NEW ON CD – Icicle Creek Piano Trio: Haydn, Turina, Shostakovich

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Beginning with Track 1, the “Allegro moderato” of Haydn’s Piano Trio in E Major, I was swept into the beauty and precision of the three superb musicians who comprise the Icicle Creek Piano Trio. Throughout the CD which includes Joaquin Turina’s Circulo and Piano Trio No. 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich – there is clear direction in the flow of the dramatic line and a true sense of outreach to the listener. The only thing better would be sitting next to them during a live performance. The trio’s collective versatility and focused attention to each other keep the sparks flying – especially in the complex and passionate nearly 11 minute Allegretto of Shostakovich. The poetry of Turina’s three-part Circulo – impressions of dawn, midday, and twilight time – distinguish this recording as a must-have for the lovers of intimate ensembles.
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ICICLE CREEK PIANO TRIO is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth, Washington. As well as offering year-round concerts and an International Chamber Music Festival and Institute each July, the artists maintain private studios and offer regular coaching sessions to young ensembles. The members of the Trio originated from the United States, United Kingdom, and Russia. Together and as individuals, Jennifer Caine, violin; Sally Singer, cello; and Oksana Ezhokina, piano, have performed in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, The Phillips Collection, and the Royal Albert Hall, and have toured in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, and the UK. In March 2010, the Trio performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia. Future engagements have come from the Washington Idaho Symphony and St. John’s, Smith Square, London. The Trio’s debut recording of Ravel and Schubert trios, released in 2008 under the Con Brio label, received unanimous critical acclaim.

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ICICLE CREEK PIANO TRIO

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

JENNIFER CAINE, Violinist – was a winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Competition in 2004 and recipient of several awards including the Royal College of Music’s Isolde Menges Prize for solo Bach, the Polonsky Foundation Grant, and the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for Musicians. Jennifer is a graduate of Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and holds Master of Music Degrees from the Royal College of Music in performance and Oxford University in musicology.

SALLY SINGER, Cellist – has performed as a chamber musician in the major concert halls of Europe and North America, and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in New York, Connecticut, Washington, Bulgaria and Russia. Recent premieres have included works by Herbolsheimer, Horvitz and Nketia. Ms. Singer has won several awards, including First Prize in the John Ireland Chamber Music Competition, and a top prize in the Corpus Christi International Young Artists Competition. She gained First Class honors at the Royal Northern College of Music, and completed her studies with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

OKSANA EZHOKINA, Pianist – winner of piano competitions in Russia and the United States, has given numerous solo and chamber performances in both countries. Her collaborations have included concerts with such ensembles as the Seattle Chamber Players, the Contemporary Chamber Players and Avalon String Quartet. A dedicated performer of contemporary works, she has premiered music by Laura Kaminsky and Paul Drescher, among others. Ms. Ezhokina was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2004.

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Jennifer Caine – Oksana Ezhokina – Sally Singer

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