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BEETHOVEN Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
It was the sizzle of the musical ensemble that seduced listeners
—The Los Angeles Times
Erika Nickrenz, piano
Sara Parkins, violin
Sara Sant'Ambrogio, cello
The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy-nominated Eroica
Trio thrills audiences with its flawless technical virtuosity,
irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great
standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works,
the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify
the concert stage with their passionate performances. The New York Times
writes, “They play chamber music for the concert hall. There is
an edge of the seat intensity to every note they produce”. The
Trio won the prestigious Naumburg Award, resulting in a highly successful
Lincoln Center debut and has since toured the United States, Europe,
and Asia. While maintaining their demanding concert schedule, the Eroica
Trio has released eight critically lauded recordings for Angel/EMI Classics
Records, garnering multiple Grammy® nominations.
The unique history of the players of the Eroica Trio goes all of the way back to their childhoods. Their first connection was made when cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio and pianist Erika Nickrenz were just 12 years old. Sara’s father, John Sant’Ambrogio, then principal cellist of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, was being recorded by Erika’s mother, Grammy Award winning record producer Joanna Nickrenz. This working relationship led to Erika joining Sara at her family’s music camp in the Berkshire Mountains, Red Fox, where Erika studied piano with Sara’s grandmother, Isabelle Sant’Ambrogio, a renowned pianist and pedagogue.
The trio’s musical connection continued when, a few years later, Sara decided to strike out on her own and attend renowned music camp Meadowmount. There she met, played and became fast friends with violinist Sara Parkins. After playing together that summer, Sant’Ambrogio was invited to finish High School at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and Parkins was accepted to attend Juilliard Pre-College where she met and started playing with Erika. Later, Parkins decided to join Sant’Ambrogio at Curtis where they happily renewed their personal and musical friendship. After a year as roommates and musical collaborators, Sant’Ambrogio was invited to attend Juilliard where she resumed playing with Erika.
A few years later, Sara Parkins and Erika Nickrenz reunited at the Tanglewood Music Festival. That same year the Eroica Trio was formed at the Juilliard School. This intricate web of early connections helped forge a lifelong bond between the three women of the Eroica Trio. Their deeply personal, passionate music-making and uncanny ensemble and chemistry onstage have thrilled audiences world wide.
The Eroica Trio performs the Beethoven Triple Concerto more frequently than any other trio in the world, having appeared with renowned symphonies such as Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Nashville, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Houston, New Jersey and Seattle. In addition, The Trio has performed the work abroad with Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi in Spain, Haydn Orchestra in Italy, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Budapest Symphony in Germany, and on multiple tours in the United States with the Cincinnati Symphony as well as with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, culminating in a Lincoln Center performance. The Eroica Trio’s recording of the Beethoven Triple with the Prague Chamber Orchestra was so successful it landed this piece on Billboards Top 20 for the first time in recording history. The Trio appeared on the German television program "Klassich!" performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Munich Symphony, which was aired throughout Europe. This season, they toured North America with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Fabio Luisi, culminating in a performance on the “Great Performers at Lincoln Center” series in Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.