NOVEMBER 30, 2021

Trio Céleste

Principal Underwriter
The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation

Principal Underwriter
Cecile Zinberg

Program notes for this concert will appear presently.

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“The epitome of what chamber musicians should be”
— Cincinnati Enquirer

Sparkling exuberance…unfailingly stylish”
— Strad Magazine


 

Musicians

Iryna Krechkovsky, violin
Ross Gasworth, cello
Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano

Program

BeethovenPiano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2
MendelssohnPIano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66

Artist Biographies

Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register), “unfailingly stylish” (The Strad), “technically dazzling” (Long Beach Gazette), “flawless” (New York Concert Review) and “the epitome of what chamber musicians should be” (Palm Beach Daily News), Trio Céleste has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today.

Recent highlights include recital debuts at the Chicago Cultural Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul Art Center in South Korea, and the world premiere of Paul Dooley’s Concerto Grosso for Piano Trio and Strings co-commissioned by Trio Céleste and Chamber Music | OC.

Winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions and the recipients of the 2017 Emerging Artist Award from Arts Orange County, the ensemble has performed hundreds of recitals worldwide also appearing in master classes, entrepreneurship seminars, and performance residencies at some of the nation’s top academic institutions and centers for arts and culture. In 2014, the ensemble was selected from over 500 applicants to be Artists-in-Residence at The Grand Canyon National Park.

Trio Céleste was Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine from 2013-2019, and are current Directors of the acclaimed arts organization Chamber Music | OC where they have been featured in collaborations with violist Paul Coletti, Emerson String Quartet violinist Philip Setzer, and principal players of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

During the 2015/2016 season, the Trio commissioned new music from composers Samuel Adler, Mike Block, Christopher Dobrian, Paul Dooley, Eugene Drucker, Peter Erskine, Eric Guinivan, Fred Hersch, Pierre Jalbert, Nicole Mitchell, Jim Scully, and Cristina Spinei, and released their Debut Album on the Navona label which debuted at #5 on iTunes for “Best Seller New Release” and #20 on Amazon’s “Chamber Music Albums”.

The ensemble was inspired to take its name after their very first meeting in New York City, where a rare celestial occurrence – the largest harvest moon in two decades – marked the beginning of their tenure together.

Hailed as “lively and sensational” by Montreal’s Arts and Opinion, and “flawless” by New York Concert Review, prize-winning violinist Iryna Krechkovsky enjoys an international career as soloist, chamber music collaborator, educator, and arts executive. Celebrated for her tone, emotionality, and precision, she has performed in concert venues from Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City, to The American Church in Paris, Chicago Cultural Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea. She has appeared on Classical KUSC, KABC-TV Los Angeles, the Korean Broadcasting System, National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting Service, and as a speaker/performer at TEDxChapmanU. She was also a top prize winner at the Sorantin International Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, the Kocian International Violin Competition, the Beverly Hills International Auditions, and the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank Competition which afforded her a three-year loan of the 1689 “Baumgartner” Stradivari violin.

Krechkovsky has performed as soloist with the Lviv National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Seoul National University Virtuosi, the California Chamber Orchestra, the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Canadian Academy Chamber Orchestra. She has collaborated with artists including Colin Carr, Paul Coletti, Robert deMaine, Glenn Dicterow, Karen Dreyfus, Eugene Drucker, David Finckel, Gil Kalish, Kyung Sun Lee, Robert McDonald, and Philip Setzer, and has performed hundreds of recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with her husband, pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks, as part of the award-winning Krechkovsky/Loucks Duo. In 2012, the Duo formed Trio Céleste with cellist Ross Gasworth and served as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, where they also directed the annual Trio Céleste Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Born in Ukraine, Iryna Krechkovsky attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University in New York where she was recently awarded the distinguished 40 Under Forty Alumni Award. She is Co-Founder and Director of Education at Chamber Music | OC where she curates the nationally recognized Pre-College Program – a comprehensive mentoring program for exceptionally talented musicians throughout Southern California. Krechkovsky studied with David and Linda Cerone, Philip Setzer, Philippe Graffin, and Pamela Frank, and currently performs on a 2007 violin by Ryan Soltis and Samuel Zygmuntowicz.

Learn more at irynakrechkovsky.com.

Cellist Ross Gasworth has performed in iconic venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, The Ho Chi Minh Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, The Sydney Opera House, The Seoul Arts Center, and Paris’ Radio France Concert Hall. Ross was selected by Michael Tilson-Thomas from to perform as Principal Cellist of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia, and at Google’s Zeitgeist festival in London, England. He has toured internationally as a member of Trio Céleste, and serves as Director of Artistic Planning for Chamber Music | OC.

Ross has performed or recorded with artists such as Elton John, Ariana Grande, Barbra Streisand, Justin Bieber, Adele, Ozzy Osbourne, Carrie Underwood, Michael Bublé, Herb Alpert, Jessie J, Ben Platt, Seal, and Neil Young. As a session musician, his screen credits include Frozen 2, Mulan, A Quiet Place 2, The Grinch, Tenet, IT Chapter 2, The Suicide Squad, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Mandalorian, Star Trek: Discovery, and many more. As an orchestral musician, Ross has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and as Principal Cellist of the Waco Symphony Orchestra and Miami Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the Rochester Symphony, Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, Michigan Youth Arts Festival Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, UCI Symphony Orchestra, and California Chamber Orchestra.

A committed educator, Ross has served on the faculty of the University of North Texas, the University of California, Irvine, and currently serves on the Pre-College faculty of Chamber Music | OC. His private cello students have been accepted at institutions such as the University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and McDuffie Center for Strings.

Ross began playing the cello at age three. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Richard Aaron and Stephen Geber. Other past teachers include Eugene Osadchy at the University of North Texas, and Michel Strauss at the Paris Conservatoire.

Pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks enjoys a multifaceted career as international concert artist, educator, and arts entrepreneur. He has been described as “impeccable” (La Presse, Montreal), “a shining talent” (Völser Zeitung, Italy), and “a pianist of exhilarating polish, unity and engagement” (The Orange County Register, California). He has earned ovations from Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, to Prösels Castle in Italy, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, Kumho Art Hall and Seoul Arts Center in South Korea, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Prague’s Lichtenstein Palace. He has been featured on National Public Radio, CBC Radio 2, Classical KUSC, the Public Broadcasting Service, KABC-TV Los Angeles, and the Korean Broadcasting System, and was a top prize winner at the Schlern International Competition in Italy, the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, the Beverly Hills International Auditions in Los Angeles, and the American Prize in Performance.

As a collaborative artist, Kevin Kwan Loucks has appeared in recitals with Rachel Barton Pine, Colin Carr, Paul Coletti, Robert deMaine, Glenn Dicterow, Karen Dreyfus, Eugene Drucker, Edgar Meyer, Johannes Moser, Kyung Sun Lee, and Carol Wincenc. He has been featured in collaborations with the Afiara, Argus, Arneis, Cecilia, Jupiter, Lyris, and Rus String Quartets, and has performed and recorded as a member of Gruppo Montebello, an all-star ensemble of acclaimed Banff Centre resident artists based in Canada. Loucks has performed hundreds of recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his wife, violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, as part of the award-winning Krechkovsky/Loucks Duo. In 2012, the Duo formed Trio Céleste with cellist Ross Gasworth and served as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine where they also directed the annual Trio Céleste Summer Chamber Music Festival.

A Korean-American adoptee and graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Kevin Kwan Loucks was mentored by pianist Julian Martin. He is an alumnus of programs at the Aspen Music Festival and Music@Menlo, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he served as Head of Piano for the Pre-College Division and Teaching Assistant for the Emerson String Quartet. He is Co-Founder of Chamber Music | OC, which earned him recognition from Orange County Business Journal and OC Weekly who named him one of Southern California’s most influential people. In addition to his artistic training, Loucks holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University where he studied entrepreneurship, finance, management, and strategy, and completed his Executive Education at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He previously served as Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and Director of Innovation and Program Development at the Music Academy of the West. He currently serves as CEO of Chamber Music America in New York City, dividing his time between New York and Orange County.