18 September 2016
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 Liang Wang. 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's tours have brought them to Russia with Hilary Hahn (including the Hermitage State Museum); Italy (including the Ravello Festival); the Caribbean; Mexico; Symphony Space in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and every region of the United States.
Reviews 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”.
In constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator, David Shifrin is one of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award's inception in 1974. He joined the faculty at the Yale School of Music in 1987, has served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, and those of many other institutions. He played with the Detroit, Seattle, Milwaukee, Houston, and Denver Symphonies, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, as well as internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea and in Taiwan. David Shifrin is the beneficiary of one Solo Recitalists' Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Music Academy of the West. At the outset of his career, he won the top prize at both the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions.