Mendelssohn Piano Trio
International Women’s Day Celebration
Anton Arensky • Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32
Amy Beach • Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150
Edvard Greig • Andante con moto in C minor
Rebecca Clarke • Piano Trio
Since its founding in 1997, the Mendelssohn Piano Trio has performed over 500 concerts in the US, Europe and Asia. The ensemble has also recorded 15 CDs including, most recently, a cycle of the complete Haydn Piano Trios, released on Centaur Records. The trio’s extensive repertoire of more than 100 pieces embraces music from all periods.
Pianist Ya-Ting Chang is from Taiwan; violinist Peter Sirotin is from Ukraine; and cellist Fiona Thompson is from England. The Washington Post described their Brahms as “unfathomably beautiful” and “electrifying,” while praising their “technically immaculate” and “rich in psychological insight” Tchaikovsky. American Record Guide hailed the Mendelssohn Piano Trio’s recording of Smetana and Suk piano trios as “brilliant,” and Fanfare magazine lauded their recording of complete Haydn Piano Trios as “bracing as a breath of crisp winter air, enlivening and rejuvenating in a way that earlier performances were not.” European reviewers noted “freshness and energy” in “unusually emotional” interpretations of Haydn piano trios, while Audiophilia magazine praised these recordings as “warm, sonorous and lively.” The Mendelssohn Piano Trio performances and recordings can be frequently heard on classical radio stations including NPR’s Performance Today, as well as WETA’s Front Row Washington.