“The Iris Trio engaged with the piece with sensitivity and great tonal beauty, and brilliantly mastered its high technical demands. Definitely music and musicians that invite you to listen again and again!” (Evelyn Meining, Artistic Director, Mozartfest Würzburg)
Clarinetist Christine Carter, violist Molly Carr, and pianist Anna Petrova, began working together during their years at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. Their trio debut at the German Consulate in New York City was completely sold out and immediately followed by an invitation to the prestigious Mozartfest in Würzburg, Germany. While in Germany, the trio worked intensely with contemporary composer, Christof Weiß, premiering his new work, Gespräch unter Freunden, at the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Residence Palace. This première was then featured in Michael Wende & Andreea Varga’s documentary, “MozartLabor.” They have since performed multiple programs as a trio and, as individual players, have performed around the world on many of the major concert stages from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. The trio looks forward to an upcoming tour of their new program, “Homage and Inspiration,” in Germany in April 2018, as well to recording this project at the Sendesaal Breman.
Photo by Michael Wende
Christof Weiss – Drittes Klaviertrio: Gespräch unter Freunden
Excerpt from the première at the Mozartfest, Würzburg, Germany
Documentary by Michael Wende & Andreea Varga
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Kegelstatt Trio
III. Rondo: Allegretto
Robert Schumann – Märchenerzälungen, Op. 132
II. Lebhaft und sehr markirt
III. Ruhiges Tempor, mit zartem Ausdruck
György Kurtág – Hommage à R. Sch.
Max Bruch – Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, No. 2 Allegro con moto
Max Bruch – Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, No. 6 Nocturne
Individual Performer Bios
Canadian clarinetist, Christine Carter, has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Recent highlights include chamber music performances at the Mozarthaus in Vienna, Palffy Palace in Prague, and the German Consulate and Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City. She has completed artist residencies at the Mozart Festival Würzburg (Germany), Málaga Clásica festival (Spain), Shenzhen International Woodwind Festival (China), and five seasons with the Dark by Five interarts ensemble at Gros Morne Summer Music in Newfoundland.
Carter has also performed extensively as an orchestral musician, including engagements with the New World Symphony, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, YouTube Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Castleton Festival Orchestra, and as a substitute with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She has appeared under the batons of some of the world’s finest conductors, such as Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, and Pablo Heras-Casado, as well as in concert with Academy Award winners, Dame Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons.
Carter holds a Bachelor of Music from Western University, a Master of Music from McGill University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Manhattan School of Music, where she taught the Woodwind Lab for four years. She is now Assistant Professor of Single Reeds at Memorial University in St. John’s, Canada. www.christine-carter.com
Violist, Molly Carr, praised for her “ravishing sound” (STRAD), made her New York concerto debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Xian Zhang in Alice Tully Hall. She was a top Prize Winner in the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition and, as an avid recitalist and chamber musician, has appeared across the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, and Southeast Asia. She is an artist of the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed at Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Music@Menlo, International Musicians Seminar and Open Chamber Music (UK), Málaga Clásica (Spain), Bari International Music Festival (Italy), Brussels Chamber Music Festival, Mozartfest (Würzburg), Music from Angel Fire, Yellow Barn, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and the Perlman Music Program. She has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Carter Brey, Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Donald and Alisa Weilerstein, and the Orion and American Quartets, performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the New York Metropolitan Theatre, Chicago Symphony Center, and the Jerusalem Music Center.
A native of Reno, Nevada, Ms. Carr holds a B.M. and M.M. from the Juilliard School, having studied with Heidi Castleman, Steven Tenenbom, Pinchas Zukerman, and Patinka Kopec. She is a member of the Solera Quartet, resident quartet at the University of Notre Dame, and a former member of the Serafin Quartet. Ms. Carr has recorded the Viola Sonata and Early Chamber Works of Jennifer Higdon on the NAXOS label with the Serafin Quartet; in 2017 she joins pianist Josu De Solaun in a NAXOS recording of Enescu’s “Concertpiece for Viola and Piano,” and the Op. 16 piano quartet.
Ms. Carr is on the Viola Faculties of the Juilliard pre-college program and the Academia Ivan Galamian in Málaga, Spain, and serves as Executive and Artistic Director of Project: Music Heals Us, a classical chamber music series which presents interactive classical music performances in order to provide encouragement and healing, with a focus on elderly, disabled, rehabilitating, incarcerated, and homeless populations. www.Molly-Carr.com
Bulgarian pianist Anna Petrova has been praised for her “hallmark performances” of “excellent technical mastery and powerful control of timbre.” – Levante, Spain. Prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the José Roca, Val Tidone and Maria Yudina, Anna was a semifinalist at the Queen Elizabeth Competition, where she performed as soloist with the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia under Paul Goodwin.
At her North-American orchestral debut with conductor Philippe Entremont, Anna was praised for her “ultra-smooth playing style”- New York Fine Arts Examiner. Other conductors she has played with include JoAnn Falletta, Max Bragado-Darman, Bruno Aprea, Ramón Tébar, and Francisco Valero-Terribas.
Anna performs extensively as a chamber musician. Recent engagements include residencies at Virginia Arts Festival, Mozartfest in Würzburg, Germany, Málaga Clásica, Spain and Music@Menlo Festival in California. She has given solo recitals in halls such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Brussels’ Conservatoire Royal, Carnegie’s Weil Recital Hall, Chicago’s Preston Bradley Hall, Slovak Philharmonic Concert Hall in Bratislava, Vienna’s Bösendorfer Hall, Auditorio Ciudad de Leon and Palau de la Musica in Valencia.
Anna holds her degrees (BM, MM and DMA) from Manhattan School of Music, New York where her main teachers have been Horacio Gutierréz and André-Michel Schub. Her performances have been broadcast on NPR, WQXR, WFMT, and Bulgarian National Radio and Television. Her recording of Stravinsky’s Les Noces was released on Naxos in 2016 and currently she is working on a two-CD set of the piano sonatas of Russian composer Samuil Feinberg, for the same label. http://www.annapetrovapianist.com