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February 13, 2005

UMBC Presents the Damocles Trio in Concert

Damocles TrioThe UMBC Department of Music’s Faculty Recital Series presents the Damocles Trio in concert on Thursday, March 3 at 8 pm in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The Trio’s program will features performances of the Brahms Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87; Joaquín Turina’s Trio No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 76; and Ravel’s Trio in A Minor.

The Damocles Trio has performed throughout the United States, appearing numerous times at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and completed highly successful tours of Switzerland in 1999 and 2001. Commenting on a performance in Interlaken, the Oberländisches Tagblatt wrote, “The members of this international trio were perfectly attuned to each other and interpreted the magnificent work with great expressiveness” and a critic from the Zürichsee Zeitung enthused, “The three artists did justice to the great work of Beethoven with perfect harmony, courtly elegance...subtle coloration, and great virtuosity.”

The ensemble was founded in 1996 by pianist Adam Kent, violinist Airi Yoshioka, and cellist Sibylle Johner, all accomplished soloists in their own right. Mr. Kent won top prizes in the American Pianists Association Fellowship, Simone Belsky Music, Thomas Richner Foundation, Juilliard Concerto, and Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin competitions and is also a recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Prize and the Harold Bauer Award. Ms. Yoshioka was a winner of The Juilliard School’s concerto competition, concertmaster and soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi, concertmaster at the Aspen Music Festival, and concertmaster and soloist with The New Juilliard Ensemble. She is now on the faculty of UMBC. Ms. Johner was a winner of both the Drake and Zurich Conservatory soloist competitions and received the Dienemann, Ernst Göhner, and Eubie Blake Scholarship awards. The three musicians met in the doctoral program at The Juilliard School, where they were awarded a Maxwell and Muriel Gluck Fellowship for the 1998/99 academic year and coached with Felix Galimir, Jerome Lowenthal, and Stephen Clapp. The only piano trio to advance to the finals of the 2002 International Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Damocles Trio has been featured frequently on Robert Sherman’s Young Artists Showcase on WQXR radio.

Admission to the concert is $7 general, $3 for senior citizens, free for all students, and free with a UMBC ID. Tickets are available online through MissionTix at or by calling 410-752-8950. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door (cash or check only). Admission to the masterclass is free.

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Posted by dwinds1 at February 13, 2005 12:00 AM