Bedrich Smetana - Trio in G minor, op. 15
Johannes Brahms - Trio in C major, Op. 87
Violinist Arkady Fomin was born in Riga, Latvia, where he received his musical training at the Latvian State Conservatory with the legendary Latvian pedagogue, Voldemar Sturestep. A founder of Clavier Trio, Mr. Fomin has collaborated in performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Borok, Shlomo Mintz, Atar Arad, David Korevaar, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Andrew Litton and the late Steven De Groote. As violinist and conductor, Mr. Fomin performs in Russia, Latvia, Europe, Japan, and throughout the United States. A member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Fomin is also Artistic Director of the New Conservatory of Dallas, and Artistic Director of Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado. Arkady Fomin is recipient of the Cowlishaw Artist-in-Residence Award for artistic achievement and contributions to the City of Dallas. Mr. Fomin performs on an 1860 JB Vuillaume violin.
Cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi performs as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Recent concerto engagements include the symphony orchestras of Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Texas Christian University; Cannes (France), Aarhus (Denmark), Xalapa, Aguascalientes, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony in Lima (Peru). His performances have been broadcast on BBC World, Japanese, Korean and French public television, in national radio broadcasts in Denmark and Israel, and in the USA on WQXR, WGBH and National Public Radio.
Dr. Castro-Balbi is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Lyon (France), Indiana University at Bloomington, Yale, and The Juilliard School. His mentors include Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker. Dr. Castro-Balbi is currently Professor of Cello at Texas Christian University, where he is also the director of the TCU Cello Ensemble and the artistic director of the Faculty & Friends Chamber Music Series.
Pianist David Korevaar is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado. In addition to his activities with Clavier Trio, he is a member of the Boulder Piano Quartet. Korevaar performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and teaches and performs in Japan annually. His recordings include solo music by Bach, Dohnányi, Brahms, Ravel, Liebermann and others. David Korevaar began piano studies at age six in San Diego with Sherman Storr, and at age 13 became a student of American virtuoso Earl Wild. By 20, he had earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, where he continued with Earl Wild and studied composition with David Diamond. For a number of years, he worked with the French pianist Paul Doguereau. He completed his doctorate at Juilliard under Abbey Simon and received the Richard French award for his dissertation on Ravel’s Miroirs.