Maria Bachmann - violin
Alexis Pia Gerlach - cello
Adam Neiman - piano
Trio Solisti, a “trio of soloists,” has forged its reputation as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker Magazine) with a performance style that combines exceptional virtuosity and penetrating musical insight, the result of which yields a cohesive and powerful musical narrative.
Possessing a repertoire which encompasses most of the standard trio repertoire as well as many new works by contemporary composers, rave reviews follow the ensemble throughout its concert tours.
Strad Magazine wrote of the trio's interpretation of Brahms Trios, “Trio Solisti plays this glorious music with rare commitment and insight - the free-flowing adrenaline has one on the edge of one’s seat,” and Fanfare Magazine acclaimed their recording of music by Paul Moravec, saying, “These performances are really almost beyond belief.” Noted Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout proclaimed, “To my mind, Trio Solisti has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind.”
Founded in 2001, Trio Solisti (comprised of violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, and pianist Adam Neiman) has performed at many of America’s important concert venues and cultural institutions: The Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, Washington Performing Arts Society at Kennedy Center, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, People’s Symphony Concerts at Town Hall, Seattle’s Meany Hall and La Jolla’s Revelle Series, to name a few. The ensemble has been described by The New York Timesas “consistently brilliant” and praised by The Washington Post for its “unrelenting passion and zealous abandon in a transcendent performance.”
The newest addition to Trio Solisti’s rapidly growing discography is Dvořák Trios, released on Bridge Records in 2012, featuring Dvořák’s “Dumky" Trio and the Trio in F minor, Op. 65. Critics raved: “This is brilliantly performed” (International Record Review);“I cannot praise this recording highly enough” (Fanfare Magazine).
Pictures at an Exhibition, on Endeavour Classics, pairs the trio’s original arrangement of Mussorgsky’s monumental solo piano work with the Ravel Piano Trio. Fanfare Magazine called the recording “astonishing in sparkling clarity… surging with sensuality and dramatic contrasts.”
Café Music, on Bridge Records, is an assortment of music that can inhabit either the concert hall or the less formal setting of a café. The centerpiece, Paul Schoenfield’s jazzy “Café Music,” is surrounded by works by Piazzolla (“The Four Seasons” and “Le Grand Tango,”), Turina (Trio No. 2 in B minor) and Gershwin songs.
Brahms Trios is the ensemble’s debut album featuring performances of two of the composer’s masterpieces, the Trio No. 1 in B major and Trio No. 3 in C minor.
Trio Solisti actively collaborates with some of today’s leading composers. Paul Moravec has written a number of works for the group, notably “Tempest Fantasy,” for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. A recording of “Tempest Fantasy” and “Mood Swings” as well as other Moravec works was released on NAXOS American Classics. In 2013, the trio gave the premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Trio No. 3 commissioned by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music in Tucson. Earlier that same season, Chamber Music Monterrey Bay commissioned and presented the premiere of “Living Frescoes,” a work by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts for trio and clarinet, inspired by visual artist Bill Viola.
Above and beyond performing together and individually at many music festivals across the country, Trio Solisti has founded Telluride MusicFest, an annual chamber music festival in the mountains of Colorado in which the ensemble presents two weeks of performances with celebrity guest artists. Trio Solisti is Ensemble-in-Residence at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, an honor that includes the presentation of concerts and master classes, and in-depth work with student composers.