Kevin Kwan Loucks
"Iryna Krechkovsky would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank for the generous loan of the 1689 "Baumgartner" Antonio Stradivari violin used on this recording."
The nucleus of the program on Trio Céleste’s self-titled debut release on Navona Records is a collection of variations on the well-known and stately opening theme of the second movement from Beethoven’s Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2. Consisting of Iryna Krechkovsky, violin; Ross Gasworth, cello; and Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano; the Trio has been praised as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register) and “exuberant and technically dazzling” (Long Beach Gazette) and “one of the best young chamber groups around today” (Philip Setzer, Emerson String Quartet).
The title for Constellations was inspired by the cosmic nature of the project itself; like many unique sets of variations, constellations are beautiful, varied patterns that share both explicit and implicit commonalities. The album presents works from ten renowned composers that bridges the gap between old and modern, revitalizing one of Beethoven’s most stunning and memorable themes. The diverse collection represents an extraordinary range of interpretations resulting in one of the most unique contributions to the piano trio repertoire in the last decade.
Trio Céleste is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine
Trio Céleste currently leads the performance, educational, and marketing divisions of the classical music organization Chamber Music | OC, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the art of chamber music through performance, education, and community outreach
Trio Céleste directs UC Irvine’s Summer Chamber Music Festival and regularly presents masterclasses, educational forums, and outreach events worldwide.
Trio Céleste are winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles
In 2013, the ensemble along with violist Michelle Gasworth, were selected from over five hundred applicants to be Artists-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon National Park where the group concertized and presented master classes throughout the South Rim
Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register) “exuberant and technically dazzling” (Long Beach Gazette) and “one of the best young chamber groups around today” (Philip Setzer, Emerson String Quartet), Trio Céleste has quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles in the country. Winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles, Trio Céleste is currently Ensemble-
in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, and in 2012, formed Chamber Music | OC – a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art of chamber music through performance, education, and community outreach. For more information, please visit www.trioceleste.com.
Release Date: March 11, 2016
Catalog #: NV6030
Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 -1827)
1 I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
2 II. Largo con espressione
3 III. Scherzo. Allegro
4 IV. Finale. Presto
Constellations: Variations on a Theme by Beethoven
5 Variation I “Paraphrase” Eugene Drucker (b.1952)
6 Variation II “Musiqawi Largo” Mike Block (b.1982)
7 Variation III “Ethereal” Eric Guinivan (b.1984)
8 Variation IV “How Far a Lar Go” Peter Erskine (b.1954)
9 Variation V “Variation For Solo Violin” Paul Dooley (b.1983)
10 Variation VI “Moonrise” Fred Hersch (b.1955)
11 Variation VII “Scherzo Variation” Samuel Adler (b.1928)
12 Variation VIII “Wistfully Mischievous” Jim Scully (b.1972)
13 Variation IX “If Beethoven Danced Merengue” Cristina Spinei (b.1984)
14 Variation X “Still Variation” Pierre Jalbert (b.1967)
Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky” Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
15 I. Lento maestoso - Allegro quasi doppio movimento
16 II. Poco Adagio - Vivace non troppo
17 III. Andante - Vivace non troppo
18 IV. Andante moderato (quasi tempo di Marcia) - Allegretto scherzando
19 V. Allegro
20 VI. Lento maestoso - Vivace, quasi doppio movimento
All tracks recorded on June 29 – July 2, 2015
at Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo CA
Producer Jesse Lewis
Recording Engineers Jesse Lewis and Kyle Pyke
Photography Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Production Engineer Nate Hunter
Art & Production Director Brett Picknell
Graphic Designer Emily Roulo
A&R Alex Bourne
Marketing Specialist Morgan MacLeod
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