After four decades, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with its performances. Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter's inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature. As one of the only long-lived ensembles with all of its original members, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio balances the careers of three internationally acclaimed soloists while making annual appearances at many of the world's major concert halls, commissioning spectacular new works, and maintaining an active recording agenda.
The trio continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary throughout the 2017-18 season with a complete Beethoven cycle at Boston's Gardner Museum, spread over three weekends, and an all-Beethoven program at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, where it is ensemble-in-residence. Recent season highlights include numerous performances of the appealing Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Pas de Trois as well as André Previn's acclaimed Trio No. 2, commissioned for the trio by the Music Accord presenter consortium, a tour of the United Kingdom including a return to the Wigmore Hall/BBC lunchtime series and many complete Beethoven cycles. In addition to mini-residencies and recitals on prestigious series throughout the United States, 2017 brought the musicians’ unique blend to Beethoven’s exuberant Triple Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton Maestro Edo de Waart in his final season as music director and to the Westchester Philharmonic with Jaime Laredo as conductor. They also celebrated the great chamber works of Brahms in Detroit with principals from the Cleveland Orchestra as their special guests.
Their recordings include Passionate Diversions, works written for them by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich including her quintet, septet, and trio on the AZICA label and a double CD set of Schubert on the Bridge label. The trio’s previous recording projects on KOCH include a four-disc Brahms cycle of the complete trios, Arensky and Tchaikovsky trios, and a beloved two-volume set of the complete Beethoven trios. In addition, Koch re-released many of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio’s hallmark recordings, including works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Danielpour, and Dmitri Shostakovich as well as Legacies, filled with trios written especially for the group by Pärt, Zwilich, Kirchner, and Silverman. The trio records Silverman's Piano Trio No. 2, “Reveille” this season, which it originally premiered with Sting at New York's 92nd St Y.
Musical America named the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio the 2002 Ensemble of the Year. The ensemble was also awarded the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award by the Foundation for Recorded Music, in 2002 and in 2011. Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson serve on the esteemed instrumental and chamber music faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where they began teaching in 2012. Both Mr. Laredo and Ms. Robinson were professors at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for seven years prior. Joseph Kalichstein continues as a long-revered teacher at The Juilliard School.