HARTFORD, CT, September 16, 2013 – Trio Tremonti, a new collaboration by violinist Saul Bitrán, cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws, and pianist Sally Pinkas, will make its Connecticut debut in a concert presented by Trinity’s Department of Music in Hamlin Hall on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Featuring contemporary and classical works, the program includes Passing Puntos, composed by Dan Román, assistant professor of music at Trinity and an alumnus of the Hartt School of Music, and Princess Nicotine; or The Smoke Fairy, composed by Matthew Malsky, a professor of music at Clark University in Worcester, MA.
In Passing Puntos, Román mixes the natural reiterations, overlaying patterns, and offbeat accents of the Bomba and Plena, Afro-Caribbean genres found in his native Puerto Rico, with the style of contemporary post-minimalism.
Princess Nicotine is Malsky’s new soundtrack for a 1909 Vitagraph silent film in which a man dreams of an encounter with two fairies. The animation and trick photography used in the six-minute film to visualize the sleeping smoker’s unconscious state caused audiences to marvel. The film, now preserved by the National Film Registry, will be screened during the concert. Malsky draws upon an array of serious and popular music of 1909 for his score, which he will discuss in a Common Hour event earlier in the day at 12:15 p.m in Mather Hall.
Trio Tremonti will open its concert with Dvořák’s Trio No. 2 in G minor, Opus 26, and close with Beethoven’s Archduke Piano Trio in B-flat major, Opus 97.
Trio Tremonti has become a sought after ensemble in New England and beyond following its January 2012 debut performance on WGBH, Boston Public Radio. (For a music video, visit www.wgbh.org/articles/Drive-Time-Live-Trio-Tremonti-Plays-Dvoraks-Trio-No-2-in-G-minor-Op-26-Scherzo-6802
.) Last fall, the trio was appointed ensemble-in-residence at the Cambridge School of Weston. All three musicians have enjoyed international careers as soloists.
Bitrán was born in Mexico City to Chilean parents. He is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, Israel, where he studied with Yair Kless. In 1986 he joined the Cuarteto Latinoamericano as first violinist, recording extensively with the group (which earned a 2002 Grammy nomination and won a 2012 Latin Grammy) and touring worldwide.
Formerly in residence at Carnegie Mellon University, the Cuarteto currently heads the Latin American Academy for String Quartets, in Caracas, Venezuela, under the auspices of the Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles. Bitrán has played as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, and National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, among others. He also teaches master classes at the Boston Conservatory and Boston University.
Müller-Szeraws’ musical journey has taken him over three continents as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Since his early debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción he has performed frequently as a soloist with orchestras in Chile, Germany, and the United States.
Recent performances include solo engagements with the New England Philharmonic, Concord Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile. He is a guest artist at chamber music festivals such as the Cape & Islands, Rockport, Kingston, El Paso Pro-Musica, and Music at Gretna, and he is a member of the contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva. He is on the faculty of the Phillips Academy Andover and at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Following her London debut at Wigmore Hall, Israeli-born pianist Pinkas has been heard in recital throughout Europe and the U.S. She has toured Russia, China, and Nigeria as half of the Hirsch-Pinkas piano duo, and has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Jupiter Symphony, Aspen Philharmonia, and the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra.
Summer festival credits include Marlboro, Rockport, Masters de Pontlevoy (France), and Kfar Blum (Israel). Pinkas’ extensive discography features works by Schumann, Fauré, Debussy, Martin and Rochberg, released on the Naxos, CSR and Centaur labels. She is pianist-in-residence at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, where she is also a professor of music.
Román’s compositional style integrates elements of Caribbean folkloric music with the mechanics of minimalism and the aesthetics of postmodern art. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1974, he completed a B.A. in classical guitar performance at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, and obtained a master’s degree and Ph.D. in composition from the Hartt School.
The Alturas Duo, New World Trio, The Irrelevants, and Goldspiel/Provost classical guitar duo have commissioned works from him. At Trinity, Román teaches composition, music technology, and music theory.
Malsky’s compositions are characterized by rhythmic vitality, dramatically crafted gestures, melodic angularity, and irony. He has received commissions from the Penderecki String Quartet, Arcadian Winds, and Mistral, among others. His compositions for acoustic instruments with live computer processing have attracted outstanding soloists, including clarinetist John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony), clarinetist Esther Lamneck (currently teaching at New York University), cellist Frank Cox (c-squared), and flutist Patti Monson (Sequitur). Malsky directs Clark University’s Computer Music Studio/Multimedia Lab. For more information, visit: www.trincoll.edu or call (860) 297-2199.