22 September 2013
Hailed by the Washington Post for its “intriguing, beautifully played program ... convincing elegance ... [and] near-effortless lightness and grace," the Poulenc Trio brings together three uniquely gifted virtuosos, pianist Irina Kaplan, bassoonist Bryan Young and oboist Vladimir Lande. As the finest of a select few professional wind trios, the Poulenc Trio is committed to expanding the repertoire through the rediscovery of old masterpieces and the commissioning of new works.
The Trio has some particularly adventurous projects in the works, including "A Glass Act," which pairs the music and the wines of four great composers; "Diaspora", a multi-year commissioning project involving a number of contemporary American composers; and commissioned works by the Vietnamese-American composer Viet Cuong and the Spanish composer Octavio Vazquez.
The Trio's tours have brought them to Russia with Hilary Hahn (including the Hermitage State Museum); Italy (including the Ravello and Ville Vesuviane Festivals); Mexico; the Caribbean; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Symphony Space in New York City; and every region of the United States.
Since 2004, the Poulenc Trio has directed Music at the Museum, a unique and highly successful collaboration with great American museums, including the Baltimore Art Museum and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Each entertaining and thought-provoking program is carefully designed to complement a current exhibit or historical artistic concept.
In the press, the Trio has garnered positive attention in recent full-length profiles in Chamber Music Magazine and the Double Reed Journal. The group has been called "virtuosos of classical and contemporary chamber music" in one profile on Russian television, and reviews from across the USA have praised the Trio’s “new and delicious sounds,” calling them “three virtuosi in complete command of their instruments” who “played with spirit and grace and brought the near-capacity crowd to its feet.”