November 13, 2022

Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson and friends with Anna Polonsky, piano, and Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola

7:30 PM at the Sunset Center | Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

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Program

W.A. Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478 

N. Ngwenyama “Elegy” CMMB co-commission 

A. Dvořák Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, op. 87

“… the greatest piano trio on the face of the Earth… in everything from effortless virtuosity to striking originality...” 

— Washington Post (about the KLR Trio)


"...a strong, sure partner, played with fluid clarity. The ear was drawn to the piano..."

— The New York Times (about Ms. Polonsky)


"...sounds get along not necessarily through traditional harmonic consonance... but through a kind of rightness of being."

— Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times (about Ms. Ngwenyama)

Members

Jaime Laredo, violin 

Sharon Robinson, cello 

Anna Polonsky, piano (Guest) 

Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola and composer (Guest)

About The Ensemble

Jamie Laredo and Sharon Robinson are the remaining members of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. After four decades of success the world over, 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, consistently bringing technical mastery, expressive depth, and magnetism to the concert stage. 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.


Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, Daedalus, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, and Jaime Laredo.


Born in Los Angeles, California of Zimbabwean-Japanese parentage, Nokuthula Endo Ngwenyama (No-goo-TOO-lah En-doh En-gwen-YAH-mah) has performed at the White House and testified before Congress on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). An avid educator, she served as visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also served as director of the Primrose International Viola Competition and is past president of the American Viola Society. She curates Composer’s Choice, a co-production of ASU/Kerr Cultural Center, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, and Peace Mama Productions (PMP). It features 21st-century music and its creators – from the concert hall to television.