NEC's Professional Piano Trio Training Program is a specialized course of study in the art of chamber music under the direction of Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.

The program offers intensive training and coaching for exceptional piano trios that show the talent and commitment necessary to pursue a concert career. Highlights include:

  • Full-time residency at NEC for two years
  • Full tuition scholarship plus $10,000 annual living stipend for each student
  • Three hours of ensemble coaching per week (includes regular coaching by Vivian Hornik Weilerstein along with coaching from a strings faculty member)
  • Weekly individual studio instruction from NEC strings and piano faculty
  • Daily group rehearsals
  • Yearly recital in world-renowned Jordan Hall
  • Performances in venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society
  • Masterclasses and community outreach performances
  • NEC's professional certificate in the art of piano trio playing, plus NEC degree or diploma
  • Training in all aspects of musicianship and career development

The Professional Piano Trio Training Program is intended for existing piano trios that are selected by audition. It is not open to other individuals or groups. Applications are typically accepted every two years. One trio is selected for each two-year residency.

Past and present NEC trios

Trio Cleonice (2014)
Emely Phelps, piano; Ari Isaacman-Beck, violin; Gwen Krosnick, cello

  • John Lad Prize, 2014
  • 2nd Prize, 2014 Schoenfeld International String Competition
  • Residency for The Russian Soul, Yellow Barn
  • 2nd Prize 2014 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition
  • Top Prize winners, 2012 Arriaga Chamber Music Competition

The New Trio (2010)
Julio Elizalde, piano; Andrew Wan, violin; Patrick Jee, cello

  • Arthur Foote Award, Harvard Musical Association (2010)
  • Grand prize, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (2008)
  • Grand prize, Coleman Chamber Music Competition (2007)

Moët Trio (2009)
Michael Mizrahi, piano; Yuri Namkung, violin; Yves Dharamraj, cello

  • Astral Artists mini-residency in Philadelphia (2010)
  • Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series (2009)

Trio Cavatina (2007)
Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Priscilla Lee, cello

  • Carnegie Hall debut includes world premiere of Richard Danielpour's Faces of Guernica (2010)
  • The McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase on WQXR (2010)
  • Winner, Naumburg Chamber Music Competition (2009)

Tel-Aviv Trio (2005)
Jonathan Aner, piano; Matan Givol, violin; Ira Givol, cello

Tal Trio (2003)
Anna Keiserman, piano; Gregory Ahss, violin; Zvi Orlianski, cello

  • First prize, Premio Trio di Trieste (2002)