The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
About the ArtistFor four decades of success the world over, including many award-winning recordings and newly commissioned works, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with its performances. Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter's inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature. As one of the only long-lived ensembles with all of its original members, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio balances the careers of three internationally-acclaimed soloists while making annual appearances at many of the world's major concert halls, commissioning spectacular new works, and maintaining an active recording agenda.
To ring in their 40th season, the Trio continues their legacy of introducing new works with a celebratory commission, “Pas de Trois” by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The world premiere took place in Cincinnati in September 2016 and local premiere performances continue throughout 2017. The Trio then toured the United Kingdom including a return to the Wigmore Hall/BBC lunchtime series. In addition to mini-residencies and recitals in prestigious series throughout the United States, they will bring their unique blend to Beethoven’s exuberant Triple Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton Maestro Edo de Waart in his final season as Music Director and to the Westchester Philharmonic with Jaime Laredo as conductor. They also celebrated the great chamber works of Brahms in Detroit with principals from the Cleveland Orchestra as their special guests.
Last season’s highlights included the European debut of André Previn's acclaimed Piano Trio No. 2, commissioned by the Music Accord consortium of presenters, and a three-concert cycle of all the Beethoven trios for the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami.
Recent acclaimed recordings include "Passionate Diversions," works written for them by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich including her Quintet, Septet, and Trio on the AZICA label (2014) and a double CD set of Schubert on the BRIDGE label. The Trio’s previous recording projects on KOCH include a 4-disc Brahms cycle of the complete trios, Arensky and Tchaikovsky trios and a beloved two-volume set of the complete Beethoven trios. In addition, KOCH re-released many of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio’s hallmark recordings, including works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Danielpour and Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as "Legacies," filled with trios written especially for the group by Pärt, Zwilich, Kirchner and Silverman.
Musical America named the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio the Ensemble of the Year for 2002. The 2003/04 season was their first as Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Kennedy Center, an honor which has continued to thrill the trio throughout subsequent seasons. They were awarded the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award by the Foundation for Recorded Music in 2002 and 2011.
Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson serve on the esteemed instrumental and chamber music faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where they began teaching in 2012. Both Mr. Laredo and Ms. Robinson were professors at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for seven years prior. Joseph Kalichstein continues as a long-revered teacher at the Juilliard School of Music. In the words of American Record Guide, "It's a rare luxury to hear music-making of such integrity and joy, and an equally rare privilege to be party to such an intimate musical conversation."
Bella Hristova, violinist
Winner of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Hristova is the recipient of First Prizes in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and was Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She has had numerous noteworthy solo appearances with orchestras including a performance alongside Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, and as soloist with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. A sought-after chamber musician, she has been a featured performer at Australia’s Musica Viva, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Marlboro Music. Her most recent projects include her much-admired recording Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records) and a commission of Second String Force by iconic American composer Joan Tower.
Hristova attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian and Steven Tenenbom, and received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University. Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, violist
Ms. Pajaro-van de Stadt is the founding violist of the Dover Quartet, recipient of the Cleveland Quartet award and First Prize winner and sweeper of every special award at the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2013 and winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Her numerous awards also include First Prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and top prizes at the Tokyo International Viola Competition and the Sphinx Competition.
Ms. Pajaro-van de Stadt graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Roberto Diaz, Michael Tree, Misha Amory, and Joseph de Pasquale. She then received her Master's Degree in String Quartet with the Dover Quartet at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as a student of James Dunham. She and the Dover Quartet currently serve on the faculty of Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.