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 Karin Strobos, Hanna Shybayeva, Julia Tom

Three musicians join forces in a striking ensemble

All three musicians have a brilliant solo career, and yet Karin, Julia and Hanna also like to show the public also other facets of their craftsmanship, as a trio.

This concert brings a pleasant diversity in both repertoire and instrument combinations. The program focuses on folk music and folk stories. The musicians bring the audience close to the original, popular sources of music. The musicians introduce the various works by telling tales and stories, and informing the audience of the background of the pieces they will play. Allow yourself to be taken in the fascinating world of the song and the folk stories.

  • Program: a.o. works by Bartok, Berio, De Falla, Janáçek and Schumann

Soprano Karin Strobos was given the chance in 2011 to play Octavian in the Rosenkavalier of R. Strauss at the Dutch National Opera under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Her successful performance received rave reviews and created the start of a dazzling international career. Other roles at DNO were in La Traviata and Armide, among others. Karin has a permanent contract with the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen. Here you can hear and see her in roles such as Cherubino, Zerlina, Idamante and Dorabella. She sang at Opera Zuid, Dutch Reisopera and performs frequently as a soloist with all Dutch and Belgian orchestras. Karin loves to make chamber music, in various combinations, among others with Daria van den Bercken and Felicia van den End and with the Cello8ctet Amsterdam. In the 2017-18 season she toured The Netherlands with pianist Thomas Beijer and actor Sieger Sloot with ‘Die Schöne Magalone’ by Johannes Brahms. At competitions Karin was winner of various prizes including the International Singing Competition in Mâcon (France); in the concert series ‘Het Debuut’ she received the audience award, together with Daria van den Berken and Felicia van den End.

The American cellist Julia Tom studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and at the same time completed a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Harvard University. She then continued her studies with Frans Helmerson and Ralph Kirshbaum, and followed master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, Anner Bijlsma, David Geringas and Bernard Greenhouse. Julia Tom successfully participated in several competitions; she was a finalist at the ARD-Wettbewerb in Munich. She was part of the Verano String Quartet and the Oberon Trio and was the first solo cellist of the Bremer Philharmoniker. Julia Tom has been a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 2010. In 2017 she received the Prix de Salon, a prize that the business circle of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra annually awards to an orchestra member.

Pianist Hanna Shybayeva, Dutch ánd White-Russian citizen, has been a member of the New European Ensemble since 2008, which is seen as one of the most innovative ensembles for new music. Together with the Ysaÿe String Trio she has set up a chamber music project ‘Symphony in the Chamber’, which concentrates on the historical chamber music arrangements of symphonic works. She has won many prizes at international competitions and performs regularly in international festivals, in solo recitals and with orchestras in Europe, Russia, and the US and Canada. She performed in The Netherlands during the annual Prinsengracht Concerts & Festival in Amsterdam, in Vredenburg (Utrecht), Concertgebouw De Vereeniging (Nijmegen) and in the Concertgebouw. Hanna made 3 solo CD’s. Her album ‘Sounds of War’ together with violinist Maria Milstein was chosen as the best classic album of 2015 and won an Edison Classical 2015. Her latest solo album ‘Let’s Dance!’ is a live recording with works by Scarlatti, Couperin, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin and Kapustin.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]