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.

Established in 2002, the program offers intensive training and coaching for exceptional piano trios that show the talent and commitment necessary to pursue a concert career.

  • Full-time residency typically lasting two years
  • Full tuition scholarship and small 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 our world-renowned Jordan Hall
  • Off-campus 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.

Pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. She is a member of NEC's highly acclaimed trio-in-residence, The Weilerstein Trio. For more information, please visit Vivian Hornik Weilerstein's NEC faculty biography.

NEC considers requests to submit late applications for the piano trio program on a case by case basis. Please contact the Admissions Office if you are interested in submitting an application after December 1.

Past and present trios in this program:

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

  • Lad Prize, 2014
  • Founders, Trio Cleonice and Friends concert series, First Parish—Brookline (MA)
  • Residency for The Russian Soul, Yellow Barn
  • 2nd Prize, Chamber Music Section, 2014 Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Competition in Harbin, China
  • 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 (joined fall 2010)

  • 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)

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