Music at St. Paul’s presents the Trillium Piano Trio


On Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 3pm, the Trillium Piano Trio will perform for Music at St. Paul’s in a concert featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, Claude Debussy’s Piano Trio in G Major, L. 3, and Franz Schubert’s Sonatensatz in B-flat Major, D. 28. Made up of pianist Yoko Sata Kothari, violinist Ruby Berland, and ‘cellist Susannah Kelly, the Trillium Piano Trio has been a fixture on the Music at St. Paul’s series for several years.

“As we continue our 30th Anniversary Season,” says series director Dr. Paul Cienniwa, “we are very happy to present the Trillium Piano Trio, one of our regular performing ensembles. Having the Trio 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.”

The concert will be preceded by a 2:30pm pre-concert conversation given by pianist Yoko Sata Kothari and Dr. Paul Cienniwa. Tickets are $20 (18 and under FREE) and are available at the door on the day of the concert. For more information on this concert and Music at St. Paul’s 30th Anniversary Season, visit 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.

Connecticut native Susannah Kelly is a member of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and Southwest Florida Symphony, where she served as principal cellist for seven years. She has performed with the New World Symphony, the Florida Orchestra and Sarasota Orchestra and in the northeast with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca, NY), New Haven Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. She has performed throughout the US and abroad as a founding member of the Tarab Cello Ensemble, an octet dedicated to establishing a contemporary repertoire for multiple cellos, including concerto appearances at the Society of Ethical Culture in New York City with the Riverside Symphony and with the Orquesta Sinaloa de los Artes in Culiacan, Mexico.

She has performed at festivals including Tanglewood, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Academie Internationale du Moulin D’Ande in Normandy, France. A Lois Rogers scholar at the Eastman School of Music, she holds a masters and bachelors degree with distinction in cello performance, and, with her quartet, received the 2002 Eastman Chamber Music Award. She continued her studies at the University of South Florida, on a fellowship with the graduate piano trio in-residence, and received a master’s degree in chamber music in 2008. She has recorded for the Bridge, Cantaloupe, Nimbus and Nonesuch labels.