The Claremont Trio formed in 1999 at the Juilliard School. Twin sisters Emily (violin) and Julia (cello) Bruskin grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and they both play old French instruments. Emily's violin is a Lupot from 1795 and Julia's cello is a J.B. Vuillaume from 1849. Andrea Lam (piano) grew up in Sydney, Australia. The Claremonts are based in New York City near their namesake: Claremont Avenue.
Widely regarded as the premier piano trio of its generation, the Claremonts are sought after for their thrillingly virtuosic and richly communicative performances. First winners of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Claremonts are consistently lauded for their "aesthetic maturity, interpretive depth, and exuberance" (Palm Beach Daily News).
They have performed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Museum, Texas State University, Colgate University, Chicago's Norton Concert Series, Chamber Music Northwest, the JCC of Greater Washington, the Old Ship Church in Hingham, Boston’s Celebrity Series, Friends of Chamber Music-Denver, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series, Pasadena’s Coleman Chamber Music Association, Johns Hopkins University, St. Paul’s Music in the Park, Stanford Lively Arts, Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music, Dayton’s Vanguard Concerts, and Jacksonville’s Riverside Fine Arts Association, along with the Chamber Music Societies of Phoenix, Dallas, Sedona, San Antonio, Buffalo, Utica, Bethlehem, and Logan, and the Universities of Washington, Wisconsin, and Missouri.
The Trio was recently ensemble-in-residence at the Laguna Beach Live Festival and at the National Conference of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In New York, The Claremonts appear frequently at Columbia University, Merkin Hall, Music Mondays and Symphony Space as well as the downtown venues of Joe’s Pub and Le Poisson Rouge. They also appear regularly at festivals such as Ravinia, Sanibel, Skaneateles, Saratoga, Austin, Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Saugatuck, Rockport, Bard, and Norfolk.
Deeply committed to expanding the trio repertoire, the Trio has commissioned new works from Nico Muhly, Gabriela Lena Frank, Mason Bates, Sean Shepherd, Helen Grime, Judd Greenstein, Donald Crockett, Robert Paterson, Paul Chihara, Sharon Farber, Howard Frazin, Daniel Kellogg, and Hillary Zipper, and they have an ongoing collaboration with innovative composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain.
Believing that education on all levels is essential to the future of classical music, the Claremont Trio is extensively involved in teaching the next generation of musicians and music lovers. Sought after for their effectiveness in the classroom as well as on the concert stage, the Trio frequently conducts residencies, master classes, and educational outreach activities. They have conducted master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Columbia University, Duke University, Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory Division, Boston Conservatory, Purchase College at SUNY, Middlebury College, the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, Longy School of Music, the University of Washington, Kansas State University, and Gettysburg College's Sunderman Conservatory.
Bridge Records released the Claremont Trio’s newest recording of the Beethoven “Triple” Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and Beethoven’s Trio Op. 1 No. 1 in 2016 to critical acclaim. Of the Claremonts’ previous CD of Trios by Beethoven & Ravel, one reviewer raved “These are some of the most impassioned, moving, and notable readings of these favorites that I have ever heard, bar none. I am especially picky about the Beethoven, one of my favorites and to this point best projected by the legendary Istomin-Stern-Rose Trio, but the Claremont has their measure fully, and this is something I never thought I would say” (Audiophile Audition). The Trio eagerly anticipates the upcoming release of another recording Paterson’s monumental “Sun Trio”. Their prolific discography also includes “Mendelssohn Trios,” a Russian disc of Shostakovich and Arensky, and “American Trios” with works by Leon Kirchner, Ellen Zwilich, Paul Schoenfield, and Mason Bates. Their collaborative disc with clarinetist Jonathan Cohler encompassing works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Dohnanyi garnered a glowing review in Fanfare magazine and received a Critic’s CHOICE award from BBC Magazine.