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Eroica Trio Erika Nickrenz, Susie Park, Sara Sant’Ambrogio Grammy® Nominated Int'l Chamber Musicians
Left to Right: Erika Nickrenz, Susie Park, Sara Sant’Ambrogio
14 Questions, Eroica Trio Biography, Discography, Contact Information with Music, Video, and Pictures
The Eroica Trio is scheduled to play for the Sarasota Concert Association, February 15, 2010 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
1. Who or what was your biggest influence when you began to play the piano?
(Erika Nickrenz) I would have to say Abbey Simon, the great pianist. I started hearing him live in Carnegie Hall when I was 7, started playing for him when I was 9, started a fan club for him when I was 12, and became his pupil at The Juilliard School for 6 years!
2. What was it like to be nominated for a Grammy®?
(Erika Nickrenz) It was incredibly exciting and a great honor to be nominated for (2) Grammys! We had such fun going to LA, walking down the red carpet in our silver gowns, hearing the music live and meeting famous artists from all genres. That year we were up against Anne-Sophie Mutter playing Sonatas so we didn't go home with the trophy, alas! I have to say I kind of don't agree that a two-person Sonata qualifies as Chamber Music, but that probably makes me sound like sour grapes.
(Sara Sant'Ambrogio) It was an incredible thrill to be nominated for a Grammy Award. The recognition that something you have done has touched enough people to have them remember you is such an honor. It was even more exciting when I won a Grammy! Winning a Grammy is so unexpected, it is almost like winning the Lottery. There are so many amazing artists putting out recordings of every different style that to have a majority agree that your is the "best" is almost unreal.
3. What location in the world do you feel the most comfortable performing?
(Susie Park) I find that wherever a great audience, great performances happen. No matter if it's on the Amazon, in the middle of the desert, or your own hometown! If you feel the audience is enjoying themselves, it is natural that you will enjoy yourself and vice versa!
4. What are your favorite pieces to perform?
(Susie Park) I try and give each and every piece everything I have, mentally, emotionally, physically, so whatever piece/pieces I'm currently performing are my favourite!
(Erika Nickrenz) I agree with Susie but if I HAD to say, it would likely be a work of Brahms or Schubert.
5. What are your future plans with touring?
(Erika Nickrenz) We love to seek out new audiences and cultures. One of the most amazing experiences we had performing was for the Vietnamese in Hanoi, where they only had one concert a year at the time. There were thousands of people in the streets stopped on their bicycles listening! We would love to reach out to more listeners in "extreme" destinations.
6. When not performing, how do you relax?
(Susie Park) We all individually enjoy doing different things. I enjoy creating things other than music including knitting, garment design and food!
(Erika Nickrenz) Believe it or not with all of the travel I do with the trio, I love to travel when I am not working too! Also I garden a bit and collect antiques. I try to work out almost daily. I have an 8 year old son who also keeps quite busy!
(Sara Sant'Ambrogio) Performing is in many ways a stress reliever for me because I have so much fun doing it. I often feel as if I am in a very deep meditative state while on stage so when I finish I feel simultaneously energized and relaxed! When I am not performing I enjoy downhill skiing, sailing, hiking, running, cooking for dinner parties with my friends and reading.
7. What advice would you give to a young person beginning a career in orchestra or chamber music that you would want to be told when you were their age?
(Susie Park) Practice hard and don't give up! Be creative in how you envision your career as a musician. Don't limit yourself to roads others have taken. There really isn't just one way to achieve your goal.
(Sara Sant'Ambrogio) My Father gave me some great advice when I was little. He said to concentrate on trying to do what I do the best that I can, and not to think about what anyone else is doing. Your sole challenge is your own doubts not someone else. Figure out what is special about you and make your niche.
8. During a performance, did the instrument you were playing misbehave?
(Erika Nickrenz) So many times! I think the funniest was when the lid of the piano came crashing down and then broke. I nearly decapitated Sara! I screamed and stood up like a shot. Apparently there was only one paper clip holding the lid in place! Also there was another time when the pedals came off while I was playing the last movement of the Smetana trio- and I kept going even though it was was pretty dry without the pedal! the audience loves these moments of course...
(Sara Sant'Ambrogio) I have broken strings and bows on stage and had to leave to replace them while the audience waited. One hopes that will not happen, but if it does, it sometimes adds a little extra excitement to the event!
9. If you could improve on a piece that has been written, how do you go about doing that?
(Susie Park) As a Trio we might tweak arrangements for example as we familiarize ourselves with them. Sometimes notes will be out of our instrument's ranges, dynamics can be modified to bring out the the principal voice or dampen the secondary/tertiary voice, or harmonically the intention of the arranger will be clearer if we change a note or two.
10. What is it like from preparing for a tour to stage?
(Susie Park) Before we meet for first rehearsal, we individually take our parts and score and practice/study it to be as prepared for our first reading of the piece. We then spend hours as an ensemble to democratically unite our voices into one coherent and convincing interpretation of the piece. Of course once we take the stage, we must have a strong unified foundation to then jump off of and be spontaneous and free. One of the great joys in performance is feeling that you know each other so well that you can do something unexpected and different and your counterparts will be right there and almost read your mind!
11. What was your most memorable experience during a tour?
(Susie Park) One of my memorable experiences was having my E string break on stage whilst performing and having to run off to change it. Sara and Erika did a fine job keeping the stage warm and started performing a piece without me! Once my violin was restrung and sat down and joined in as they were playing.
12. How did you, Susie and Sara meet?
(Erika Nickrenz) Sara and I have been playing together since we were 12 years old! Our parents worked together at the time- my mother, Joanna Nickrenz, was producing records for St.Louis Symphony where Sara's dad, John Sant'Ambrogio, was principal 'cellist and they decided to put us together. I studied for 3 summers with Sara's grandmother at her music camp! We met Susie through her our mutual mentor, Jaime Laredo.
13. What question you would want asked of yourself, but have not been asked.
Q: Do you have any new recordings?
A: (Erika Nickrenz) We have a fantastic new album of all-American music out on EMI. It is called "An American Journey" and include works by Bernstein, O'Connor and Gershwin and everything is either written or arranged just for us!
14. What was the most difficult piece to perform? What was the result of that challenge?
(Sara Sant'Ambrogio) I found the most challenging piece to perform was the Khrenikov Concerto no 2 during the finals of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, USSR. The Russians only sent me the music to learn a few weeks before the competition started and did not send me the orchestral score so it was bit like flying blind. Without the score, I did not know what or how many instruments were playing with me at any moment and it was difficult to imagine the sound of the piece as a whole. I also knew that Khrenikov had been responsible for a lot of the political persecution of Dmitri Shostakovich, a composer I admire enormously, so I had a bit of a moral conflict putting my heart and soul into the piece. That said, I always enjoy a challenge and in the end I felt very committed to my performance and felt great about the final result.
15. Who are your favorite composers?
(Sara Sant'Ambrogio) My favorite composer is usually whomever I am playing at that moment. We humans are so multi-faceted that it is wonderful to have so many different styles of music to express all the different emotions we experience! But, I always end up coming back to Johann Sebastian Bach for inspiration. Playing his music shows me the extraordinary heights we humans can attain and encourages me to try and be better at everything I do. I am in awe of his talent.
16. Do you have a favorite opera to watch?
(Susie Park) La Traviata was the first live opera I watched and it moved me to tears, it was a MET production and absolutely stunning.
(Erika Nickrenz) I love any operas written by Wagner or Strauss!
Erika Nickrenz, Piano
Erika Nickrenz, pianist, is a native of New York, where she made her concerto debut in Town Hall at age eleven. Ms. Nickrenz began her studies with German Diez and received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School as a pupil of Abbey Simon; she is an active solo and chamber musician with more than eighty concerts this season. She appeared as soloist with the Jupiter Symphony in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and has toured with Music from Marlboro; as a member of Chamber Soloists USA she toured Tasmania and Australia, resulting in performances at the Sydney Opera House. In 2007 she toured the East Coast with “Charles Wadsworth and Friends” and will join them again in 2008 in concerts that will include a World Premiere of a Piano Quartet by Kenji Bunch. Erika Nickrenz has appeared in many festivals, including Marlboro, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, La Musica and Tanglewood, where she received the prestigious Rockefeller Award.
She has collaborated with many renowned artists including Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Carter Brey, Stanley Drucker, Paula Robison, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and was the founding member of the Walden Horn Trio. Ms. Nickrenz performed solo excerpts from Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in the “Backstage at Lincoln Center” television series, narrated by Hugh Downs; the program was aired on PBS’ opening night of “Live from Lincoln Center”. In May 2003 she participated in the opening of the New York Stock Exchange after performing there as part of the Steinway 150th anniversary celebration. She has recorded several CD’s on the MusicMaster and ASV London labels and now records exclusively for EMI Classics.
Hailed as “prodigiously talented” (Washington Post) and praised for her “freedom, mastery and fantasy” (La Libre, Belgium), Susie Park is gaining worldwide recognition for her emotive range and dynamic stage presence. Concertizing around the world she has appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay in California, all of the major Australian orchestras including those of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania, West Australia and Canberra, Korea’s KBS orchestra, the Lille National Orchestra under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin in France and the Wellington Sinfonia, New Zealand. Recent performances of note include Mozart’s Sinfonie Concertante with Jaime Laredo and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Alice Tully Hall, New York, recitals in Jordan Hall and the Gardner Museum in Boston, a live radio recital for WGBH Boston and appearances in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the 92nd St.Y in New York, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Centre and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
Winner of numerous awards and honours, Miss Park was a Laureate in the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She garnered first prize in the senior division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists, second prize in the junior division of the Henryk Wieniawski/Karol Lipinski Competition, first prize in the Richard Goldner Concerto Competition, the City of Sydney Reg Marsh Award for Most Outstanding String Performer and the Ernest Llewellyn String Award. She took top honours at the national string division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Young Performer’s Award and her performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was televised nationally, earning her the Victorian Premier’s Award.
Susie Park, Violin
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Park is in professional residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre Two. In the 2006-2007 season she performed with such Society members as Wu Han, Gary Hoffman and Ida Kavafian. She has participated in numerous tours with Musicians from Marlboro to critical acclaim as a result of her three consecutive summers in residence at the Marlboro Music Festival. Collaborations include performances with members of the Guarneri Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Samuel Rhodes and Jaime Laredo and her numerous festival appearances include Music from Angelfire in New Mexico, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, England, the Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Austria and Israel’s Keshet Eilon. Ms. Park is also a founding member of ECCO, a conductor-less chamber orchestra comprised of some of the most talented young chamber musicians, soloists and principal string players in major American orchestras. Translating this diversity of experience and virtuosity into a unified ensemble approach, ECCO combines the strength and power of an orchestral ensemble with the personal, intimate nature of chamber music.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Ms. Park first picked up the violin at age three making her solo recital debut at the age of five in a Suzuki showcase. Prior to moving to the US, Ms. Park studied in the preparatory division of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has taken master classes with, amongst others, Yehudi Menuhin, Pinkas Zukerman, Pamela Frank and Steven Isserlis. Ms. Park holds her Bachelor of Music degree from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music where she studied under the tutelage of renowned violinists Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian. She served as Concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony and as Concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in Carnegie Hall. Ms. Park recently completed her Artist Diploma studies with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory.
Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Cello
Grammy Award-winning Sara Sant’Ambrogio first leapt to international attention when she was a winner at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Violoncello Competition in Moscow, Russia. As a result of her medal, Carnegie Hall invited Ms. Sant’Ambrogio to perform a recital that was filmed by CBS News as part of a profile about her, which was televised nationally. The New York Times described Ms. Sant’Ambrogio’s New York debut as “sheer pleasure.”
Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as Atlanta, Boston Pops, Dallas, St. Louis, and Moscow State Philharmonic, she has performed throughout the world at major music centers and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Marlboro, Seattle and Great Mountains in Korea. Always looking to expand the audience and the boundaries of classical music, Sara has collaborated with the New York City Ballet in seven highly successful sold-out concerts at Lincoln Center performing The Bach Cello Suites. She has appeared with such diverse artists as Rufus Wainwright in the inauguration of a new concert series at The National Arts Club in New York City to the Rock group VAST with whom she recorded. Sara playing has been featured on movie soundtracks including her own arrangement of Delibes’ Lakme Duet on the documentary Jones Beach Boys.
Ms. Sant’Ambrogio started cello studies with her father John Sant’Ambrogio, principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony, and at the age of 16 was invited on full scholarship to study with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music. Three years later world renowned cellist Leonard Rose invited Ms. Sant’Ambrogio to study at The Julliard School; within weeks of arriving, she won the all-Julliard Schumann Cello Concerto Competition, resulting in the first of many performances at Lincoln Center.
Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has won numerous international competitions, including The Whitaker, Dealey, Artists International, and Palm Beach competitions. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio won a Grammy Award for her performance of Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcarolles” on Koch Records. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has been the subject of 2 PBS documentaries and has had 4 music videos playing internationally on Classic FM TV.
Miss Sant’Ambrogio is playing on a Matteo Goffriller cello, 1715, Venice, on extended loan through the generous efforts of The Samsung Foundation of Culture and The Stradivari Society of Chicago. Inspired by this magnificent cello, Sara has followed up on the success of her last solo release, DREAMING, by recording the Bach Solo Cello Suites on the Goffriller for release in October 2008 on Sebastian Records.
Eroica Trio Biography
The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy®-nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their performances of depth and precision. The Trio won the prestigious 1991 Naumburg Award, resulting in a highly successful Lincoln Center debut and has since toured the United States, Europe, and Asia. While maintaining their demanding concert schedule, the Eroica Trio has released seven critically lauded recordings for Angel/EMI Classics Records, garnering multiple Grammy® nominations. This season, the Trio plans to record its eighth CD for EMI, an all-American album.
The Eroica Trio performs the Beethoven Triple Concerto more frequently than any other trio in the world, having appeared with renowned symphonies such as Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Houston and Seattle. In addition, The Trio has performed the work abroad with Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi in Spain, Haydn Orchestra in Italy, Budapest Symphony in Germany, and on tour in the United States with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, culminating in a Lincoln Center performance. The Trio appeared on the German television program “Klassich!” performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Munich Symphony, which was aired throughout Europe.
The Eroica Trio is on the vanguard of a new generation of artists who are changing the face of classical music. One of the first all-female chamber ensembles to reach the top echelon of its field, the Eroica Trio is helping to break an age-old gender barrier. As the Chicago Sun Times remarked, “Our image of the piano trio is largely formed by groups like the celebrated [original] Beaux Arts, three middle-aged gentlemen who apply their wisdom and artistry to their chosen repertory. That image is about to change.” The Trio took its name from Beethoven’s passionate Third Symphony. Italian for “heroic,” eroica is a word that aptly reflects the ensemble’s approach to music. As critics have noted, “It’s been decades since this country has produced a chamber music organization with this much passion.” (The San Francisco Examiner)
The Trio has established a unique identity by creating innovative programs that span 300 years of music. A typical Eroica Trio concert might include the Baroque symmetries of Vivaldi, the passion of Brahms, and Paul Schoenfield’s contemporary Café Music with its echoes of jazz, spiritual and theatre music. The Eroica Trio is a strong champion of new composers; each season includes an American or world premiere of a new work. Most recently, the Trio presented the world premiere of Poets and Prophets, a piece composed for the Trio by Mark O’Connor and commissioned by Katherine Gould for the Montalvo Center for the Performing Arts in Saratoga, CA.
As the 1997 official representative for New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Eroica Trio opened the sold-out “Distinctive Debuts” series at Weill Recital Hall. This touring series, created to showcase rising stars of classical music, was internationally sponsored by a consortium of European halls and included performances at Konzerthaus in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philharmonie in Cologne, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Symphony Hall at ICC in Birmingham, and Konserthus in Stockholm. The Eroica’s performances were received with rave reviews. “The Trio plays with technical flair, raw, driven energy and high spirits. The ensemble also has plenty of charm and stage presence. It was obvious that all three musicians were having as much fun as the [Carnegie Hall] audience.” (The Wall Street Journal)
Immediately following its acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 1997, the Eroica Trio was offered an exclusive five-record contract by Angel/EMI Classics Records, which was extended in 2002 to include three additional recordings. The Trio’s self-titled debut CD, which features works by Ravel, Benjamin Godard, a commissioned arrangement of the Gershwin Preludes, and Paul Schoenfield’s Café Music, was awarded NPR Performance Today’s “Debut Recording of the Year” and featured in Time Out New York’s “Top Ten Recordings” of 1997. The ensemble’s second disc, “Dvorak/Shostakovich/Rachmaninoff” released in the fall of 1998, concentrates on the works of those composers, as well as the Trio’s own arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, and was nominated for two Grammy® Awards. The New York Times noted: “Eroica’s musicians have the muscle to be purely dramatic and emotional, but here they stand out for subtler reasons: all three players are soloists who have a lot to say, and every note, no matter how light, has some significance.” The Eroica Trio’s critically acclaimed third recording, “Baroque” was released in November 1999 and spent the next nine months in the top 20 on Billboard’s charts. “Baroque” includes works by Bach, Vivaldi and the Eroica Trio’s own arrangement of Albinoni’s Adagio. The ensemble’s next album, “Pasión” was released in October 2000 and features Argentinean, Brazilian and Spanish composers, including Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and Turina. The Trio’s fifth album for Angel/EMI Classics Records, “Brahms Trios Nos. 1 & 2” was released in January 2002 to great critical acclaim. This disc features the composer’s lullaby arranged for piano trio by Sara Sant’Ambrogio. The Trio’s sixth recording for Angel/EMI, “Beethoven’s Triple Concerto Op. 56 and Piano Trio Op. 11” was recorded with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and released in October 2003. The release came just prior to a four-week coast-to-coast tour of the United States with that celebrated ensemble, catapulting this particular piece into Billboard’s Top 20 for the first time in recording history.
In addition to its demanding concert and recording schedule, the Eroica Trio is committed to music education, giving concerts, master classes and special children’s shows at schools and colleges throughout the country. Each summer, the Trio performs at music festivals throughout the world, including the Hollywood Bowl, Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, and Spoleto, Italy.
The Eroica Trio has appeared on numerous television programs, including ABC’s The View, CNN’s Showbiz Today, CBS and ABC News, the CBS Morning Show and Saturday Morning, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, The Isaac Mizrahi Show, Pure Oxygen, Bloomberg TV and Fox’s The Crier Report. In addition, the ladies will be featured in the international broadcast of The Artists’ Way At Work, an in-depth exploration of artistic creativity. Eroica!, a special documentary about the Trio and its commissioning of a new triple concerto by Kevin Kaska, premiered on the PBS series Independent Lens in December 2003.
The group has been featured in such magazines as Elle, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Detour, Marie Claire, Gotham, Entrée, Bon Appétit, Time Out New York, Gramophone, Piano, Vivace, Auditorium, and Chamber Music. In addition, the ladies have graced the covers of magazines as diverse as Fanfare, Cigar, Strings, Tall, and Strad. Grand Marnier® created a new cocktail dubbed “The Eroica” which was unveiled for the release of the “Pasión” recording. Chateau Sainte Michelle, a vineyard in Seattle, also named one of their vintage Rieslings in honor of the Trio.
In September 2006, the Eroica Trio announced with great excitement that Susie Park will permanently replace Adela Peña as the Trio’s violinist. Park began playing with the group unofficially during the summer of 2006 while Peña was struggling with a fatigue-related injury to her hand. Hailed as "prodigiously talented" by The Washington Post, Park is widely known for her emotive range and dynamic stage presence.
The women who make up the Eroica Trio are all top-ranked, award-winning soloists and have performed on many of the world’s great stages. Pianist Erika Nickrenz, who made her concerto debut at New York’s Town Hall at the age of 11, was a featured soloist on the PBS series Live from Lincoln Center. A recipient of the Rockefeller Tanglewood Fellowship, she began her studies with German Diez and received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School as a pupil of Abbey Simon. Nickrenz was a soloist with the Jupiter Symphony in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and in the spring of 2003 gave a performance and rang the opening bell for New York Stock Exchange as part of Steinway’s 150th anniversary celebration. She has recorded several CDs on the MusicMaster and ASV London labels and now records exclusively for Angel/EMI Classics A native of Sydney, Australia, Susie Park's international lauds include top prizes in the Indianapolis, Menuhin and Wieniawski International Violin Competitions. Concertizing around the world, her major solo appearances include collaborations with the Indianapolis Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes in New York, Memphis Symphony, Australian orchestras including those of Sydney and Melbourne, Korea's KBS orchestra, the Lille Orchestre National and in venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 92nd Street Y and Boston's Gardner Museum. She made her solo debut at the age of five and holds her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied under Jaime Laredo and her Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory where she studied with Donald Weilerstein.
Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio’s international successes include winning a medal at the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Violoncello Competition in Moscow, resulting in tours across North America, Europe, and the Middle East, culminating in a recital at Carnegie Hall which was broadcast on national television. She has performed with the Boston, Atlanta, St. Louis and Dallas Symphonies among others. Sant'Ambrogio has won a Grammy® Award for her recording of Leonard Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcaroles.” In addition, she has enjoyed collaborating on rock, pop and jazz CDs and movie soundtracks. Her solo CD, “Dreaming” was released on Sebastian Records in September 2004, and her latest CD of the Bach Solo Cello Suites will be released in 2007.
The ladies of the Eroica Trio share many personal and musical connections; indeed, Nickrenz, Park and Sant'Ambrogio's paths have crossed at many artistic junctions. When they were just 12 years old, Erika and Sara studied both piano and chamber music with Isabelle Sant’Ambrogio, Sara’s grandmother. As teenagers, Erika and Sara coached chamber music with Sara’s father and first teacher, John Sant’Ambrogio, principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony. In the early years of the Eroica Trio, coaches included Mr. Sant’Ambrogio as well as Erika’s father, the noted violist Scott Nickrenz. Since the Trio signed with Angel/EMI Classics Records, five of its CDs were produced by Erika’s mother, three-time Grammy® Award winner Joanna Nickrenz. Park and Sant'Ambrogio both attended the Curtis Institute of Music, and all three women performed at the Marlboro Music Festival and toured nationally with Music from Marlboro. Jaime Laredo, a teacher and mentor of Park's, was instrumental in bringing Sara to Curtis and presented the Eroica Trio's New York debut. Many years ago, Park's teacher, Donald Weilerstein, formed a piano quintet with Nickrenz's mother (pianist Joanna Nickrenz) and father (violist Scott Nickrenz) and two others, the New Chamber Quintet.
During the 2008-2009 season, in addition to performing in traditional venues internationally, the Eroica Trio will be playing in nightclubs on a cross country tour, introducing their music to new audiences. The first tour will coincide with the release of the Trio's eighth CD for EMI featuring all-American music, "An American Journey", with new arrangements of music from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" and Bernstein's "West Side Story" commissioned by the Eroica. Also on the CD will be Mark O'Connor's "Poets and Prophets", written for Eroica and inspired by the music of Johnny Cash. Their International tours include Germany with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and 11 concerts in New Zealand. A highlight of the trio's repertoire for the season will be a new trio commissioned for them by Kevin Puts, entitled "Trio Sinfonia".
An American JourneyLeonard Bernstein (Composer), George Gershwin (Composer), Mark O'Connor (Composer), Eroica Trio (Performer)
|The Grammy®-Nominated Eroica Trio presents a stirring all-American program for their latest album, An American Journey. Along with new arrangements of Porgy and Bess and West Side Story, the album features the premiere recording of Mark O'Connor's "Poets and Prophets," inspired by the music and spirit of country legend Johnny Cash! The most sought-after trio in the world, the Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm, and sensual elegance. An American Journey is also the first album with new member Susie Parks (violin), joining founding members Sara Sant-Ambrogio (cello) Erika Nickrenz (piano)!|