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Trio Solisti



Three sensational musicians, Maria Bachmann, Alexis Pia Gerlach, and Jon Klibonoff, join together as Trio Solisti to create performances that have thrilled audiences across America. The New York Times hails Trio Solisti as "consistently brilliant" and "compelling" and the Washington Post describes them as "sophisticated and decisive".

Trio Solisti's two debut recordings, both released in 2005, are an all Brahms CD for Marquis Classics, and a CD of music by Paul Moravec for the Arabesque label which includes World Premiere recordings of Moravec's 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning work composed for Trio Solisti, "Tempest Fantasy" with guest clarinetist David Krakauer, and "Mood Swings" for piano trio. The San Francisco Chronicle called the Moravec recording "an exciting revelation... The nimble performances bring out Moravec's combination of tenderness and sprightly wit."

Highlights of 2004-05 included Trio Solisti's debuts at The Kennedy Center for the Washington Performing Arts Society, at Lincoln Center on the Great Performers Series, at New York's legendary Town Hall for the People's Symphony Concerts, and at The Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy. The Trio is frequently heard on the radio, on the nationally broadcast "St. Paul Sunday" and "Performance Today", in live performances from around the US including of Paul Moravec's "Tempest Fantasy". Among the highlights of the Trio's 2005-06 season are performances at The Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, San Francisco's Music at Kohl Mansion, and California's prestigious Ventura Festival.

Individually, the members of Trio Solisti have performed at most major American venues and in over 20 countries around the world. Trio Solisti presents concert series at New York's Morgan Library, The St. Louis Museum of Art, and Adelphi University where they are trio-in-residence. The founding ensemble of Telluride MusicFest Chamber Music Festival in Colorado, Trio Solisti has performed at Seattle's Meany Hall, La Jolla's Revelle series, Milwaukee Symphony's Pabst Series, Troy Chromatic Concerts and at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall as presented by The American Academy in Rome.

In 2003 a documentary by Academy Award nominee Josh Aronson, "Trio Solisti Explores Beethoven", was released by Films for Humanities and Sciences ( The video tracks the Trio's interpretive decision-making process in rehearsals, and performances of Beethoven's "Ghost" and "Archduke" trios. Now available on DVD, excerpts from the video stream on the Trio's Web site,

While Trio Solisti performs all the traditional masterworks for piano trio, the group also seeks out new music by such composers as Paul Schoenfield, John Musto, John Anthony Lennon, Martin Kutnowski, among others, and they make their own arrangements of existing repertoire. The arrangements, made by Maria Bachmann and Jon Klibonoff, allow the group to include such favorites as Gershwin songs, Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango", Milhaud's "Saudades do Brazil", Brahms' "Hungarian Dances", "Czardas" by Monti and Hubay, and da Falla's "Suite Populaire Espagnole" and "Ritual Fire Dance" in their programs which are often conceived thematically.