Summer Music 2019
Yael Weiss, piano
Mark Kaplan, violin
Peter Stumpf, cello
Fauré: Trio in D Minor, Op. 120 (1922-23)
Beethoven: Trio in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 3 (1795)
R. Schumann: Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63
About the Artists
The Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio is a blending of soloists, featuring three of the finest musicians on the concert stage. Hailed by The New York Times as “Three strong voices, locked in sequence,” the Trio was originally founded in 2001 and was joined in 2014 by the distinguished cellist Peter Stumpf. The Trio has presented concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, including recent appearances at the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, and Shriver Hall, as well as Princeton, UCLA, and Oxford Universities, and for Chamber Music Societies of Edinburgh, Santander, Pasadena, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, and Tucson. The WKS Trio frequently performs Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with orchestras including the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony, and Sioux City Symphony. A performance of the Triple Concerto at the Prague Festival was praised for its “rare timbral refinement, nobility and virtuosic brilliance—among the brightest moments of this year’s Festival” (Lidové noviny, Prague). Other international festivals have included the Jeju Island Music Festival in Korea and the Festival of the Sound in Canada. The WKS Trio is currently recording Beethoven’s complete works for piano trio, with the first volume scheduled for release later this year on the Bridge label. Recent recordings include Fred Lerdahl’s Times 3 and the CD An American Tour with premieres of works by Chen Yi, Newman, Schoenfield, and Auerbach, as well as a CD of Brahms and Smetana that was praised by Fanfare as “the best of the best.”
IU Jacobs School of Music professor Mark Kaplan is a major soloist of international distinction, having performed concerti with nearly every major American and European orchestra. His extensive discography includes solo and chamber works from Bach, Brahms, and Sarasate, to Bartok, Berg, and Nono. His second recording of the complete solo works of Bach was issued to widespread acclaim in 2016.
Peter Stumpf is known worldwide as a soloist, chamber music artist, and orchestral leader. He served nine years as principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, following over a decade as associate principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony, the LA Phil, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Stumpf serves as professor of cello at the IU Jacobs School of Music.
Yael Weiss has toured the United States, Europe, Japan, and South America to great acclaim, both in recital and as soloist with major orchestras. Winner of the Naumburg and Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin awards, Weiss has recorded works by over a dozen composers. She presents master classes worldwide and has served on the faculties of the IU Jacobs School of Music, University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Heifetz Institute.Currently, Weiss is engaged in performing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas and a related commission project.