Trio Zimbalist Performing

Trio Zimbalist has garnered critical acclaim for its “precision and feverish intensity” (Greece’s EfSyn). The group was lauded for its “liveliness and vigor of playing” and performances that were “pure enjoyment!” (Athinorama) at the Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library festival in Athens, where it served as ensemble in residence in 2021. Members of the trio—violinist Josef Špaček, cellist Timotheos Gavriilidis-Petrin, and pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu—are all distinguished alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In demand across Europe and the U.S. as soloists, chamber musicians, and recitalists, they form an inimitable ensemble with repertoire spanning Romantic masterworks to today’s most lauded composers.

Trio Zimbalist’s 2022-23 season engagements included U.S. appearances in Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Palm Beach, and European appearances in Athens, Bremen, Munich, London, and Paris. The group also performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Greensboro Symphony and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky. The trio’s 2023-24 season includes performances at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Friends of Chamber Music in Miami. The ensemble’s debut album, featuring music of Lera Auerbach, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Dvořák, will be released in January 2024 on the Curtis Studio label.

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Press

  • What the Critics are Saying

    Strings Magazine 2024:

    “…a bold combination of styles…demonstrating versatility as well as virtuosity.”

    The Strad 2024:

    “I applaud the wide range of sound, colour and dynamics that the Trio Zimbalist brings to its clearly recorded and highly charged performances.”

    South Florida Classical Review 2024:

    “Their balance and blending proved well-nigh perfect with each player’s artistry adroitly displayed but never overwhelming the others….The players astute playing mixed elegance with fleet energy.”

    -Lawrence Budmen

    Seen and Heard International 2024:

    “[Their performance] surprised with its vigorous freshness and vitality….Their exciting chemistry and split-second exchange of ideas…often gave the impression of a brilliant improvisation….You could focus on one of the three, like a favorite character in a novel, while also admiring the urgent symmetry of the ensemble.”

    -Thomas May

    GRAMOPHONE 2024:

    “an astonishingly accomplished debut”

    -Andrew Farach-Colton

    Music City Review 2024:

    “With impeccable preparation and dedication to the manic heights and somber lows of these works, the trio’s time and efforts are justly rewarded. This first studio outing…is merely the beginning for this group, and an exhilarating beginning it is.”

    -Richard Blumenthal

    TheStrad 2023:

    “The three players [of Trio Zimbalist] captured [the work’s] passion and originality, all the way through to the desolate conclusion, causing the packed hall to burst into cheers and applause.”
    -Bruce Hodges

  • Recent News

    I Care if You Listen: Five Questions to Trio Zimbalist

    “Each of the players brings their individuality, yet they work seamlessly together in their interpretation and passion.”
    -Anne Goldberg Baldwin

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  • Videos

    Introducing Trio Zimbalist


    Beethoven: Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”): I. Allegro vivace e con brio; Rudolfinum, December 2021


    Dvořák: Trio in E minor, Op. 90 (“Dumky”); Rudolfinum, December 2021

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  • Discography


    Piano Trios of Weinberg, Auerbach, & Dvořák

    The debut album from Trio Zimbalist encapsulates an unwavering aspiration for a world where peace, freedom, and individualism flourish.

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Repertoire

Repertoire is subject to change and must be approved by Trio Zimbalist; substitutions may be available. Contact the Curtis Institute of Music with any inquiries.

 

  • 2024–25 Season Programs

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    Program I

    Lera Auerbach: Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 28

    Weinberg: Piano Trio, Op. 24

    —intermission—

    Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, B. 166 (“Dumky”)

     

    Program II

    Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32

    —intermission—

    Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 (“Archduke”)

     

    Program III

    Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, Hob. XV:25

    Martinů: Bergerettes for Piano Trio, H. 275

    —intermission—

    Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

     

    Alternate Selections

    Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”)

    Skalkottas: Eight Variations for Piano Trio

  • 2025–26 Season Programs

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    Program I

    Lera Auerbach: Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 28

    Weinberg: Piano Trio, Op. 24

    —intermission—

    Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, B. 166 (“Dumky”)

     

    This program featured on Trio Zimbalist’s album Piano Trios of Weinberg, Auerbach, & Dvořák. Listen now. 

     

    Program II

    Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, Hob. XV:25

    Martinů: Bergerettes for Piano Trio, H. 275 

    —intermission—

    Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

     

    Note: 2025 is the 150th Anniversary of Ravel’s birth.
     

    Program III

    Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8

    Rebecca Clarke: Piano Trio

    —intermission—

    Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 (“Archduke”) 

     

    Alternate Selections

    Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”)

    Smetana: Piano Trio No. 1 in G minor for piano, violin, and cello, Op. 15

     

    Repertoire subject to change; substitutions may be available. Programs must be approved by Trio Zimbalist. Contact the Curtis Institute of Music representatives below with any inquiries. 

  • Concertos

    Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56

    Voříšek: Grand Rondo Concertante

    Can be performed on the same program with Beethoven Triple Concerto

    Additional triple concertos available in consultation with Trio Zimbalist.

Contact

General Management

Andrew Lane
Vice President, Touring and Artist Management
Executive Director, Curtis Artist Management
(215) 717-3124
andrew.lane@curtis.edu

Booking Representatives (North America)
Julie Gaitens
Booking Representative
(215) 717-3146
julie.gaitens@curtis.edu

Brayton Arvin
Artist Manager and Booking Representative
(215) 875-4204
brayton.arvin@curtis.edu

Booking Representative (Europe)

Julika Castro
Booking Representative, Europe
+49 (0)178-514 43 26
julika.castro@curtis.edu

Engagement Advancing (Curtis Artist Management)

Catelyn Cohen
Manager of Artist Services
(215) 717-3129
catelyn.cohen@curtis.edu