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Linfield Lively Arts to host Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Trio con Brio CopenhagenAward-winning classical musicians Trio con Brio Copenhagen will perform Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts Series and presented in partnership with Friends of Chamber Music. The trio features Natalia Prishepenko, violin; Soo-Kyung Hong, cello; and Jens Elvekjaer, piano; performing Piano Trio in E major, K. 542 by W.A. Mozart, Piano Trio in C major by Gaspar Cassadó, and Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 by Felix Mendelssohn.

Trio con Brio Copenhagen first commanded international attention with a performance that took the highest prize at Germany’s prestigious ARD-Munich Competition in 2002. The group is one of only four recipients of the coveted Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, which resulted in appearances in 20 major concert series across the U.S., including at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. They have earned top honors in numerous chamber music competitions, such as Italy’s Premio Vittorio Gui, Norway’s Trondheim Chamber Music Competition, the Danish Radio Competition and more. The performers have each also won top prizes in international solo competitions and appeared as soloists with orchestras and festivals around the world.

The trio has been heard on the BBC, Korean Broadcasting Systems, European Broadcasting Union, Danish Radio, Norwegian Radio, Swedish Radio, Radiotelevisione Italiana and major German networks. Additionally, Soo-Kyung Hong, Elvekjaer and Soo-Jin Hong are the co-founders and artistic directors of the Copenhagen Chamber Music Festival, which they launched in 2011.

Prishepenko, who is substituting for Soo-Jin Hong on this tour, is the leader of Germany’s Artemis Quartet and plays a violin by Joseph Guarneri. Soo-Kyung Hong plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1672. Pianist Jens Elvekjaer is Denmark’s first and only Steinway artist.

The Linfield Lively Arts Series features guest artists in concerts and in outreach activities, including master classes, open rehearsals and “Meet the Musicians” events with students and local audiences.

A reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $10 at the door and free for Linfield students with current ID. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit www.linfield.edu/arts.