2018 Emerging Artists Showcase: Costanoan Trio

The Costanoan Trio
The Costanoan Trio will perform as part of the Early Music America’s Emerging Artists Showcase, May 24-26, 2018, as part of the Bloomington Early Music Festival.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the members of the Costanoan Trio explore the piano trio repertoire of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with special interests in lesser-known composers and recreating the world of domestic music-making in intimate concert spaces. 
2018 Showcase Program: The Costanoan Trio will present a pastiche piano trio featuring movements from three works by composers of different origins and backgrounds from the turn of the 19th century and showcasing the diversity and transition of styles during that time – from Boccherini’s galant style in the royal court of Spain to young Beethoven’s boldness and virtuosity. This program also features a trio by the well-traveled Anton Reicha, friend of Beethoven and teacher of Liszt, Berlioz and Franck, who mingled German and French aesthetics with flavors from his Czech origins.
Boccherini, Beethoven, and Reicha: Forming a Genre
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    • Adagio—Allegro vivace from Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2 (1795)
  • Anton Reicha (1770-1836)
    • Adagio from Piano Trio (Sonata) in C Major, Op. 47 (1804)
  • Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    • Menuetto militare from Sonata (Trio) in D Major, Op. 12, No. 4 (1781)
  • Beethoven
    • Finale. Presto from Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2 (1795) 

Performer bios

In demand as a conductor and historical keyboardist, Derek Tam performs regularly in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Praised for his “deft” conducting (San Francisco Chronicle), Derek appears frequently with choral and orchestral ensembles. Recent engagements include collaborations with Ars Minerva, Bay Pointe Ballet, and Oakland Ballet. A specialist on historical keyboards, Derek has been lauded as “a master of [the harpsichord]” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Recent concerto appearances include performances with Chamber Music Silicon Valley, Elevate Ensemble, and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. Derek is also a founding member and the harpsichordist of MUSA, a San Francisco–based baroque ensemble.

Baroque violinist and violist Cynthia Black performs at home in the Bay Area and across the United States. She regularly performs with the American Bach Soloists and MUSA Baroque, and other appearances include concerts with Quicksilver, Les Délices, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. She recently completed a doctoral degree in Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University and holds modern viola degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her primary teachers include Julie Andrijeski, Lynne Ramsey, and Robert Vernon.

Since moving to the United States, Swiss-American cellist Frédéric Rosselet has been performing with local ensembles and music festivals such as American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, Chamber Music Silicon Valley and Yellow Barn. Equally at ease on modern and period instruments, he enjoys exploring new repertoire for the cello and discovering early works on baroque cello and viola da gamba. Frédéric studied at both the Basel Music Academy and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, then obtained his DMA from the University of Southern California. He is now on faculty at Santa Clara University.

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