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Fischer and friends perform in trio

Jessica Freeman
Aspen, CO Colorado
Violinist Julia Fischer performs Thursday in a trio with cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott and pianist Jonathan Gilad at the Benedict Music Tent. She will also perform with the Aspen Festival Orchestra on Sunday, July 29. (Courtesy AMFS)

ASPEN ” Violinist Julia Fischer, cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott, and pianist Jonathan Gilad each have thriving solo careers, but a mutual love of chamber works has yielded a magical musical collaboration among friends.

The three began playing together for fun a few years ago after Fischer introduced the cellist and pianist, each of whom had already been longtime friends of hers. Gilad says they often practiced at Fischer’s home in Germany, and over time, a successful musical trio, as well as a strong friendship, blossomed. The collaboration has resulted in a 2006 recording of Mendelssohn’s first and second piano trios, as well as the opportunity to play all over the world, including a performance at the Aspen Music Festival and School on Thursday.

” It is very interesting with our trio because all three of us are very successful soloists, and we take a little bit of our time to dedicate to chamber music,” Gilad said. “It’s really a pleasure to take the time to do that. Every one of us has our own personality and thoughts about the pieces, and to share that in rehearsals and concerts is just a dream because it’s a pleasure and we learn a lot.”

Mueller-Schott and Gilad agree that playing in a trio of top-quality young musicians makes for a unique and exciting experience.

Twenty-four-year-old Fischer has already made nine recordings and has been honored with several awards for her musicianship, including winning the 1995 Yehudi Menuhin competition and the 2005 Beethoven ring. Mueller-Schott won the 1992 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians at age 15 and has since toured world-wide and performed with major symphonies from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the New Japan Philharmonic. Twenty-six-year-old Gilad has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, and does regular recitals in Europe, London, and New York.

Together, the trio performed for Mozart’s 250th birthday last year in his hometown of Salzburg, Austria, with Fischer and Gilad using instruments that belonged to the legendary composer. For Thursday’s Aspen performance, they will play one of the works that they performed in Salzburg, Mozart’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, along with Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-flat major, and one of their recorded pieces, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2.

The program presents three diverse and contrasting works, noted Mueller-Schott, describing the Mozart piece as more upbeat, while the Mendelssohn trio is a journey through emotion and style. The Beethoven piano trio will be a new experience, as it is a premiere for the group.

” I hope the audience has an experience they won’t forget easily,” Mueller-Schott said. ” I think with all of the pieces as the listener, you have to walk away and find yourself moved by the music to find out something behind the notes. There’s such a big message and story behind what we want to express in the music, and hopefully it will find the listeners and capture them.”


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