From traditional classical masterpieces to jazz standards, gypsy folk music and pop favorites from the Irving Berlin songbook, Trio Nobilis is pushing the boundaries of what chamber music is and can be. The energetic and virtuosic trio is the recipient of much praise and critical acclaim, establishing themselves as a captivating chamber ensemble capable of making just about any style of music their own. With a repertoire that places works by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Schubert next to those by jazz greats John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie, Trio Nobilis encourages audiences to expand their own musical horizons and look for the unique and unifying elements in all music.
Made up of three award-winning solo, recital and chamber musicians—pianist Stephen Prutsman, violinist Ruggero Allifranchini and cellist Suren Bagratuni—Trio Nobilis has won numerous awards including the Avery Fisher Career Grant and medals at the Tchaikovsky International and Queen Elisabeth competitions. They’ve played their unique style of chamber music on just about every continent—as individuals and as a trio—with many of the major orchestras and at premier chamber music series throughout the United Stated and Europe. They are frequent guests on NPR’s Performance Today and have appeared on radio stations around the world including the BBC London, Radio France, Berlin Radio and numerous U.S. programs.
The group’s boundary-blurring approach combined with masterful individual abilities and palpable musical chemistry has Trio Nobilis widely celebrated and recognized as “one of the most exciting trios on the musical horizon.”
Trio Nobilis plays at Le Petit Trianon Theatre on Feb. 20 as part of the San Jose Chamber Music Society’s 25th season. The program includes Haydn’s Trio in E-Flat Major, Hob.XV:29, Beethoven’s Trio in D Major, Op. 70, #1 “Ghost Trio” and Tchaikovsky’s Trio in A Minor, Op.50.