Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things” when they played together for the first time, Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust between the players, which in turn led to exhilarating expressive freedom. And so, in 2011, they formed the Horszowski Trio.
Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, at the Kinhaven Music School over twenty years ago, when they were children. In New York City, they met pianist Rieko Aizawa, who, upon being discovered by the late violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, had made her U.S. concerto debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Their musical bonds were strengthened at various schools and festivals around the world, including the Juilliard School and the Marlboro Festival.
Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist, Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993), at the Curtis Institute. The Trio takes inspiration from Horszowski’s musicianship, integrity, and humanity. Like Horszowski, the Trio presents repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary. In addition, they seek to perform works from the trove of composers with whom Horszowski had personal contact, such as Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Martinu, Villa-Lobos, and Granados.
The Trio’s 2012-2013 engagements included the People’s Symphony, Music Mondays, and New School Concerts series in New York, the Phillips Collection in Washington, the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, the Athenaeum in La Jolla, the Friends of Chamber Music in Troy and Fullerton, the University of Texas in Brownsville, the Bard and Cooperstown festivals, Bargemusic in Brooklyn, and several concerts in India. The 2013-2014 season will include their debut performances in Japan. They will be featured on a recording of music of Dan Visconti, to be released by Bridge Records in 2013.
In 2012 they were appointed the Ensemble-in-Residence at Electric Earth Concerts in New Hampshire. Based in New York City, the members of the Horszowski Trio teach at Columbia University and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.