NEW ARTS TRIO
suspended since the death of Jacques
Rebecca Penneys, Piano
Jacques Israelievitch, Violin (1948-2015)
Arie Lipsky, Cello
"Together they work magic"
- Rochester Times
-- The New Yorker
"Playing together with seamless rapport and producing rich symphonic sonorities, the musicians played with singing line, rounded phrases, subtle nuance of tempo and dynamics and eloquent exchanges of musical dialogue." -Cleveland Plain Dealer
"This is one of the most interesting and exciting discs of piano trios, or any chamber music, or any classical music I have ever heard " --Fanfare July/August 2003 CD Review of New Arts Trio in Recital at Chautauqua
"This is a delightful team, with a collective personality that seems to sum up the joy of making music with each other, which, after all,
is the essence of chamber music." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The NEW ARTS TRIO has firmly established itself as one of America's most distinguished piano trios. Since its inception in 1974 as Trio-in-Residence at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the TRIO has performed in major cities throughout the United States and Canada including Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. In New York City, the NEW ARTS TRIO has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. 'Y,' and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. In the 1980’s the TRIO was recipient of the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music in two consecutive years and made two USIS Cultural State Department tours of Europe. From 1978-2012 the TRIO was Trio–in-Residence at the Chautauqua Institution and launched its chamber music program. During the current 7-week music festival, they performed, present master classes, coached chamber music and taught students who came to study with them from all over the world. In 2008 at Chautauqua, the Trio celebrated its 30th consecutive season premiering two new trios written for them, Idoru by Michael Colina and Credo by Ella Milch-Sheriff. The NEW ARTS TRIO has 4 CD's on the Fleur De Son Classics label: the Arensky Trios, Beethoven's Arrangements for Piano Trio (2nd Symphony and the Septet), and New Arts Trio in Recital at Chautauqua (works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bloch, Part and Piazzolla, and New Arts Trio at Chautauqua: 30th Anniversary Recital (works by Dvorak, Colina, Piazzolla, and Milch-Sheriff).
Founder of the NEW ARTS TRIO, Rebecca Penneys celebrated the inaugural season as founder and CEO of the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Tampa in 2013. The Rebecca Penneys Friends of Piano (501c3 non-profit) and RPPF (tuition-free for college age pianists) represent the sequel to her 34-year long tenure at Chautauqua, where she was Chair of piano from 1983-2012. Rebecca is Professor of Piano at Eastman School of Music since 1980, Visiting Artist, St. Petersburg College, Florida since 2001 and in 2010 she became founder and Artistic Chair of the Steinway Society of Tampa Bay. Born in Los Angeles, Ms. Penneys made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 11. At 17, she was awarded the unprecedented Special Critics’ Prize at the 7th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, an award created in her honor. Additionally, she won the Most Outstanding Musician Prize at the Fifth Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition (Portugal) and was top prizewinner in the Second Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition (Spain). Her teachers include Aube Tzerko, Leonard Stein, Rosina Lhevinne, Artur Rubinstein, Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebok and Janos Starker. She has a dozen current CD’s on Fleur De Con & Centaur labels and is co-author of the Fundamentals of Flow in Learning Music. Links are: Rebecca Penneys and Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival
Violinist Jacques Israelievitch was a member of the NEW ARTS TRIO from 1999 until his death. After making his debut on French National Radio at the age of 11, Mr. Israelievitch graduated from the Paris Conservatory at 16 and was subsequently prizewinner in the International Paganini Competition. He was 23 when Georg Solti appointed him Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He joined the Saint Louis Symphony six seasons later as Concertmaster and held that position for 10 years. In 2008, he concluded 20 years as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently, the Toronto Musicians' Association presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Israelievitch has been nominated for a Juno Award for his album, Suite Hebraique. He has appeared as soloist with leading conductors including Solti, Giulini, Fruhbeck de Burgos, and Slatkin. In 1995, in recognition of his contribution to the world of music, he was awarded a knighthood by the French government in the order of Arts and Letters. In 2008 he joined the faculty at York University, Toronto, where he teaches violin and viola.
Website: Jacques Israelievitch
Arie Lipsky was born in Haifa, Israel, where he received degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Music before serving in the Armed Forces. He was as principal cellist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for seventeen years and performed the major concerto repertoire in Buffalo and on tours. Mr. Lipsky studied with Leonard Rose, Pablo Casals and Alan Harris; he graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with distinction. He was a top prizewinner in the Chicago Cello Society Competition and performed as principal cellist with the Haifa Symphony, the Cleveland Opera, and the Colorado Music Festival. Mr. Lipsky was Resident Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic for twelve years. In 1996, Mr. Lipsky joined the NEW ARTS TRIO. Currently, he is Music Director of the Ann Arbor Symphony in Michigan and the Ashland Symphony in Ohio. He is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras in Europe, Israel and North America and participates in many chamber music festivals. In 2013 he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, his “hometown” orchestra.
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