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By Special to the Monitor

On Jan. 9, the Los Alamos Concert Association brings Trio Solisti, the group The New Yorker magazine calls “the most exciting piano trio in America,” to Los Alamos.  Trio Solisti will begin performing at 8 p.m. in the Duane Smith Auditorium, and a reception will follow the concert.

Trio Solisti,  or “three soloists,” is comprised of violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff. They are acclaimed artists in their own right, who share a common vision.  

Individually, the members of Trio Solisti have performed at most major American venues and in more than 20 countries around the world.  As Trio Solisti, they have made critically acclaimed debuts in New York City on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series and at Town Hall’s Peoples’ Symphony Concerts,  The Kennedy Center, the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts and at the internationally renowned Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy.  

They have performed as guests of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Seattle’s Meany Hall, La Jolla’s Revelle series, Milwaukee Symphony’s Pabst Series, Troy Chromatic Concerts, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and have toured in Canada.

Trio Solisti performs at many festivals as a trio and as individual guest artists, including Bravo! in Vail, Colo., the Caramoor Festival, Maverick Concerts, Skaneateles and Cooperstown Festivals in New York, Laguna Beach Festival, The Amelia Island and Sanibel Island Festivals in Florida, The Moab Festival in Utah, Cape Cod and Chappaquidick Festivals in Massachusetts., Gretna Music in Pennsylvania, Centrum Festival in Washington and the Grand Canyon Festival in Arizona.

Trio Solisti is the founding ensemble of Telluride MusicFest in Telluride, Colo., which celebrates its eighth season in 2010. At the MusicFest, they perform as an ensemble and with guest artists; Bachmann is artistic director of the festival.

Collaborating with many of today’s leading composers, Trio Solisti has performed and commissioned works by Paul Moravec, who composed his 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, “Tempest Fantasy,” for the group, Kevin Puts and Philip Glass.

While Trio Solisti performs all the traditional masterworks for piano trio, the group also seeks out new music, and makes their own arrangements of existing repertoire. The arrangements, by Bachmann and Klibonoff, include music by Gershwin, Piazzolla, Milhaud, Brahms and others.

Trio Solisti has appeared on “St. Paul Sunday” and has been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today” in numerous live performances from around the U.S.  They have been presented in multi-concert series at the famed Morgan Library in New York and by the St. Louis Museum of Art.  Trio Solisti has been ensemble-in-residence for six years at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., where Bachmann is an adjunct professor, and where each year they present a concert series, master-classes and lectures.

The performance on Jan. 9 will begin with the “Trio Elegiac in G minor,” by Rachmaninoff, and will continue with the Brahms’ “Trio No. 2 in C major, Op 87.”  Following intermission, the group will perform their arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

A reception following the concert, in the chorus room just behind the stage to the right, will provide concertgoers with an opportunity to meet the artists.  

Individual concert tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for seniors, with a second ticket costing $25.  Youths ages 5-18 may attend at no charge, but must have a ticket.

Children must be at least 5 years old to attend concerts and an adult must accompany those who are younger than age 12.  Tickets may be obtained at CB Fox, Otowi Station Bookstore, Smith’s Food and Drug in White Rock and Nicholas Potter Bookseller in Santa Fe.  For additional information call the Los Alamos Concert Association at 662-9000 or visit the LACA website at www.losalamosconcert.org/.