Fair Trade Ensemble
Sunday, October 18 at 5 PM MAP IT
The opening concert of MOSA's 15th season will feature the Fair Trade Trio in Beethoven’s dramatic String Trio in C minor, Jennifer Higdon’s String Trio in celebration of the completion of their first recording of her piece, and Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor with pianist Taisiya Pushkar.
Ludwig van Beethoven - String Trio Op. 9, No. 3 in C minor
Jennifer Higdon - String Trio
Johannes Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Fair Trade Trio
·· Ashley Windle, violin
·· Kallie Ciechomski, viola
·· Jeanette Stenson, cello
Taisiya Pushkar, piano
About the performersThe Fair Trade Trio is comprised of the three founding members of the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society. Since their inception, the trio has performed concerts in the New York City area, including many educational concerts for area schools and music programs, and toured the Pacific Northwest. Highlights of our upcoming season include a world premiere of our newly commissioned piece by composer Emily Doolittle and a return to the Pacific Northwest in 2017. We genuinely enjoy working together and look forward to many more performances as a trio and in concerts with our favorite collaborative colleagues!
Violinist Ashley Windle is an active chamber musician and experienced orchestral musician. She has served as a tenured member of the Reading Symphony Orchestra first violin section where she also frequently performed as Concertmaster and Assistant Concertmaster. Prior to moving to New York, she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she performed with world-renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Gustavo Dudamel. As a chamber musician, she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s Musicorps program where she developed and performed educational concerts as a member of a string quintet. She has performed as a member of the MuSE string quartet, including premiering several works by young composers. Originally from Canada, she earned her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and completed both a Graduate Performance Diploma and a Bachelor degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Violist Kallie Ciechomski is a member of Hotel Elefant and Ensemble sans maître, and performs with International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Contemporaneous, TAK, and Ensemble Signal. Concert highlights include her solo debut with New World Symphony as part of their John Cage festival, the world premiere of Drake Andersen’s viola concerto Spring Flow, and her solo debut at (le) poisson rouge with Hotel Elefant. Feminist Counterpoint, Kallie’s solo project, focuses on pieces that have been written in her lifetime by composers who are women. Through this project, she has commissioned seven new works, advocated for underrepresented voices, and reached new audiences through 15 lecture/recitals this year, including a two week West Coast solo tour. An avid chamber musician, Kallie is the violist of Osso String Quartet, violinist/violist with electro-acoustic band The Sound and the Light, and a founding member of the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society. She has been featured on NPR twice, both as a soloist and chamber musician.
Cellist Jeanette Stenson has performed in world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, Zankel Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Minnesota’s Orchestra Hall and has had the pleasure of working under the direction of artists such as Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Osmo Vänskä, and Pinchas Zukerman. Ms. Stenson continues to pursue an active performance career as an orchestral musician, chamber artist, and recitalist. She has worked with many orchestras including the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, and the 101 Dalmatians Musical. She is co-founder of the Morningside String Trio and is an eager collaborator who has worked with ensembles such as the Leora Chamber Orchestra, MuSE String Quartet, and the New Triad for Collaborative Arts Project. Ms. Stenson holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota.
Described as ‘a graceful pianist’, with an ‘impeccable sense of timing’, Taisiya Pushkar enjoys a vibrant career as a collaborative pianist. Having performed extensively in Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Canada and the United States as a recitalist and in collaboration with many leading singers and instrumentalists, Taisiya is in demand as a dynamic performer and a sensitive collaborator. Most notably, a long-time musical partnership with the cellist Amber Docters van Leeuwen has led to the recording of their debut CD, which has been released on the Brilliant Classics label. Together, the duo has made their debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Last season, Taisiya has appeared on the acclaimed “What Makes it Great?” series at Merkin Concert Hall with Rob Kapilow, performing Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata for violin and piano. Dr. Taisiya Pushkar holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin College, and a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree.