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) with a performance style that combines exceptional virtuosity with penetrating musical insight. Possessing a repertoire that 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 its 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 (made up 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: Great Performers 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 Times as “consistently brilliant” and praised by The Washington Post for its “unrelenting passion and zealous abandon in a transcendent performance.”
In the fall of 2014 Bridge Records releases the newest addition to Trio Solisti’s rapidly growing discography. Recorded in December of 2013, it pairs two monumental works by the French composers Ernest Chausson and Maurice Ravel.
Dvořák Trios was released on Bridge Records in 2012, featuring Dvořák’s “Dumky" Trio and the Trio in F minor, Op. 65. Critics swooned: “This is brilliantly performed” (International Record Review); “I cannot praise this recording highly enough” (Fanfare Magazine).
Pictures at an Exhibition, on Endeavour Classics, features Trio Solisti's original arrangement of Mussorgsky’s monumental solo piano work. 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 dancy and songful works by Piazzolla, Turina, and Gershwin.
Brahms Trios, the ensemble’s debut album, features performances of two of the composer’s masterpieces, the Trios Nos. 1 and 3, in B major and 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 2004 Pulitzer Prize. A recording of Tempest Fantasy, Mood Swings, and 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 season, Chamber Music Monterey Bay commissioned and presented the premiere of Living Frescoes, a work by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts for piano trio and clarinet, inspired by visual artist Bill Viola.
Above and beyond performing together and individually at music festivals across the world, Trio Solisti founded Telluride Musicfest, an annual chamber music festival in the mountains of Colorado at which the ensemble presents two weeks of performances with guest artists. Trio Solisti marks its 10th year as 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.