Rotary Club of Geneseo, Illinois

New York Empire Trio Visits Geneseo Rotary

 
The New York Empire Trio was founded by three experienced chamber musicians and soloists. The trio members have performed in major cities in the United States and abroad. Their repertoire ranges from the early classics to the music of today performing works from the standard chamber music literature and little known masterworks with great success. 
 
After making their highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut the trio was chosen to be Featured Artists of the Month at the Obama for Arts and Entertainment Organization. Music critic Dennis Rooney writes in The STRAD Magazine: “Unlike the rather generic treatment that this work (Dvorák – Dumky Trio) often receives, this performance underscored the disjunctive elements of dumka’s unique form, highlighting the individual character of each succeeding section.” The trio’s performances are also well-regarded at the New York Concert Review where Dr. Rorianne Schrade writes: “... the musicians exuded intensity, with bracing tempo and spirit. The performance was again impassioned and unified, with each instrument shining individually. … It was performed with gusto. … played with vigor … finished the concert on a high”.

Prior to their formation, the members of the trio were active soloists and chamber musicians performing in major music centers such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center - New York, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Phillips Collection and John F. Kennedy Center - Washington DC, Rudolfinum - Dvorak Hall - Prague, Bulgaria Hall – Sofia, etc. They have performed in numerous festivals and concert series in the United States and Europe and have premiered countless new works.

The New York Empire Trio is recognized for their innovative educational programs. They have given chamber music master classes at universities other schools around the country on regular basis. They have led residencies at Western Reserve Academy in Ohio and Brooklyn College in New York. Over the years they have developed a specialization on Eastern European composers in addition to the standard classical repertoire. They have worked closely with Bulgarian composer Roumi Petrova who composed Fanfare for Obama, which they performed at Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall in honor of the newly elected President Barack Obama. Their unique repertoire allows them much variety in presenting music to many different types of audiences.