The Phillips Collection Washington, DC
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About the Event
Zhang Zuo, Esther Yoo, and Narek Hakhnazaryan met in 2015 as winners of the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists Scheme. The group’s first release on Deutsche Grammophon in 2017 paired two staples of the trio repertoire by Brahms and Dvořák, performed with a level of cohesion and maturity that belies the ensemble’s youthful inception. The Trio presents Franz Schubert’s idyllic Notturno in E-flat Major, D. 897, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio, No. 2, composed at the height of World War II. The lesser-known Piano Trio in F-sharp minor by 20th-century composer Arno Babajanian rounds out the program with a deft mix of Russian Neoclassical rhythmic drive, an almost Debussyan approach to harmony and tonal color, and strong currents of folk music from Babajanian’s native Armenia.