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Canadian clarinetist Pascal Archer returns to Americas Society with his Exponential Ensemble for a program featuring the Adaskin String Trio and guest violinst Annie Trépanier.
|Ludwig van Beethoven||String Trio in G Major, op. 9 no. 1|
|Murray Adaskin (1905-2002)||Divertimento no. 9 for string trio|
|Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960)||The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind|
Pascal Archer, clarinet
Annie Trépanier, violin
The Adaskin String Trio
Emlyn Ngai, violin
Steve Larson, viola
Mark Fraser, cello
Pascal Archer with Adaskin String Trio perform Crusell Quartet, op. 2, no. 1
About the artists
Hailed by The New York Times as an "outstanding clarinetist," Pascal Archer leads an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and teaching artist. He is the founder and artistic director of Exponential Ensemble, a mixed chamber music ensemble inspired by music and mathematics. He is currently Principal Clarinet and board member of the Northeaster Pennsylvania Philharmonic and Principal Clarinet of the Long Island Philharmonic. He is also a former member of the New World Symphony, with whom he performed for four seasons under Michael Tilson Thomas.
In recent years he has collaborated with the JACK and St. Lawrence string quartets, New York Wind Soloists, and Adaskin String Trio, and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. He has performed at such renowned festivals as Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Monadnock, UBS Verbier Orchestra, Spoleto USA, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, where he performed under James Levine, Charles Dutoit, and David Robertson.
Archer is on faculty at Manhattan School of Music Precollege, Hunter College (CUNY), Fordham University, and the New York Summer Music Festival. Originally from Québec, Canada, Archer holds degrees from Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Université de Montréal (BM), Indiana University, and Manhattan School of Music (Masters in Orchestral Performance). His former teachers include Jean Laurendeau, André Moisan, Eli Eban, and Mark Nuccio.
The dynamic Adaskin String Trio, all natives of Canada, met in Montreal as students of founding Orford Quartet cellist Marcel Saint-Cyr. They were ensemble-in-residence at The Hartt School (CT) for two years, where they worked with the Emerson Quartet. The ensemble takes its name from Murray Adaskin, one of Canada's most loved and respected composers, and his brothers, also important figures in the Canadian music scene. Currently based in New England, the trio commands a large string trio repertoire encompassing Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to Dohnany, Rozsa, Villa-Lobos, Schnittke, and many contemporary composers, including commissioned works from Murray Adaskin, Robert Carl, and David Macbride, among others. The trio also collaborates frequently with other musicians, including pianist Sally Pinkas, with whom they have performed masterworks from the piano quartet repertoire; recent collaborations include oboist Thomas Gallant, guitarist Eliot Fisk, bassist Robert Black, and accordion virtuoso Joseph Petric, with whom they commissioned Raymond Luedeke's Tango Dreams.
The trio recorded the complete Beethoven String Trios (Musica Omnia) to critical acclaim from the American Record Guide ("Highly desirable...strongly recommended") and Gramophone: "Superb playing...a flexible command of flow and phrase with instrumental power and eloquence and a nutty tonal richness...the Trio savours the sensuality of Beethoven's string writing and the intoxicating profusion of tunes while plumbing the emotional depths that lie beneath." In 2008, MSR Classics released a recording of Adaskin and Pinkas performing Fauré's piano quartets.
Violinist Annie Trépanier's playing has been hailed by The Boston Globe as "supercharged, clear-headed, yet soulful." She is a founding member of the acclaimed Avery Ensemble and has performed throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Her recent recording with the Avery Ensemble of piano quartets by Mahler, Schnittke, and Brahms was a favorite of classical.net: "gorgeous...the performers clearly have passionate feelings about what they are playing. This is what loving music is all about." She is regularly broadcasted on Radio Canada, CBC, and NPR and has recorded for CRI, New World, Ongaku, and Zephyr. She is a former member of the New World Trio and the Diabelli String Quartet and has appeared as a guest in the Copenhagen and Adaskin String Trios. She holds degrees from McGill University, University of Ottowa, and The Hartt School, and she studied chamber music with members of the Orion, Emerson, Cleveland, and Orford String Quartets. Trépanier is currently on faculty of the Hotchkiss School and performs and teaches every summer at the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia.