Josef Špaček, violin | Timotheos Gavriilidis-Petrin, cello | George Xiaoyuan Fu, piano

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 during a Fall 2021 tour of Greece, Germany, and France.

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.

The trio takes its name from famed violin virtuoso Efrem Zimbalist, a towering presence at the Curtis Institute of Music as faculty and director for a combined forty years. Trio Zimbalist carries on the violinist’s storied legacy through its commitment to artistic excellence. The group draws upon the lineage of previous world-class ensembles formed at Curtis. Its members have studied with faculty representing the Guarneri Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. With regular appearances at the La Jolla Music Society, ChamberFest Cleveland, Marlboro, and Moritzburg music festivals, they are active composers, adventurous and multidisciplinary collaborators, and passionate advocates for the impact of music on communities across the globe.

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

The Strad



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  • 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

    Find more performances of Trio Zimbalist on YouTube


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.

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  • Program I

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

    Weinberg: Piano Trio, Op. 24


    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


    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


    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

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

    Additional triple concertos available in consultation with Trio Zimbalist.


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