Season 49

2020-2021 Season

Lysander Piano Trio


 Itamar Zorman, violin  |  Michael Katz, cello  |  Liza Stepanova, piano

Lysander Piano Trio

“…incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and wide palette of colours. Performed with sensitivity, panache and emotional depth, it perfectly displayed the Lysander Trio’s enormous potential.”



…the ensemble’s unanimity of approach — vivid engagement carried by soaring, ripely Romantic playing — proved quite splendid.

-The Washington Post

The Lysander Piano Trio, a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been praised by the Strad for its “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and wide palette of colours.” The Trio has developed a reputation for innovative programming of master works from the canon alongside newer works and hidden gems of the repertoire.  An ideal example of this is the Trio’s 2014 debut recording, After a Dream(CAG Records), featuring music by Ravel, Haydn, Schubert, Joaquin Turina, and Moshe Zorman, which was acclaimed for its “polished and spirited interpretations” (New York Times).


The Trio has performed throughout North America and abroad on major series and festivals including Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, Pro Musica of San Miguel in Mexico, the Copenhagen Summer Festival, The Chautauqua Institution, the Kennedy Center, Spivey Hall, Kravis Center, UCLA’s Clark Memorial Library and Carnegie Hall. The Trio was also featured in a special collaborative program with clarinetist Charles Neidich, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia in January 2017.


The Trio is proactive in commissioning new works and creating programs that mix the music of today with well-loved masterworks.  Their latest commission is Gilad Cohen’s Around the Cauldron, which premiered at Weill Recital Hall in March 2017. Other recent Lysander Trio commissions include: Ghostwritten Variations, by Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya; Jakub Ciupinski’s The Black Mirror; and Four Movements Inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” penned by four pre-teen composers of ComposerCraft from NYC’s Kaufman Music Center and premiered at Merkin Concert Hall in January 2014.


The Lysander Trio takes its name from the character in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They are currently based between New York City and Athens, Georgia. 


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