Clara & the Phenomena

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Cello Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1 | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

  • Adagio sostenuto — Allegro
  • Rondo. Allegro vivace

Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 | Clara Schumann (1819–1896)

  • Allegro Moderato
  • Scherzo
  • Andante
  • Allegretto


Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8 | Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

  • Allegro con moto
  • Scherzo: Allegro molto
  • Adagio non troppo
  • Finale: Allegro molto agitato

Sandy Yamamoto

Sandy Yamamoto has dazzled audiences around the globe as a soloist and as a member of the Miró Quartet. As a member of the Miró Quartet, she received the Naumburg Chamber Music and Cleveland Quartet Awards, won First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, and was one of the first chamber musicians to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She was a guest speaker and role model in 2003 Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women. Since leaving the Miró in 2011, she has been appointed Associate Professor of Practice in Violin Performance at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches a studio of violin students and performs concertos and recitals regularly.

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Amy Levine-Tsang

Cellist Amy Levine-Tsang enjoys an active career as both chamber musician and teacher. She is a founding member of the Laurel Trio and frequently collaborates with numerous ensembles such as the Brentano Cassatt, Colorado, and Meridian String Quartets; the New Jersey Chamber Music Society; the Richardson Chamber Players; and the Chamber Soloists of Austin. She received degrees from Yale and Rutgers Universities, where she studied with Aldo Parisot and Bernard Greenhouse, respectively. She is a former member of the music faculty at Princeton University, and continues to teach privately since relocating to Austin.

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Michelle Schumann

Hailed for her “sensitive, flexible, and tempestuous dexterity” (Fanfare Magazine), pianist Michelle Schumann has built a reputation for evocative and moving performances. Since 2006, Michelle has served as Artistic Director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, where she “is fearlessly expanding our definition of chamber music” (Austin American-Statesman). Her brand of performance includes an enthusiastic interplay with the audience and her trademark includes bringing diverse music together under a blanket of narrative events.

Schumann is artist-in-residence and professor of piano at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and additionally holds a Performance Diploma from the Vienna Conservatory.

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