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Claremont Trio

Photo by: Merri Cyr

Emily Bruskin, violin
Julia Bruskin, cello
Andrea Lam, piano


Lauded as "one of America's finest young chamber groups" Strad Magazine, the Claremont Trio is sought after for its thrillingly virtuosic and richly communicative performances. First winners of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Claremonts are consistently lauded for their "aesthetic maturity, interpretive depth, and exuberance" (Palm Beach Daily News).

During the 2016-17 season, the Claremont Trio performs Beethoven's "Triple" Concerto with the Wichita Symphony and the Ridgewood Symphony and gives recitals at New York's Merkin Hall and Brooklyn Public Library, Westchester's Emelin Theatre and Chapel Series, and the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society, Broward College, and Concerts at the Point (MA). They will perform as part of the Suzuki Alumni Project, do a visiting residency at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and make their Canadian debut at the Orford Music Festival (Quebec).

American Modern Recordings will release the Claremont Trio's newest recording of Robert Paterson's works, including Claremont Trio commission "Moon Trio", in December of 2016. Gramophone magazine praised the trio's "poetry and… thrilling virtuosity" in their Beethoven "Triple" Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, recently released on Bridge Records. Of their Beethoven & Ravel CD, one reviewer raved "These are some of the most impassioned, moving, and notable readings of these favorites that I have ever heard, bar none. I am especially picky about the Beethoven, one of my favorites and to this point best projected by the legendary Istomin-Stern-Rose Trio, but the Claremont has their measure fully, and this is something I never thought I would say" (Audiophile Audition). The Trio's prolific discography also includes "Mendelssohn Trios," a Russian disc of Shostakovich and Arensky, and "American Trios" with works by Leon Kirchner, Ellen Zwilich, Paul Schoenfield, and Mason Bates. Their collaborative disc with clarinetist Jonathan Cohler encompassing works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Dohnanyi garnered a glowing review in Fanfare magazine and received a Critic's CHOICE award from BBC Magazine.

The Claremont Trio's recent seasons included engagements at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Boston's Celebrity Series, Friends of Chamber Music-Denver, Duke University, Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Series, Pasadena's Coleman Chamber Music Association, Johns Hopkins University, the JCC of Greater Washington, the Austin Chamber Music Festival, St. Paul's Music in the Park, Stanford Lively Arts, Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music, and Jacksonville's Riverside Fine Arts Association, along with the Chamber Music Societies of Phoenix, Dallas, Sedona, San Antonio, Buffalo, Bethlehem (PA), and Logan (UT), and the Universities of Washington, Wisconsin, and Missouri. The Trio has taught at Longwood University, Hampden Sydney College, and Lynchburg College as the Central Virginia Ensemble-in-Residence and was recently ensemble in residence at the Laguna Beach Live Festival and at the National Conference of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. The Claremonts continue to maintain a strong New York presence with frequent performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Columbia University's Miller Theatre, Music Mondays and Symphony Space as well as the downtown venues of National Sawdust, Joe's Pub and Le Poisson Rouge. They also appear regularly at festivals such as Ravinia, Saratoga, Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Rockport, Bard, Orford, and Norfolk.

Believing that education on all levels is essential to the future of classical music, the Claremont Trio is extensively involved in teaching the next generation of musicians and music lovers. Sought after for their effectiveness in the classroom as well as on the concert stage, the Trio frequently conducts residencies, master classes, and educational outreach activities. They have conducted master classes at Columbia University, the Eastman School of Music, Duke University, Peabody Conservatory's Preparatory Division, Boston Conservatory, Purchase College at SUNY, Middlebury College, the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, Longy School of Music, the University of Washington, Kansas State University, and Gettysburg College's Sunderman Conservatory.

Deeply committed to expanding the trio repertoire, the Trio works actively with composers on new works. They have commissioned new trios by Nico Muhly, Gabriela Lena Frank, Mason Bates, Sean Shepherd, Helen Grime, Judd Greenstein, Donald Crockett, Robert Paterson, Paul Chihara, Sharon Farber, Howard Frazin, Daniel Kellogg, and Hillary Zipper, and have an ongoing collaboration with innovative composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain.

The group frequently performs the Beethoven Triple Concerto with orchestras such as the Nashville Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Wichita Symphony, and Utah Symphony. They have collaborated with Peter Martins, director of the New York City Ballet, on a ballet based on Paul Schoenfield's "Cafe Music," and have also been privileged to perform with many distinguished guest artists including Misha Amory, Anthony McGill, Toby Appel, Beth Guterman, Joseph Kalichstein, Martha Katz, Jaime Laredo, Ida Kavafian, Robert McDonald, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Sharon Robinson, Mark Nuccio, and Richard Young.

Featured on Japanese and American television, the Claremont Trio is also heard on radio stations throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Australia's ABC, New York's WQXR, Boston's WGBH, Chicago's WFMT, Austin's KPAC, Salt Lake City's KBYU, and Columbia University's WKCR.

The Claremont Trio was formed in 1999 at the Juilliard School. Twin sisters Emily Bruskin (violin) and Julia Bruskin (cello) grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and they both play old French instruments. Emily's violin is a Lupot from 1795; Julia's cello is a J.B. Vuillaume from 1849. Andrea Lam (piano) grew up in Sydney, Australia. The Claremonts are all now based in New York City near their namesake: Claremont Avenue.