Claremont Trio – August 7, Cotuit

Claremont Trio


“Enlightening, riveting, and just plain fun to watch.” – Worcester Telegram & Gazette (of Claremont Trio)

When’s the last time you heard “enlightening,” “riveting” and “fun” used to describe chamber music? Stick around, and those words may become common in your own conversations.

“Many people think classical music is boring,” the trio says on their website ( “Some people think classical music is relaxing, pretty, even interesting. We think classical music is exhilarating, heart-wrenching, and ultimately life-changing. We want our performances to come alive so that the audience will notice more, feel more, and perhaps even live more. “

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 2011-12 season the Claremont Trio opened the brand new hall at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with a series of three concerts.  Their busy touring schedule also includes concerts for Friends of Chamber Music-Denver, the Sanibel Music Festival, New York’s Rubin Museum, Harvard Musical Association, Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, Boise Chamber Music Series, American Century Music in Boston, Concerts at the Point, and the Brooklyn Public Library. As Central Virginia Ensemble in Residence, the Claremonts also begin a visiting residency at Longwood University, Randolph College, Sweet Briar College and Hampden Sydney College.         

Twin sisters Emily Bruskin (violin) and Julia Bruskin (cello) formed the Trio with Donna Kwong (piano) in 1999 at The Juilliard School. The Bruskins both play old French instruments, Emily’s violin a Lupot from 1795 and Julia’s cello a J.B. Vuillaume from 1849. Donna Kwong is a Steinway Artist.

Claremont Trio performs in Cotuit on August 7. Don’t miss them! Here’s the program:

W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in C Major, K. 548
Andante cantabile

Sean Shepherd (b. 1979)
Trio (2012) 
florid hopscotch
slow waltz of the robots

J. Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in B Major, Opus 8
Allegro con brio
Scherzo: Allegro molto

“The Claremont Trio is on the fast track to success.” – Strad magazine

“Their exuberant performance and gutsy repertoire … was the kind of fresh approach that keeps chamber music alive.” – Cincinnati Enquirer

– Strad Magazine


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