posted October 1, 2009

GPS to Feature Storioni Trio from the Netherlands

The Hope College Great Performance Series will feature the Storioni Trio Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The Storioni Trio has established itself as one of the leading Dutch chamber music ensembles, with concerts in Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall and the most prestigious European festivals. The recordings by the Storioni Trio have received great international acclaim.

"NRC Handelsblad," a major Dutch newspaper, has said that "The Storioni Trio [is] the flagship of Dutch Culture."

The members of the piano trio are also artistic directors of the annual Storioni Festival in the Netherlands, during which they perform with colleagues from around the world such as Gidon Kremer, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vladimir Mendelssohn, the Skampa Quartet and many others.

Meneahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio has described the trio as "A group whose quest for perfection is enhanced by their intelligence and sensitivity."

The Storioni Trio was founded in 1995 by Bart van de Roer, piano, Wouter Vossen, violin, and Marc Vossen, cello. The trio derives its name from the Laorentius Storioni violin from Cremona, which dates from 1794 and is played by Wouter Vossen. Marc Vossen plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from Milan, dating from 1700. In order to develop its ensemble-playing, the trio has worked over the years with great musicians such as Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Menahem Pressler, and Ralph Kirshbaum, as well as members of the Emerson Quartet and the Vermeer Quartet.

The Storioni Trio offers an expansive repertoire ranging from Haydn and Mozart via Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Ravel and Shostakovich, to exciting works by contemporary composers. Composer Kevin Volans wrote a triple concerto for the 10th anniversary of the Storioni Trio. The trio has received various prizes and awards, and performs regularly on radio and television. The CDs recorded by the Storioni Trio Amsterdam have all received great critical acclaim.

The trio's performance at HopeCollege will include Haydn's "Piano Trio in E flat minor, H. 31," Felix Mendelssohn's "Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49," and Anton Dvorak's "Piano Trio No. 4 (Dumky)."

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the ticket office in the DeVos Fieldhouse, and cost $17 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

The ticket office is in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.

Additional information may be obtained online by visiting www.hope.edu/gps.