Three artists who have each been acknowledged for bringing a unique voice to their instruments, Grammy-award winning violist Kim Kashkashian, flautist Marina Piccinini, and harpist Sivan Magen met at the Marlboro Music Festival in the summer of 2010. Having discovered an unusually powerful common voice, they decided that their collaboration shouldn’t be limited to one summer only. Tre Voci has since performed across the United States, Mexico, and Europe, with a wide-ranging repertoire that includes many of their own transcriptions, traditional repertoire, and newly commissioned works. In the fall of 2014 they released a recording of works by Debussy, Takemitsu and Gubaidulina, on ECM New Series.
Marina PICCININI, flute
A daring artist with diverse musical interests, virtuoso flutist Marina Piccinini is in demand worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, rich, expansive colors, technical command and elegant, compelling stage presence, Ms. Piccinini has been hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute”.
Ms. Piccinini’s 2015-16 season features several engagements of note: with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra she performs the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto in January 2016, and gives the New York state premiere with the Rochester Philharmonic in February. She makes a five- state US recital tour with pianist Andreas Haefliger, and with her trio, Tre Voci, a five-city East Coast tour. Upcoming engagements during 2016 spring/summerinclude chamber music performances in Germany, recitals with harpist Anneleen Linaerts in Europe, a return to the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland, and the summer festival premiere of the Kernis Concerto with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in August 2016.
Highlights of recent seasons include a highly acclaimed tour with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, performing the Nielsen Flute Concerto; performances at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Center; Tokyo’s Casals and Suntory Halls; the Seoul Arts Center; New York’s Weill Hall at the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Town Hall; the Mozartsaal in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Committed to music of the present, Ms. Piccinini has given first performances of works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Michael Colgrass, Paquito D’Rivera, Matthew Hindson, Miguel Kertsman, Lukas Foss, Michael Torke, John Harbison, David Ludwig and Roberto Sierra.
An active recording artist, Ms. Piccinini’s latest recording is of her own arrangements of the Paganini Caprices for Avie. Other recent recordings include Tre Voci’s acclaimed debut CD on the ECM label; a DVD of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire from the Salzburg Festival a DVD of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire from the Salzburg Festival with Mitsuko Uchida, and the flute sonatas of Prokofiev and Franck with pianist Andreas Haefliger (Avie).
The recipient of numerous awards, Marina Piccinini was the first flutist to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Her career was launched when she won First Prize in the CBC Young Performers Competition in Canada, and a year later, First Prize in New York’s Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Marina Piccinini began her flute studies in Toronto with Jeanne Baxtresser, and later received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker. She also worked with renowned flutists Aurèle Nicolet and Jeanne Baxtresser, and with the tenor Ernst Haefliger in Switzerland.
A staunch supporter of education, Ms. Piccinini regularly gives masterclasses worldwide, and is currently on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany.
Kim KASHKASHIAN, viola
Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo Album, Kim Kashkashian is recognized internationally as a unique voice on the viola. Born in Michigan of Armenian parents, Kashkashian studied with Karen Tuttle and the legendary Walter Trampler at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Her Grammy-awarded recording, “Kurtág/Ligeti Music for Viola,” was released on the renowned ECM New Series label in September 2012.
Kashkashian has worked tirelessly to broaden the range of technique, advocacy and repertoire for the viola. A staunch proponent of contemporary music, she has developed creative relationships with György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, Giya Kancheli and Arvo Pärt; she has also commissioned works from Peter Eötvös, Ken Ueno, Thomas Larcher, Lera Auerbach and Tigran Mansurian.
The Marlboro Festival and the Viennese school represented by her mentor, Felix Galimir, were major influences in developing her love of chamber music. Kim Kashkashian is a regular participant at the Verbier, Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Marlboro and Ravinia festivals.
She has long-standing duo partnerships with pianist Robert Levin and percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, and played in a unique string quartet with Gidon Kremer, Daniel Phillips and Yo-Yo Ma.
As a soloist, Kashkashian has appeared with the great orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York and Cleveland. She has also given recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York, in Boston’s Jordan Hall, as well as in the halls of in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Athens and Tokyo.
Her association with the prestigious ECM label since 1985 has resulted in a rich discography which includes the complete sonatas of Hindemith and Brahms, an album of Argentinian songs, the concertos of Schnittke, Bartók, Penderecki and Kurtág, as well as the Bach viola da gamba sonatas, recorded with Keith Jarrett.
Kim Kashkashian has taught in Bloomington, Indiana and in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany. She now resides with her daughter in Boston, where she teaches chamber music and viola at the New England Conservatory.
Kashkashian is a founding member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to fight hunger in their home communities. To learn more, click here.
Sivan MAGEN, harp
Praised by the press as “a magician” (New York’s WQXR), whose “virtuoso playing conjures an astonishing range of colour and dynamic”(The Daily Telegraph) Sivan Magen is the only Israeli to have ever won the International Harp Contest in Israel. He is also a winner of the Pro Musicis International
Award, and in 2012 was chosen by a committee headed by Dame Mitsuko Uchida as the winner of the Borletti- Buitoni Trust Award. He has appeared as a soloist across the US, South America, Europe and Israel, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Vienna Konzerthaus, and with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. In fall 2014 he was invited to return to Carnegie Hall for a recital marking the American release of his new solo CD, Fantasien, and fall 2015 marks the release of his new album, French Reflections, both for Linn Records.
An avid chamber musician, Magen has performed at the Marlboro, Kuhmo, Giverny, and Jerusalem International Chamber Music festivals, with Musicians from Marlboro, and collaborated with artists such as Nobuko Imai, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Gary Hoffman, Emmanuel Pahud, Susanna Phillips, and members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets. He is a founding member of Israeli Chamber Project and of Trio Tre Voci (with flautist Marina Piccinini and violist Kim Kashkashian). His recordings with the ICP (for Azica) and with Tre Voci (ECM) garnered great critical acclaim, as did his recording with tenor Nicholas Phan (Avie), which was listed in the New York Times “Best of 2012”. His performance of Ravels Introduction and Allegro is featured on Marlboro’s 60th Anniversary CD.
A graduate of the Paris Conservatory and the Juilliard School, Sivan now resides in New York City and teaches at Brooklyn College. He is frequently invited to give masterclasses around the world and has served as a jury member for several international harp competitions.