On April 12 at 2:00 p.m., Le Petit Salon de Musique welcomes to its stage the Trio Céleste, one of the nation’s most exciting young chamber ensembles. Trio Céleste includes award-winning violinist Iryna Krechkovsky and her 1689 Baumgartner Stradivarius violin, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Music Instrument Bank, as well as accomplished cellist Ross Gasworth and Kevin Kwan Loucks, a pianist who has been hailed as a shining talent.
Iryna Krechkovsky has built an international career as a solo, chamber and orchestral performer of exceptional talent. Celebrated for her tone, emotionality and precision, she has been featured on National Public Radio and PBS. Cellist Ross Gasworth has performed and taught throughout the United States, and was recently selected from thousands of international auditions to perform as principal cellist of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Kevin Kwan Loucks’s piano performance has been called “impeccable” and he has been hailed all over the world as a pianist of “exhilarating polish, unity and engagement.”
The trio will perform works of Beethoven, Martin, Ravel, and Piazzolla/Bragato. Philip Setzer, violinist for the Emerson String Quartet, says of the group, “Trio Céleste is one of the best young chamber groups around today. Violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, cellist Ross Gasworth, and pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks combine to form an exciting, dynamic and intelligent ensemble. They are each strong instrumentalists in their own right and they have what only the best groups have: an understanding of each other’s emotions, the ability to play with both power and subtlety, and what can best be described as a spark. This group has that almost magical spark.”
To hear examples of their music, click here.
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