Kahane/Swensen/Brey Trio

Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm


Schumann: Piano Trio in D minor
Mozart: Piano Trio No. 2 in G major, K. 496
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
Paul Schoenfield: Café Music

The Kahane-Swensen-Brey Trio last performed together in the 1980s electrifying audiences at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds and producing two recorded programs for national broadcast. Its members have enjoyed successful careers as soloists and chamber musicians in addition to holding leadership posts in major orchestras.

Equally at home at the keyboard and on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has been recognized for his mastery of a wide range of repertoire. Since making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983 he has given recitals in many of the nation’s most important music centers, appeared as concerto soloist with leading orchestras and summer festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe and collaborated with such artists and ensembles as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Emerson and Takács Quartets. Mr. Kahane made his conducting debut with the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988 and has since appeared on the podiums of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields among others. For the past fifteen seasons he has served as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Before launching his conducting career in the mid-1990s Joseph Swensen enjoyed a career as a violin soloist appearing frequently with the world’s major orchestras. He is currently conductor-emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and founder/artistic director of Unity Hills Arts Centers International, a non-profit organization committed to bringing the arts of all cultures to under-served communities worldwide. He has held conducting posts with such orchestras as the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has guest-conducted widely in Europe, the U.S., Japan, and Australia. He has made numerous recordings as a soloist, performing concertos of Brahms, Prokofieff, Beethoven and Sibelius. He is also a composer with a large catalogue of works, and his orchestration of Brahms’s Op.8 Trio along with his those of works by Robert and Clara Schumann has recently been released on Signum Classics.

Carter Brey first gained international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. He was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America’s Performing Arts Prize and was appointed principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. As an orchestral soloist he has frequently appeared with the Philharmonic and as a guest with many other orchestras. Equally distinguished as a chamber musician, he has performed regularly with the Tokyo and Emerson Quartets, the Philharmonic Ensembles Program, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, the Santa Fe and La Jolla Chamber Music Festivals, among others. He has presented duo recitals with pianist Christopher O’Riley, and their disc of compositions from South America and Mexico entitled The Latin American Album has been released by Helicon Records. A CD of the complete works of Chopin for cello and piano, recorded in collaboration with Garrick Ohlsson, was released by Arabesque in 2002.