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Zodiac Trio Receives Encore Grant from American Composers Forum

December 26, 2009 | By New Arts Guild
Press Representative
The Paris-based Zodiac Trio (violin, clarinet, piano) has received the Encore Grant from the American Composers Forum to foster collaboration with composer Andrew List, on faculty at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, to perform his work “Noa Noa, A Gauguin Tableau.” This grant will allow the ensemble to work closely with Mr. List on his visually-inspired work, and will provide financial support for performances of the piece scheduled for 2010 in San Francisco, New York, Boston and Paris.

The planned performances in the U.S. are as follows:

February 7th– Old First Concert (San Francisco, CA)

February 24th – Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)

February 28th – Merkin Concert Hall (New York, NY)

Protégé of the famed Ysaye Quartet at the Paris Superior Conservatory, the Zodiac Trio is comprised of Russian clarinetist Kliment Krylovskiy, French violinist Vanessa Mollard and Japanese pianist Riko Higuma, and was formed at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. The Zodiac Trio’s dedication to contemporary music and its unique instrumentation has been acknowledged by the international MUSO magazine in a full feature about the young ensemble, and has been noted by the by the French La Tribune for their “…musicality of rare intensity,” as well as being declared “Excellent, talented and committed” by Edith Eisler of the New York Concert Review. Winners of multiple international competitions, the young ensemble regularly presents performances in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.

The work selected for the grant -“Noa Noa, A Gauguin Tableau” - was inspired by painter Paul Gauguin’s monumental work “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?” which is part of the collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. “The painting is a large mural read from right to left, and asks these three fundamental questions of human existence,” writes composer Andrew List. “The first movement is bold and aggressive representing the animal side of human nature, the scherzo-like quality of the second movement with shifting meters and textures is more cerebral and artistic in nature and the final movement is an emotional and spiritual response to the meaning of life.”


The Zodiac Trio

Featured in the London-based international MUSO magazine as one of the leading chamber groups of its generation, the Zodiac Trio has been praised by critics for their "truly exceptional talent" (Nice-Matin, France) and "musicality of rare intensity" (La Tribune de Lyon, France), as well as being declared "excellent, talented and committed" by the New York Concert Review.

The young ensemble has been welcomed on many leading stages throughout the US, Europe and Japan. Representing the three different nations of Japan, Russia and France , the Zodiac Trio met in New York in 2005. Since its formation, The Zodiac Trio has been awarded prizes at a number of national and international competitions such as the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, FNAPEC Ensemble Competition (Paris), International Chamber Music Competition of Duchi D'Aqcuaviva (Italy), Val Tidone International Music Competition (Italy), the Cziffra Foundation (France), Joyce Dutka Foundation for the Arts (New York), International Peninsula Young Artist Festival in California and the ProMusica Ensemble Competition (France), among others. The young ensemble has also received a Recording Grant and Commission Grant from Co-Op press, and are laureates of the 6th International Osaka Chamber Music Competition in Japan.

Individually and collectively, they have performed throughout the United States, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, China and Japan. As soloists, members of the Zodiac Trio have appeared with the Gent Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Symphony, Marseille Symphony Orchestra, Cannes Philharmonic Orchestra, Couer d'Alene Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, and others, collaborating with such legendary musicians as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, Paquito D ’ Rivera, Kurt Mazur, and many others. Performing in many of the leading halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, Bellas Artes de Mexico, Boston Symphony Hall and the Acropolis in Nice, France, they have appeared multiple times on WQXR's Young Artist Showcase, including live broadcasts on National Public Radio. France's Council General of the Alpes-Maritimes region spnsored the trio's recent tour of the South of France, prompting the Nice-Matin to write: " The superior level of the performance foreshadowed their great succes in the future."

Highlights of past seasons include performances at the Acropolis in Nice, France, Walter Bruno Auditorium at Lincoln Center, French festivals Musique a Flaine, Estival de St. Jeannet, and Val D'Isere, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Japan, and Teatro Casale Monferato , as well as the Teatro de Atri in Italy. Notably, the trio continues to collaborate with Yovan Markovich, cellist of the famed Ysaÿe Quartet.

2009-10 season highlights include performances on the Festival Radio France Montpellier, Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music in Nebraska, Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mount Allison University in Canada, Pro-Musica Festival, Festival Autour d'une Piano and broadcasts on Radio France, as well as an extensive two-week tour of China.

Strong advocates of new music, the trio has commissioned new works in order to expand the clarinet-violin-piano trio repertoire, and strive to serve as a platform of exposure for up-and-coming composers. Their debut commercial recording, which received nation-wide airplay as well as critical acclaim, included two works written for the ensemble. Currently the Zodiac Trio is involved in a number of collaborative projects with emerging composers both in the United States and France, bridging the two countries and fueling an exciting cultural exchange. Aside from trios, the young ensemble often present sonatas and solo works to bring a large variety to its audiences in the scope of a single concert.

In 2007, the Zodiac Trio made Paris their headquarters, where they are on the artist roster of the Cziffra Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting Europe’s top young artists. The young ensemble was chosen by Culture France to receive moral and financial support from the « Declic » Program, partner with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Mecenat Musical Societe General. The Zodiac Trio also enjoys the generous support of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation.

For further information please visit www.ZodiacTrio.com, www.KanonArtists.com.

Andrew List, composer

Andrew List (Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA) composes music in many different genres, including orchestral works, string quartet, vocal, choral music, opera, music for children, solo works, and a variety of chamber ensembles. He is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, with B.A. and M.A. degrees in music composition. He received his doctorate in music composition from Boston University, where he studied with Bernard Rands, Samuel Headrick, and Nicholas Maw. Mr. List has also studied privately with Richard Danielpour.

Mr. List has received numerous commissions and performances from professional music ensembles and solo artists in the United States and Europe. These include The Boston Classical Orchestra (commission for a cello concerto 2009) Alea III, The Esterhazy Quartet, Interensemble (Padova Italy), The Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, North-South Consonance, The Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Duo Diorama, Daniel Schene (pianist), Emmanuel Feldman (cellist) and mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato. In addition, live performances of his music have been broadcast on Boston's WGBH Radio. He was the first prize winner of the RenegadeEnsemble’s composition competition and a finalist in the Alea III International Composition Competition and the 2008 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship. In 2005 Mr List's Violin Concerto was recorded by the Prague Radio Orchestra, with Eva Szekely, violin soloist; the CD was subsequently released on the Albany label. MONTAGE Music Society commissioned and recorded his new work Noa Noa, A Gauguin Tableau which was be released MSR Classics.

Mr. List has been fortunate to enjoy a number of residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Aspen Music Festival, La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and The Visby Centre for Composers in Sweden. In 2001 he was awarded a distinguished artist-in-residence grant, sponsored by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, and the city of Amsterdam. During his eight-month residency in Amsterdam he presented four concerts of his music and that of other American composers. He was also invited to present a concert at the American Embassy, in The Hague, and gave lectures and workshops at major music conservatories in the area. He is the first American and the first composer to be awarded this prestigious residency. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. List now resides in Boston, Massachusetts.



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