The Schumann Trio was conceived in 2008 by violist Michael Tree,
clarinetist Anthony McGill, and pianist Anna Polonsky. These three
artists made their initial musical connection at the Curtis Institute
and at the Marlboro Music Festival. After many years of performing
together in different combinations, crossing paths at music festivals,
and collaborating with the Guarneri String Quartet (of which Mr. Tree is
a founding member), the three musicians decided to come together to
explore the rich, under-represented repertoire for clarinet, piano, and
viola or violin.
“From the first notes … the ensemble established its interpretive priorities: ravishing tone and keenly refined phrasing.”—Washington Post
Beethoven Sonata for Horn and Piano in F Major, Op. 17 (horn part arr. for viola by M. Tree)
Brahms Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F Major, Op. 120, No. 1
Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in A Minor, Op. 114 (cello part arr. for viola by M. Tree)
Founded in 1957, the Schneider Concerts chamber music series has been hailed in the New York Times as “one of the best deals in town for lovers of classical music.” It is known for presenting many of the world’s chamber music notables before their rise to fame. Peter Serkin, the Guarneri String Quartet, and Tashi made their New York debuts in Schneider Concerts; Yefim Bronfman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Murray Perahia also performed in the series early in their careers.
For more information, visit www.newschool.edu/concerts.