On Saturday, March 3, 2012, Music at the Institute presented a concert Trio Cavatina. Works by Dvorak, Baley and Brahms performed by violinist Harumi Rhodes, cellist Priscilla Lee, pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute and violist Samuel Rhodes.

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Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, violinist Harumi Rhodes, and cellist Priscilla Lee formed Trio Cavatina in 2005 at the renowned Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Deeply rooted in a strong sense of shared musical values, Trio Cavatina has rapidly emerged as one of today’s outstanding chamber ensembles whose committed music-making prompted Harris Goldsmith to describe the trio, in his 2008 Musical America article, as offering ‘potent, intense interpretations.’ As the winner of the 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition, Trio Cavatina made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 with scintillating performances of two monumental Beethoven trios, Leon Kirchner’s second trio, and the world premiere performance of Faces of Guernica written for it by Richard Danielpour. Earlier that season, the trio made its San Francisco debut at Herbst Theater (San Francisco Performances) as well as its Philadelphia debut as one of the youngest ensembles to perform in the prestigious Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert series.

During the summer of 2010, the trio gave concerts and appeared in mixed programs at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, and at Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley.

Within only two years of its formation, Trio Cavatina made its New York City and Boston debuts in the New School’s Schneider Concert Series and at Jordan Hall, respectively. It also gave notable debut appearances in Kneisel Hall’s “Emerging Artists” Series in Maine, at Union College in Schenectady, New York, at Merkin Hall in New York City, at the Brattleboro Music Center in Vermont, and at the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival in Maryland. The trio was also selected to perform at the closing concert of the Chamber Music America Conference in New York City. Garnering critical acclaim and enthusiastic responses from audiences and presenters wherever it performs, the trio has received immediate re-engagements, most notably at Union College in Schenectady, NY, where it returned in the fall of 2008 in a performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and twice in the 2009-2010 season to celebrate the anniversaries of Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Chopin. The trio embarked on its first international tour in 2008, which included performances in Lithuania on stages in Vilnius and Kaunas.

In addition to its command of the classical and romantic repertoire, Trio Cavatina is committed to collaborating with living composers and to weaving 20th century repertoire into its programs. The trio has worked closely with American composers Leon Kirchner and Richard Danielpour and will premiere a new work written for it by David Ludwig in the fall of 2010 in Chicago.

samuelrhodes239Guest artist SAMUEL RHODES, viola, is celebrating his 42nd year as a member of both the Juilliard String Quartet and the faculty of the Juilliard School, where he is chair of the viola department. He has been a participant in the Marlboro Festival since 1960 and is a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center. His solo appearances have included several recitals at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and an unaccompanied recital at the Juilliard School. In June 2001, Mr. Rhodes was invited to play a recital in celebration of the 10th anniversary of “Viola Space” in Tokyo, Japan. He gave the world premiere of Figment IV for solo viola by Elliott Carter in January 2008 in Paris. In June 2010, he was invited to participate in the International Viola Congress in Cincinnati, Ohio where he gave a recital, taught a master class, and took part in a string quartet panel discussion with Michael Tree, Laurence Dutton, and James Dunham.

In 1998, Mr. Rhodes had the honor of being invited to join the late Isaac Stern as a coach at his Chamber Music Workshops in Jerusalem, Israel; Miyazaki, Japan; and Carnegie Hall, New York. Mr. Rhodes received his instrumental training from Sydney Beck and Walter Trampler. He has a B.A. from Queens College, New York and an M.F.A. from Princeton University, where he studied composition with Roger Sessions and Earl Kim. Mr. Rhodes has been artist-in-residence at Michigan State University and has been awarded honorary doctorates by Michigan State, the University of Jacksonville and the San Francisco Conservatory. He has appeared as a guest artist with many ensembles, including the Beaux Arts and Mannes Trios and with the American, Brentano, Cleveland, Galimir, Guarneri, Mendelssohn, Pro-Arte, Mendelssohn, and Sequoia String Quartets.

Music at the Institute is sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America.