Ovidiu Marinescu, cello
Alexandr Kislitsyn, violin
Anna Kislitsyna, piano

Since making a highly acclaimed debut at the 1996 edition of the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Trio Casals has delighted audiences with spectacular virtuosity, engaging enthusiasm, and exquisite musical elegance. During the 2020-21 season, Trio Casals recorded their sixth and seventh albums for Parma Recordings with new violinist Alexandr Kislitsyn, who continues the great tradition established by Sylvia Ahramjian. MOTO ETERNO was released to critical acclaim in the spring of 2021 and will be premiered in concert in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. The Trio’s A GRAND JOURNEY was released September 2021 on Navona Records.

Trio Casals performs regularly in Weill Hall (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020), has concertized in the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Holywell Room in Oxford, England, at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and has toured China and Romania. Recent guest appearances include concerts for the Syracuse New Music Society (NY), Union College IN Schenectady (NY), Lewes Chamber Players (DE), and Kendal Concerts (PA). Other notable previous engagements include a week-long collaboration with the Nashville Ballet and composer Michael Kurek, appearances in the Triple Concerto by Beethoven with the Helena and Southeastern PA Symphonies, and concerts in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware.

Trio Casals has created original programs that juxtapose the great classical tradition of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky with new works written by American composers, such as Paul Schoenfield, Michael Kurek, George Rochberg, Hilary Tann, and over 30 other contemporary composers, of whom many have written for Trio Casals: Diane Jones, L Peter Deutsch, Joanna Estelle, Clive Muncaster, David Nisbet Stewart, Nicolas Ascioti, Brian Noyes, and Joanne D. Carey, to name a few. The trio often plays the works of Astor Piazzolla, who brought the Argentine tango from the dance halls onto the concert stage. In addition to its performing schedule, Trio Casals is committed to music education, offering regular master classes at schools and colleges. Its members have played in shelters for victims of domestic abuse, nursing homes, and hospitals, and all three have a distinguished career as soloists.

Albums

A Grand Journey

Release Date: September 10, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6367
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Piano
Piano Trio
Inspired by traditional melodies and cultural flavors, A GRAND JOURNEY gives us contemporary chamber works by Richard E Brown, Ovidiu Marinescu, and Mark G. Simon. Performed by internationally acclaimed Trio Casals, these distinct works immerse listeners in varying motifs drawn from diverse cultures, simulating a journey of melodic Korean folk patterns, Greek mythological icons, Irish fiddling, tango, and sensations garnered from the Black Sea and English countryside.
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Moto Eterno

Release Date: March 26, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6341
21st Century
Chamber
Piano Trio
Ten international composers showcase their respective styles on MOTO ETERNO, the latest installment of NAVONA's successful MOTO chamber music series. Like the previous MOTO releases, MOTO ETERNO is the result of a wide-ranging Call For Scores and a scrupulous selection process. Acclaimed piano trio Trio Casals (Ovidiu Marinescu, cello; Alexandr Kislitsyn, violin; Anna Kislitsyna, piano), masterfully perform their favorite picks.
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Moto Celeste

Release Date: January 24, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6266
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Cello
Piano Trio
In MOTO CELESTE, the fifth installment in Navona Records’ MOTO series, the internationally-acclaimed Trio Casals takes on eight new works by eight preeminent composers. It is an electrifying collection, full of drama and adventure. The compositions borrow from an eclectic array of musical traditions, including rhumba and flamenco music. MOTO CELESTE is forged into a cohesive work by the trio’s sensitive and highly-organic performances.
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Moto Quarto

Release Date: July 12, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6237
21st Century
Chamber
String Quartet
Acclaimed international piano trio Trio Casals makes a triumphant return with the fourth installment of Navona Records' MOTO series, zestfully interpreting nine new American compositions – virtually all of them either tailor-made or arranged for the ensemble. The opening track, Three for Three by David Nisbet Stewart, could almost be considered a neoclassical piano trio – if you're thinking along the lines of Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges. Like his Russian predecessor, Stewart chose to endow his composition with a perspicacious structure, along which the motives and modulations climb like vines on a trellis.
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Moto Bello

Release Date: May 11, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6156
21st Century
Chamber
Piano Trio
Navona Records and the acclaimed ensemble Trio Casals proudly present MOTO BELLO, the next chapter in the moving series that brought 2015’s MOTO CONTINUO and MOTO PERPETUO in 2013. Living up to its name, MOTO BELLO, or “beautiful motion,” is a collection celebrating the synergy of Trio Casals and the vibrant works of ten contemporary composers including Diane Jones, Beth Mehocic, David N. Stewart, Sidney Bailin, L Peter Deutsch, Giovanni Piacentini, Adrienne Albert, Clive Muncaster, Joanne D. Carey, and Bruce Babcock.
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Moto Continuo

Release Date: July 10, 2015
Catalog Number: NV6003
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Cello
Piano Trio
Praised for his "bold and expressive" playing (Gramophone Magazine), cellist Ovidiu Marinescu and Navona Records present MOTO CONTINUO, a collection of six contemporary solo cello and piano trio works - from the intense, dark, and expressive to the calm, light, and austere - performed by Marinescu and his colleagues from Trio Casals, violinist Sylvia Ahramjian and pianist Anna Kislitsyna.
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