(NEW LEBANON, N.Y.) – On Sunday, May 27, 2012, at 3pm, the Martinez-Urioste-Brey Trio will launch the 22nd season of Tannery Pond Concerts with a concert featuring music by Beethoven (Piano Trio in D major, Opus 70, No. 1; also known as the ‘Ghost’), Paul Schoenfield (Cafe Music) and Ravel (Trio in A minor). Formed in the summer of 2011, the Martinez-Urioste-Brey Trio are three highly skilled chamber musicians who also enjoy successful careers on the orchestral stage and maintain a commitment to education. The concert takes place in the 1834 Shaker Tannery, a plain barn-like structure of warmly resonant wood unusually favorable to the sounds of chamber music, on the grounds of the Darrow School.
Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s conductor, called Venezuelan pianist Gabriella Martinez a “genius.” She is a prizewinner in the Anton G. Rubinstein and Van Cliburn international piano competitions and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. Martinez is a concert artist faculty member at New Jersey’s Kean University, where she regularly performs chamber music concerts.
Violinist Elena Urioste is a veteran of the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla, Two Moors, and Sarasota music festivals, among others. An accomplished musician whose playing was recently praised for being “passionate, refined and sensitive . . . with a deep reserve of technical ability.” She has performed with many of the leading U.S. and European orchestras, and in chamber-music collaborations with pianists Christopher O’Riley, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, and Mitsuko Uchida; cellists Zuill Bailey and Carter Brey; violinists Shlomo Mintz, and Cho-Liang Lin; and with all members of the Guarneri Quartet. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School.
Carter Brey, the principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic since 1996, lost patience with the squeakiness of the violin at the age of 9, and turned to the cello. For years, as he made his way through The Peabody Institute, Yale University, the cello section of the Cleveland Orchestra, pausing long enough to win the Rostropovich International Cello Competition in 1981, he played on the $750 factory-made instrument he’d had as a beginner.
In 1984 he traded it in for a rare 18th-century Guadganini cello that he wryly refers to as his “million-dollar piece of Italian Renaissance lumber.” During the years before he joined the Philharmonic, he performed as a solo artist throughout the world. His chamber music career is equally distinguished: he has appeared with the Tokyo and Emerson Quartets and made the rounds of the prestigious music festivals. In 2009, Brey and Christopher O’Riley performed for the Tannery Pond audience to great acclaim.
A faculty member at the Curtis Institute, Brey is a graduate of the Peabody Institute and Yale University.
Tickets available at Tannery Pond Concerts or 888-820-1696