Gold Medal Winning Trio
The Prima Trio was founded in 2004 while its
members were studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and
made its début at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in
Washington, DC in 2006.
In 2007, the Prima Trio triumphed at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, winning the coveted Grand Prize (out of no fewer than 137 entries from across the country and around the world), as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior Division. In addition, the Prima Trio was awarded a Midwest Winner's Tour and a European début at Italy's Emilia Romagna Festival, as well as a total of $10,500 in prize money. The finals round and a grand-prize winner's concert and reception were held in Leighton Concert Hall at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
In recent seasons the trio returned to Washington, DC with two concerts on the prestigious Dumbarton Oaks series, and performed at the Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA; the Dayton Art Institute; and CityMusic Columbus (celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary). Highlights of past seasons include débuts in Chicago (on the Music in the Loft series) and Cleveland (for the Cleveland Chamber Music Society), and four concerts at Germany's prestigious Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.
Almost unique among trios, the Prima Trio actually plays four instruments, since Gulia Gurevich switches between violin and viola during the concert! Their repertoire ranges from beloved chamber music standards to such exotic gems as Armenian composer Aram Khatchaturian's soulful Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano to S. I. Glick’s festive “The Klezmer’s Wedding.” The “grand finale” of every concert is “Serenade” by American composer Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach)—its uproarious, hoedown-like finale never fails to draw a “laughing ovation”!
“A virtuosic tour de force . . . a whirlwind of joy.” —Palm Beach Daily News