“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 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 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. Christine has also performed extensively as an orchestral musician, including engagements with the New World Symphony (Miami), Montréal Symphony Orchestra, YouTube Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (New York). Christine holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Manhattan School of Music and is Assistant Professor of Music at Memorial University in St. John’s. www.christine-carter.com
Violist Molly Carr enjoys a diverse musical career as recitalist, chamber musician, educator and artistic director. She was a top prize winner in the Primrose International Viola Competition, made her New York solo debut at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra, and has performed in festivals across North America, Europe, and Asia. Ms. Carr is a member of the Solera Quartet, Quartet in Residence at the University of Notre Dame, and is the Founding Director of PROJECT: MUSIC HEALS US, a non-profit committed to bringing the healing power of music to elderly, disabled, rehabilitating, incarcerated, and homeless populations. Ms. Carr earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School and currently serves on the viola faculty of the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Program.
Bulgarian pianist, Anna Petrova, praised for her “artistic, clear and enlightened” performances [BBC Magazine], serves on the Piano Faculty at Sam Houston State University and performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. Engagements for the 2017-2018 season include a CD release tour of Norway and Spain, chamber music tours in North-America and Germany, a masterclass at the Jose Iturbi Valencia Conservatory and return solo engagements in the US and Spain. Currently, she is working on a two-CD set of the complete piano sonatas of Russian composer Samuil Feinberg for NAXOS. Petrova holds a DMA degree from Manhattan School of Music and is a prize winner of numerous international competitions, including being a semi-finalist at the Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition in Belgium.