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A concert of works for Piano Trio

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Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016   2:30 p.m.

Pianist Michael Brown, violinist Elena Urioste, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis have established themselves as three of the most sought-after young virtuosos on the music scene today. Winners, individually, of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, BBC New Generation Artist Scheme, Sphinx and Concert Artists Guild competitions, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center auditions, they have performed in prestigious venues across the US and Europe, including Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, and London's Wigmore and Royal Festival Halls.

Regular guests at the world's most prominent music festivals, they have performed at Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Santa Fe, Verbier, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, and Aspen, among many others. In 2014-15 the trio performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Heartland Festival Orchestra and toured the Midwest with stops at the Ravinia Festival, WFMT Studios in Chicago, Eureka College, and Illinois State University. Uniting three duos, the trio captivates both audiences and presenters through its superb musicianship and engaging performances.

Urioste and Canellakis have each worked with Brown individually as well, and both duos are due to release albums within the next year. Urioste and Brown recently gave a resonating performance at London's Wigmore Hall, described by Classical Source as “focused and musically intelligent,” delivering, in turns, “attractive, lyrical tones … stormy textures … [and] lovingly delivered phrases.” Together Canellakis and Brown are not only “a pair of adventurous young talents” (TimeOut New York) onstage, performing their original works alongside standard repertoire to equal acclaim, but they also produce and star in the satirical YouTube series Conversations with Nick Canellakis, in which they have interviewed such classical stars as the Emerson String Quartet, conductor Osmo Vänskä, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianists Jonathan Biss and Leon Fleisher.

One of the planned highlights of this concert will be the world premiere of a new piano trio (yet unnamed) composed by Michael Brown and privately commissioned by Nicholas and Susan Yasillo in honor of the Chicago-based charity, Sharing Notes, a not for profit corporation that creates meaningful partnerships with organizations and individuals who believe in the power of music as a healing art form by placing young classically trained musicians in free performances in many of the area hospitals.

The Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio

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