generation, and they are sought after for their thrillingly virtuosic performances, aesthetic maturity and interpretive depth.  
    “They play with passion, precision and power,” wrote a critic in the Boston Globe. And in the The Cincinnati Enquirer: “Their exuberant performance and gutsy repertoire … is the kind of fresh approach that keeps chamber music alive.”
    Emily Bruskin has performed as soloist with the Virginia, Pacific and San Francisco ballets and the Utah and Nashville symphonies, and has given recitals across the country and around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the American Academy in Rome, the Kennedy Center and Boston’s Jordan Hall. She has appeared at the Saratoga, Mostly Mozart, Caramoor and Ravinia festivals and has given master classes at Columbia University, the Eastman School of Music and Duke University.
    Julia Bruskin has established herself as one of the premier cellists of her generation. Since her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 17, she has performed Samuel Barber’s “Cello Concerto” with conductor Jahja Ling at Avery Fisher Hall and has also been soloist with the Nashville Symphony, Utah Symphony, Virginia Symphony and Pacific Symphony, among others. Her recent CD of music by Beethoven, Brahms and Dohnanyi was praised by Fanfare Magazine for its “exquisite beauty of sound and expression.”
    Lam has given more than 70 performances with orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan and Hong Kong. She has worked with renowned conductors, including Alan Gilbert, Edo de Waart, Michael Christie and Marcus Stenz.  Lam was a semifinalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition. In 2009, she was silver medalist at the San Antonio Piano Competition, where she won additional prizes for the Best Classical performance and Best Russian performance.
    The trio’s concert will be held on at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum. The 7 p.m. performance will be preceded by an informal Meet the Artists pre-concert talk given in the concert hall.  The pre-concert talk will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will be hosted by Artist Series Artistic Director Susan Dunning.  
    Individual tickets are $24 and student tickets are $10 at the door. Tickets are available at local Ketchum bookstores or online at
    The series is an Idaho nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion and encouragement of the art of classical music. Its mission is to enhance the cultural life of the community by presenting a series of quality music concerts each year, bringing international performing artists to the valley to play in an intimate setting. These concerts encourage classical music appreciation for both children and adults, providing an opportunity for audiences to interact with musicians.


Sun Valley Artist Series
Next up: Ben Hong, cello, with Peter Henderson, piano. Saturday, Feb. 2.
- Pearl Django. Thursday, Feb. 21.
- Rieko Aizawa, piano. Tuesday, April 9.

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