WEISS KAPLAN NEWMAN TRIO
Yael Weiss, pianist
Mark Kaplan, violinist
Clancy Newman, cellist
Combining the talents of three award-winning soloists, the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio brings to each performance its distinctive fusion of authority and experience, energy, and passion. These three musicians comprise an ensemble that embraces the music of the future while offering fresh insights into three centuries of masterworks. Hailed by The New York Times as “Three strong voices, locked in sequence,” the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio was founded in 2001 (originally as Sequenza Trio), and has presented concerts throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, with multiple appearances at The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Baltimore’s Shriver Hall, Princeton, UCLA, Indiana and Oxford Universities, Tel-Aviv Museum, and for the Chamber Music Societies of Edinburgh, Santander, Pasadena, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City and Tucson, among others.
The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio is frequently engaged to appear as soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with orchestras such as the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Camerata, New Bedford Symphony and Sioux City Symphony. A performance of the Triple Concerto at the Prague Festival was praised for its “rare timbral refinement, nobility and virtuosic brilliance…among the brightest moments of this year’s Festival” (Lidove noviny, Prague). Other international festival performances have included appearances at the Jeju Island Music Festival in Korea and the Festival of the Sound in Canada.
The Trio is known for its performances of Beethoven’s complete cycle of works for Piano Trio, which are an ongoing part of its programming. New music is another feature of Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio programs. The group’s commitment to new works has resulted in many commissions, including Lera Auerbach’s “Triptych: The Mirror With Three Faces” and Clancy Newman’s “Juxt-Opposition”, as well as “Variations on a Poem” by Michael Hersch. During the 2014-15 season, the Trio will also give the world premiere of a new concerto for trio and orchestra commissioned by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
The Weiss-Kaplan Newman Trio records for Bridge Records. Their newest CD, entitled An American Tour, was release in the spring of 2014 and includes world premiere recordings of four new American trios by Lera Auerbach, Chen Yi, Clancy Newman and Paul Schoenfeld. A 2011 release featuring trios of Brahms and Smetana has received great critical acclaim – Fanfare Magazine hailed it as “absolutely one fabulous chamber music recording you cannot afford to be without… This may just be the best of the best Brahms B Major Trio recordings.” Previously Bridge also presented the Trio’s recording of Paul Chihara’s trio, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, a work the group commissioned and premiered in 2006 at the Kennedy Center.
The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio is well known to American radio audiences through nationwide broadcasts on shows such as NPR’s Performance Today and WNYC’s SoundCheck. An appearance on St. Paul Sunday has been broadcast nationally several times, and was selected for St. Paul Sunday’s “Best of the Year” CD.
The most current information on the W-K-N Trio can be found at www.weiss-kaplan-newman-trio.com.
Members of the Trio
Mark Kaplan has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation. His consummate artistry has resulted in engagements with nearly every major orchestra in America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Chicago and National Symphony Orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic and London’s LSO, RPO and Philharmonia Orchestras. He has collaborated with many of the world’s foremost conductors, among them Ormandy, Tennstedt, Maazel, Masur, Dutoit, Ashkenazi, Bychkov, Conlon, Foster, Gatti, Rattle, Robertson, Salonen, Slatkin and Zinman. Recent concerts have included the Elgar concerto with Leonard Slatkin at London’s Royal Festival Hall and appearances with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic.
Among Mr. Kaplan’s most memorable musical experiences: a series of performances of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, conducted by Klaus Tennstedt, with three major orchestras – the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra and the National Symphony; appearances as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous projects involving the solo works of Bach. Mr. Kaplan’s extensive discography includes solo and chamber works ranging from Bach, Brahms and Sarasate to Bartok, Berg and Nono. Recent releases feature concertos of Berg and Stravinsky, the Symphonie Espagnole of Lalo, and works for violin and orchestra by Joan Manen, Max d’Ollone and Lewis Spratlan. Mr. Kaplan currently serves as Professor of Violin at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Cellist Clancy Newman, first prize winner of the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, has had the unusual career of a performer/composer. He received his first significant public recognition at the age of twelve, when he won a Gold Medal at the Dandenong Youth Festival in Australia, competing against people twice his age. Since then, he has performed as soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. He can often be heard on NPR’s “Performance Today” and has been featured on A&E’s “Breakfast With the Arts”. A sought after chamber musician, he has been a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center and Musicians from Marlboro, and is a current member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman trio. As a composer, he has been featured on the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Double Exposure” series and the Chicago Chamber Musicians’ “Freshly Scored” series. He has received commissions from Astral Artists, the Barnett Foundation, the Carpe Diem String Quartet, and the Silo Collective, among others. His piano trio, Juxt-Opposition, is available on Bridge Records, recorded by the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman trio. Mr. Newman is a graduate of the five-year exchange program between Juilliard and Columbia University, receiving a M.M. from Juilliard and a B.A. in English from Columbia.
Israeli-American pianist Yael Weiss has appeared internationally in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall and Moscow’s Bolshoi Hall. Following a recent recital, the Washington Post portrayed her as “a pianist who delves deeply and tellingly into that cloudy area where fantasy morphs into improvisation, inventiveness being common to both.”
Her discography includes solo and chamber music works by over a dozen composers, recorded for the Koch and Bridge labels. She is a frequent guest soloist with orchestras such as Seattle, Chautauqua, Augusta, Santa Fe, Bridgeport, Israel Chamber, Prague Chamber, Brazil National, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. She participates at international music festivals including the Marlboro, Ravinia, Banff, Caramoor, Seattle Chamber Music and the City of London festivals.
Ms. Weiss’s current projects include performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. She is also devoted to new works, and has given world premieres of several solo works and concertos written for her. Ms. Weiss has appeared on NPR’s “Performance Today”, St. Paul Sunday, the BBC in London, New York’s WQXR and WNYC, and in live concerts for Israeli Television and NHK in Japan.
Ms. Weiss has won numerous honors, including the Naumburg, Kousciuszko Foundation, Winter, and Presser prizes. She has presented master classes at top institutions worldwide and served on the faculties of Indiana University, UCSB and the Heifetz Institute. Her own teachers included Richard Goode and Leon Fleisher.
An avid runner, Weiss participates regularly in marathons and other long-distance races. She currently makes her home in New York City.