Washington Post review: "A trio brings big emotion to the chamber repertory"

The Washington Post gives a glowing review to the Trio's performance at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

...an uncommon degree of heart-on-the-sleeve emotional frankness...the ensemble’s unanimity of approach — vivid engagement carried by soaring, ripely Romantic playing — proved quite splendid. Its performance possessed a passionate single-mindedness that wound up serving all of the score’s varied moods, right through to a finale of exhilarating panache. It’s not often that a chamber performance makes a listener long to hear all the ensemble members in the big-concerto repertoire, but this one certainly did.
— Joe Banno for The Washington Post

New CD Release!

Announcing the release of our debut CD "After A Dream" on CAG Records, Victor Elmaleh Collection!

A year in the making, our first record features works by Turina, Haydn, Schubert, Ravel, and Zorman in an exploration of fantasy, imagination, and color through a nocturnal lens.

A CD Release Concert will take place on September 15 at SubCulture, New York's premier venue for cutting-edge performance.

Recorded at Oktaven Studio in June 2013. Ryan Streber, recording engineer.

2014 Tour Receives Stellar Reviews

We are pleased to share a number of excellent reviews from the Trio's winter and spring concerts.

The New York Times, reviewing the Trio's Carnegie Weill Hall debut, calls the Trio "excellent...playing with passion and building tension" and praises the "finely hued collaboration among the three musicians."

The Strad, reviewing the Trio's earlier Merkin Hall debut praises the "...incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and wide palette of colours. Performed with sensitivity, panache and emotional depth, it perfectly displayed the Lysander Trio's enormous potential."

The Lincoln Journal Star feels that "Mendelssohn would have loved the way the Lysander Piano Trio played [his D-minor Piano Trio]'

Read further reviews of our Carnegie Weill Hall recital debut from ConcertoNet and LucidCulture.

Carnegie Weill Hall Recital Debut and Premiere by Jakub Ciupinski

As winners of the 2012 Victor Elmaleh Competition, Concert Artists Guild will present us on their Concerts in New York series at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall on April 3, 2014 at 7:30pm!

Our exciting program features the World Premiere of Black Mirror, a CAG commission written for us by Jakub Ciupinski, a young Polish composer based in NYC. Other works include John Musto's Piano Trio (1998), one of the most highly praised contemporary works for our medium, and single-movement works by Schubert and Shostakovich. The evening concludes with the glorious C Major Piano Trio, Op. 87 by Johannes Brahms.

Kaufman Center Recital Debut and a World Premiere

On January 14, 2014, the Trio will present its Kaufman Music Center recital debut as part of the Tuesday Matinees series at Merkin Recital Hall.  A highlight of the colorful program: the world premiere of Four Movements from The Midsummer Night's Dream written especially for us by four brilliant students from the Kaufman Music Center's ComposerCraft program for middle schoolers: Mai Brown, Sofia Belimova, Kyrie McIntosh, and Paris Lavidis, under the guidance of their teacher, Robinson McClellan. Take a look at photos from our fun visit with ComposerCraft prior to the concert!

Update: many thanks to our fans for the wonderful turnout - the performance was sold out! And delighted about the review in The Strad magazine

An Exciting Collaboration Between Words and Music

On January 16, 2012 at the Oracle Club in NYC, the Trio presented an exciting collaboration with author Susannah Cahalan eading from her stunning new memoir "Brain on Fire" praised by Booklist as one of 2012's Top 10 Science and Health book picks. Between readings, the Trio performed Shostakovich's intense Piano Trio No. 2, op. 67.

FROM THE BOOK DESCRIPTION: "One day in 2009, twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak....In this swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her inexplicable descent into madness and the brilliant, lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen."

Performing at the 2012 ASCAP Concert Music Awards

Congratulations to composer William David Cooper for winning the ASCAP Leo Kaplan Award for his 2010 piano trio "An den Wassern zu Babel"!

We are excited to perform selections from the winning work (which was premiered by our pianist Liza Stepanova with members of the JACK Quartet) at the Annual Concert Music Awards Ceremony at Merkin Recital Hall at the Kaufman Center, NYC on May 24, 2012!