The Montrose Trio

The Montrose Trio sitting with instruments in front of a piano

April 24, 2020 | 7:30PM
Mandel Hall

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Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D. 898
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke”

The Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a long and fruitful relationship between pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Tokyo String Quartet. Parker was the quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith led to the Montrose Trio’s creation in 2013. The name "Montrose" comes from Chateau Montrose, a storied Bordeaux wine long favored after concerts, but the name is also a nod to the Montrose Arts District of Houston and the street in Winnipeg where Martin Beaver grew up.

On the program is Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 which was finished in 1828, the last year of his life. To celebrate the composer’s 250thbirthday year, Beethoven’s Op. 97 is on the program. His crowning achievement in the trio genre is commonly referred to as the “Archduke Trio” because of the dedication to Archduke Rudolph of Austria. Rudolph was an amateur pianist, and notable patron and friend of Beethoven’s. Composer Ignaz Moscheles attended the first performance, and praised it for being “full of originality."

The Montrose Trio’s last performance at UChicago Presents was in April of 2018 when they quickly became an audience favorite and were praised by the Chicago Maroon for their “exceptional technical precision and musical sensitivity”. Expect Montrose Trio to deliver another strong finish to our Classic Concert Series in 2020.