Boreal Trio

clarinet, viola, piano

March 10, 2019, 4 pm

Music Room

Lauded as “versatile, intelligent, and deeply musical” by The Washington Post, the Boreal Trio is composed of clarinetist Uriel Vanchestein, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez, and pianist Carlos Avila. The Trio consists of  prizewinners from the Geneva International Competition, International Johannes Brahms Competition, and Gina Bachauer Competition, and will make their Phillips debut with Mozart’s Kegelstatt, Max Christian Friedrich Bruch’s Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, and Jean Françaix’s Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, among others. 

Program:

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-91)
Kegelstatt Trio in E Major, K. 498

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-56)
Märchenerzählungen (Fairytales) for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 132

INTERMISSION

MAX CHRISTIAN FRIEDRICH BRUCH (1838-1920)
Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83

JEAN FRANÇAIX (1912-97)
Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano

The Boreal Trio comprises three award-winning musicians who are passionately dedicated to the art of chamber music. Clarinetist Uriel Vanchestein, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez, and pianist Carlos Avila—prizewinners in the Geneva International Competition, International Johannes Brahms Competition, and Gina Bachauer Competition, respectively—unite through this unusual and compelling combination of instruments to bring performances of the highest caliber to audiences. The trio has been lauded by critics as “versatile, intelligent, and deeply musical” (The Washington Post) and as “tender, lyrical, loaded with personality” (Atlanta Constitution). It strives to further the repertoire for clarinet, viola, and piano with new music and arrangements of existing works. This includes original compositions by Mr. Vanchestein including his Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, and Moment Musical, which was written for the trio’s 2014-15 season. 

As soloists they have performed with such orchestras as the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra, I Musici of Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Rochester Philharmonic, and California Symphony; the Tanglewood, Aspen, Sarasota, Banff, Schleswig-Holstein, Montreal Jazz, Brevard, and Pablo Casals festivals; and the Guarneri, Juilliard, Tokyo, Ying, St. Lawrence, and Borodin string quartets. Mr. Hernandez was founding violist of the Harlem Quartet, and is currently violist in the Fine Arts String Quartet as well as in the viola-guitar-flute ensemble Trio Virado.

The Boreal Trio has a strong commitment to educating and engaging new audiences around the globe. Its musicians have reached communities through art convoys in South Africa and Venezuela, music festivals in South America and Asia, and outreach projects in Europe and North America. Mr. Vanchestein--whose talents as a composer have led to commissions from such organizations as the New York Classical Players, New York Woodwind Quintet, and Canada's Orford Arts Centre--has given clarinet masterclasses at China’s Central Conservatory of Music and Xian International Clarinet Festival. Mr. Hernandez founded the Musical Heights Foundation, dedicated to supporting talented young artists in the U.S. and in developing nations. Mr. Avila, a member of the Collaborative Piano Faculty of the Heifetz Institute in Virginia, is also active in South Korea’s “New York in Chuncheon” chamber-music initiative and in the Doublestop Foundation, a nonprofit founded by New York Philharmonic Assistant Concertmaster Michelle Kim that provides young musicians with no-cost instrument loans.

Vanchestein holds bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied clarinet with Charles Neidich and conducting with Derrick Inouye. Hernandez received a bachelor's degree in viola from the Colburn Conservatory and a graduate diploma in string quartet performance from New England Conservatory. Avila is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianist Jerome Lowenthal.

The Boreal Trio is managed by Sciolino Artist Management www.samnyc.us.