Comprised of Arkady Fomin, violin, Jesús Castro-Balbi, cello, and David Korevaar, piano, the Clavier Trio serves as Ensemble-In-Residence at The University of Texas at Dallas. They are the nucleus to the Conservatory Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado, a program of national and international repute that has attracted talented young musicians from all over the world each summer since 1997. This year they delight us with two performances.
October 4, Jonsson Performance Hall, 8 p.m., $15
Featuring guest violist Guillermo Figueroa, the program contains music composed by Franz Joseph Haydn, Zoltan Kodály and Johannes Brahms.
April 11, Jonsson Performance Hall, 8 p.m., $15
Trio Night – Elegant and Romantic
The second concert gives us music composed by Arvo Pȁrt, Gabriel Faure and Antonin Dvořák.
ABOUT THE CLAVIER TRIO
Clavier Trio (violinist Arkady Fomin, cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi, and pianist David Korevaar) performs to critical acclaim in Latvia, Finland, at Bargemusic in New York, the Santa Fe Concert Series, in Dallas at the City Performance Hall, the Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and annually at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall since 2002. Clavier Trio is Ensemble-In-Residence at the University of Texas at Dallas, and on the faculty of the Conservatory Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado. Among numerous recordings, the Clavier Trio has released “Passion & Glory,” with trios by Smetana and Brahms and “Transfigured Night” featuring music by Rachmaninoff and Schönberg; and a compact disc of Chamber music by Robert Rodriguez on the Albany Records label. Its newest album “Vienna & Café Music” presents works by Haydn, Brahms and Schoenfield.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Violinist Arkady Fomin was born in Riga, Latvia, where he received his musical training at the Latvian State Conservatory with the legendary Latvian pedagogue, Voldemar Sturestep. A founder of the Clavier Trio, Mr. Fomin has collaborated in performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Borok, Shlomo Mintz, Atar Arad, Vadim Gluzman, Phillipe Quint, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Andrew Litton and late Wolfgang Laufer and Steven De Groote.
As violinist and conductor, Mr. Fomin performs in Russia, Latvia, Austria, Germany, Japan, Finland and throughout the United States. A member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Fomin served as Visiting Professor and Artist-in-Residence at the Colorado State University at Fort Collins. At present, he is on the faculty at The University of Texas at Dallas and is Artistic Director of the New Conservatory of Dallas and Conservatory Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado. Arkady Fomin is the recipient of the Cowlishaw Artist-in-Residence Award for artistic achievement at UTDallas and received a Special Recognition from the Mayor of the City of Dallas for promotion of music education and international relationship through concert performances and tours. Arkady Fomin was recently bestowed with the Crest of Recognition, a medal of honor from the Government of Latvia for artistic performances and contributions to the cultural exchange between United States and Latvian Republic.
Mr. Fomin performs on 1690 Giovanni Grancino violin.
Cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi has performed as soloist with the Leipzig MDR, Dallas, Fort Worth, Huntsville, Aarhus, Cannes, Aguascalientes and Xalapa symphony orchestras, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony in Lima. He is the winner of the Aldo Parisot Prize, the Salon de Virtuosi Award in New York, and of the First Prize at the First “Carlos Prieto” International Cello Competition.
A sought–after pedagogue, Mr. Castro-Balbi has presented master-classes and lectures at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Paris Conservatory, the Leipzig Hochschule, and the Yale School of Music. He is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur at Lyon, Indiana University at Bloomington, Yale, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School. He studied with Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker, as well as with members of the Amadeus, Juilliard, Ravel and Tokyo String Quartets.
Mr. Castro-Balbi is Associate Professor of Cello at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and serves as the founding artistic director of the TCU Faculty & Friends Chamber Music Series, and of the TCU Cellofest, a world-class celebration of the cello.
David Korevaar is Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder. In addition to his activities with Clavier Trio, he is a member of the Boulder Piano Quartet and during the summer is on the faculty of the Conservatory Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado. Korevaar performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and teaches and performs in Japan annually. His recordings include solo music by Bach, Dohnányi, Brahms, Ravel, Liebermann and others.
David Korevaar began piano studies at age six in San Diego with Sherman Storr, and at age 13 became a student of American virtuoso Earl Wild. By 20, he had earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, where he continued with Earl Wild and studied composition with David Diamond. For a number of years, he worked with the French pianist Paul Doguereau. He completed his doctorate at Juilliard under Abbey Simon and received the Richard French award for his dissertation on Ravel’s Miroirs.