Delray Beach, FL – On Sunday, September 18 at 3pm, the Trillium Piano Trio will perform for Music at St. Paul’s in a concert featuring Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio in one movement in B-flat, D. 28, Beethovens’s Piano Trio No. 3 in c minor, Op. 1, No. 3, and Antonin Dvorák’s Piano Trio No. 3 in f minor, Op. 65, B 130. Made up of pianist Yoko Sata Kothari, violinist Ruby Berland, and ‘cellist Cornelia Brubeck, the Trillium Piano Trio has been a fixture on the Music at St. Paul’s series for several years.
“As we begin our 34th Season,” says series artistic director Dr. David Macfarlane, “we are very happy to present the Trillium Piano Trio, one of our regular performing ensembles. Having world-class performers living among us in Palm Beach County is a real asset to the classical music scene. I hope that everyone comes out to hear this local treasure.”
Tickets are $20 (18 and under FREE) and are available at the door on the day of the concert. Music at St. Paul’s concerts are projected live on a big screen for maximum audience visibility. For more information on this concert and Music at St. Paul’s 30th Anniversary Season, visit www.musicstpauls.org. St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible.
About the performers…
Born in Tokyo, pianist Yoko Sata Kothari began her performing career by winning the Northern Japan Classical Piano Competition at the age of eight. She continued to collect top prizes in Japan, such as the Japan Young Pianist Award and the Machida Piano Competition. Since moving to the United States, she has continued to earn awards for her performances, including
second place in the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, the Kathleen McGowan Piano Scholarship Award, a prize for her outstanding Bartok performance in the Ibla Grand Prize International Competition in Italy, as well as being chosen as one of the finalists in the Simone Belsky International Competition. In May 2017, she won first place in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.
As an active solo performer, Ms. Kothari has been making international appearances, including televised broadcasts in China and a series of performances in Italy, which received high praise. She has released 4 CD recordings, with her latest receiving a glowing review: “Ms. Kothari is both a sensitive and strong pianist…her performance of Lyapunov’s ‘Lesghinka’ is almost note-perfect and effective.” (American Record Guide)
Ms. Kothari holds a performing arts degree from the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan. Her teachers include Takako Maeda, Miwako Tsukada, as well as Dr. Roberta Rust and Phillip Evans at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Aside from her performing career, together with her husband, Dilip, a classical guitarist, Ms. Kothari teaches at her private studio in North Palm Beach.
Ruby Berland began her violin studies at the age of 6 at the Bergen Conservatory of Music in Bergen, Norway. At the age of 14, she made her orchestral debuts with the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra and Florida Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras, and performed in numerous recitals throughout the U.S. and Germany.
She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Berl Senofsky and Victor Danchenko. Later, she went abroad to Germany to study with Andreas Röhn at the Musik Hochschule für Musik and Theater in Hamburg. During her time in Germany, she frequently played in the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra under the directions of Christoph Eschenbach and Günter Wand. She played with them on numerous international tours and festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Lübeck, the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. She also participated in the commercial recordings of Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 and Schnittke’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Gidon Kremer and Christoph Eschenbach.
Currently, Ms. Berland is assistant principal of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and the Palm Beach Symphony, and she is also a member of the Boca Sinfonia Orchestra. More recently, she has been producing a series of recitals consisting of chamber and solo works through her company, Musica con Animé.
Cornelia Brubeck is one of the most active cellists in the South Florida area and frequently performs in numerous venues, including classical and pops orchestra, opera, musical theater, chamber music and recording sessions.Currently Ms. Brubeck is the principal cellist with the Palm Beach Pops and assistant principal for the Palm Beach Opera. In addition Ms. Brubeck serves as the adjunct professor of cello at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. For the past decade she performed with the Atlantic Classical Chamber Orchestra, seven of those years as principal. Ms. Brubeck was the co-founder of the Manchester chamber players, a piano quartet, with whom she toured the states, frequently performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and recorded for the Janus and MNF labels. While residing in the northeast, she was a member of the Albany, Vermont and Berkshire symphonies and served on the faculty of the Manchester music festival and green mountain college. Born, raised and educated in Germany, Ms Brubeck now holds a masters degree in cello performance from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana.