Itamar Zorman, violin
Michael Katz, cello
Liza Stepanova, piano
The Lysander Piano Trio is a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition where it was further distinguished as the Chamber Music America Showcase Performance recipient. Jennifer Bilfield, Artistic Director of Stanford Live and a member of the jury for the Final Round of the CAG Competition, describes the ensemble as bringing an “informed, energized musical personality to its performances.” These qualities have made the Trio an immediate standout at other competitions, and its prior awards include top honors at the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 2011 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition (Grand Prize) and the 2011 J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition (First Prize).
Only two months after its founding in 2009 while the players were graduate students at The Juilliard School, the Trio was selected to represent Juilliard in a special concert in Mexico City on the occasion of President Joseph Polisi’s visit to Mexico. Since that time, the ensemble has enjoyed performances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and David Rubenstein Atrium, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Terrace Theater at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Other recent performances include concerts at the Harvard Club, Jewish Theological Seminary and the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library, Connecticut’s Treetops Chamber Music Society and Elmira College in upstate New York. Among concerts scheduled for the 2013-14 season are appearances at the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society and at Weill Recital Hall on the CAG Series.
The Lysander Piano Trio has performed in master classes for Alfred Brendel and for Ida and Ani Kavafian at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and it has studied with Ronald Copes of the Juilliard String Quartet, Joseph Kalichstein of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Seymour Lipkin. The Lysander Trio takes its name from the character in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.