Professional Piano Trio Program

Under the direction of Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, the Professional Piano Trio Program is open to advanced ensembles who show the talent and commitment necessary to pursue a concert career. One trio is in-residence at a time, typically for a period of two years.

The program offers intensive training and coaching for exceptional piano trios. Highlights include three hours of ensemble coaching per week, weekly individual studio instruction from NEC strings and piano faculty, daily group rehearsals, and training in all aspects of musicianship and career development. Piano trios perform an annual recital in world-renowned Jordan Hall and give performances in venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society.

Each member of the ensemble is awarded a full tuition scholarship plus $10,000 annual living stipend.

Past 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)
Trio Cleonice discusses how the Piano Trio program shaped them as artists.