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Vn:Motoko MITO Vc: Yoske Ozawa Pf: Phillip Young


--St.Florian Trio--

The St. Florian Trio has achieved wide acclaim both with audiences and critics in Europe, North America and Japan since being founded in 1987.

Highlights of recent seasons have included appearances at Carnegie Hall, Stadthall Winterthur, Switzerland, the Banff Centre for the Arts Canada, the Montofoner Summer Festival in Austria as well as many of the major concert halls in Tokyo including Tsuda Hall and Tokyo Opera City. In April 2003, they performed the complete Mozart trios in one day at Tokyo's prestigious Bunkakaikan Hall.

Violinist, Motoko Mito, cellist, Yoske Ozawa and pianist, Phillip Young founded the St. Florian Trio while still students at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria; together they create a unique collaboration, unified by their European musical education and common language, German. They presently reside on two separate continents, America and Asia, travelling throughout the year both to rehearse and perform.

Their repertoire includes the rich Classical and Romantic piano trio literature, and they are also active in both commissioning and performing contemporary works which reflect their international background.

The trio takes it name from the beloved St. Florian, who stands watch over the old market square in Salzburg.


St.Floriantrio Repertoire
Classic and Romantic
  • Beethoven
    op. 1 no. 1 E flat major
    op. 1 no. 2 G major
    op. 1 no. 3 c minor
    op. 11 B flat major
    op. 70 no. 1 Ghost
    op. 70 no. 2 E flat major
    op. 97 no. 7 Archduke
  • Brahms (Complete)
    op. 8 B major
    op. 87 C major
    op. 101 c minor
  • Chopin
    Trio op. 8
  • Dvorak
    op. 65 f minor
    op. 90 Dumky
  • Grieg
    Norwegian Dances
  • Haydn
    No.39 Hob.15-25 Gypsy
    No.43 Hob.15-27 C major
  • Hummel
    op.65 G major
  • Mendelssohn (Complete)
    op. 49 d minor
    op. 66 c minor
  • Mozart (Complete)
    KV 254 KV 496
    KV 502 KV 542
    KV 548 KV 564
  • Rachmaninov
    Trio ƒlŽgiaque
  • Schubert (Complete)
    op. 99 B flat
    op. 100 E flat
    op. 138 Adagio
  • Schumann
    Six Piece in Canonic Form (Arr.)
  • Smetana
    Piano Trio
    Vlatva "The Moldau" (Arr.)
  • Josef Suk
    Trio in c minor
    ƒlegie
  • Turina
    Trio no. 2 op. 76
  • Weber
    Trio op. 63
Post 1900 Compositions
  • David Bartel
    Les caprices d'un cercle (commisioned work)
  • Bloch
    Three Nocturnes
  • Copland
    Vitebsk
  • Rupert Huber
    Meditationes super "rorate coeli de super" op. 11
    (commisionedwork)
  • Frank Martin
    Trio Ÿber irlŠndische Volkslieder
  • Martinu
    Trio no. 2
  • Ken-ichi Nishizawa
    • Trio no. 2 (commisioned work)
    • Trio no. 3 (commisioned work)
  • Arvo PŠrt
    Mozart-Adagio
  • Ravel
    Trio
  • Schoenfield
    Cafe Music
  • Shostakovich
    Trio no. 2 op. 67
  • Yoichi Sugiyama
    Souvenir per due archi e piano forte (commisioned work)
  • Takemitsu
    Between Tides
Encore pieces
  • Beatles (Arr.)
    Get back
  • Norwegian Wood
  • Brahms (Arr.)
    Hungarian Dance No.6
  • Grainger
    My Robin is to the Greenwood gone
    Handel in the Strand
  • Grieg (Arr.)
    Anitra's Dance
  • Japanese favorite (Org.Arr.)
    Karatachi no Hana
  • Scott Joplin (Arr.)
    The Entertainer
    Ragtime Dance
  • Kreisler (Arr.)
    Miniature Viennese March
  • Mozart (7 years old)
    Allegro KV11
    Menuetto KV14
  • Piazzolla (Arr.)
    Invierno Porteno
  • Raff
    Cavatina
  • Schubert (Arr.)
    Serenade
    Moment Musical
  • Johan Strauss (Org.Arr.)
    Tales From The Vienna Woods



Sample Programs

- A -
L.v. Beethoven: Pianotrio no.2 G major op.1-2
F. Martin: Trio über irländische Volkslieder
J. Brahms: Pianotrio no.1 B major op.8

- B -
W.A.Mozart: Pianotrio B flat major KV502
F. Mendelssohn: Pianotrio d minor op.49
M. Ravel: Pianotrio
- C -
3 Complete Brahms Piano Trio Program
Brahms: Pianotrio no.1 B major op.8
Brahms: Pianotrio no.2 C major op.87
Brahms: Pianotrio no.3 c minor op.101
- D -
J. Haydn: Pianotrio no.39 Hob.15-25 “Gypsy”
Piazzolla: Inveirno Porteño
Schoenfield: Cafe Music
L.v. Beethoven: Pianotrio no.7 B flat major op.97 “Archduke”



REVIEWS

"Spontaneous... each player asserted a fierce independence that was nonetheless at one with the piece. At no point did they seem to be reading a map; this was not a planned journey, but a joy- ride."
New York Concert Review 1996

"powerful, solid and well structured interpretation...a spectacular performance."
Music Magazine Ongaku no Tomo, Japan 1999

"The ensemble's intimate and elegant sense of ensemble and beautiful sonority was enthusiastically received by all."
Yomiuri Shin bun, Japan 1994

"Mesmerizing... the three exhibited a near-eerie sense of timing. In the litter of today's sound, this was a wonderful cleansing moment."
Mayer News Press, Arizona 2000

"The St. Florian Trio fully devotes itself to the compositions. They reveal the inner beauty of the pieces. deeply speaking to their audiences."
Music Magazine Ongaku no Tomo, Japan 2001

"The St. Florian Trio entrances its audience."
Asahi Shin bun, Japan 1992

"Das St. Florian Trio brachte aber auch sehr beeindruckende Qualitäten mit : Da sind vor allem Schwung, Risikofreudigkeit, Ausdruckswille und Nuancierungskunst zu erwähnen.
Zum Schluss das Es-Dur-Trio von Schubert -- eins der schönsten und schwierigste Werke der Gattung, mit dessen Wiedergabe die drei Partner bei bemerkenswertes kammermusikalisches Niveau und auch klanglich eine schöne Homogenität erreichten
Landbote Winterthur, Switzerland 1999


Motoko MITO(Violine)

Violinist, Motoko Mito was born in Kyoto, Japan. Since her solo debut at the International Mozart Week Festival, Salzburg, she has performed internationally, appearing in recital in Germany, Austria, at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, Norway, Sweden and France. Known for her interpretation of Mozart, she has performed the complete Mozart sonatas in her native Japan, and the complete Mozart string quartets with the Japanese chamber ensemble, Kleines Konzerthaus. Under the baton of Professor Gert Felin, she toured as soloist with the Collegium Musicum Chamber Orchestra. Her most recent CD recording includes sonatas of Beethoven and Bartok. She holds degrees from the Toho Gakuen School of Music and the Mozarteum, and her teacher's have included Nathan Milstein and Franz Samohyl. MS Mito plays a Nicolo Amati violin (1657).

Yoske OZAWA(Violoncello)

Cellist, Yosuke Ozawa made his solo cello debut in his native Tokyo at 16. He has distinguished himself as a chamber musician and soloist. He is a founding member of the Japanese chamber ensemble Kleines Konzerthaus. which has toured throughout Japan and was guest of the Sinaloa Music Festival in Mexico. Mr. Ozawa has been heard in both solo and chamber music recitals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Canada, China and Japan and recently performed the entire Beethoven cello works in the United Kingdom and Japan. He is a graduate of the Mozarteum and has also studied at the University of Toronto with Vladimir Orloff, as well as with the Amadeus Quartet and German cellist, Gehard Mantel.

Phillip YOUNG(Klavier)

Pianist, Phillip Young is a widely acclaimed soloist and chamber musician having performed in recent seasons in cities throughout the United States including New York, Washington DC, Seattle, and international venues in Switzerland, Norway, Japan, Salzburg, and Paris. Equally known as a singer's pianist, he has performed with singers associated with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and English National Opera and as Assistant Conductor, has prepared productions for the Salzburg Festival, Opera Pacific and Los Angeles Opera. He has recorded a CD of Cuban Art Songs. Mr. Young is a fellowship recipient to the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Mozarteum, Salzburg and is an alumni of Peabody Conservatory and the University of Southern California. His teachers have included Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein and Lotte Lehmann's accompanist, Gwendolyn Koldofsky. He has given master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory, universities in California and Oklahoma and is presently a faculty member at Pasadena City College and Pomona College.


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