Curtis on Tour: Trio Zimbalist

Following a highly successful Fall 2021 tour of Europe, where it garnered acclaim for “precision and feverish intensity” (Greece’s EfSyn), Trio Zimbalist returns to Europe with Curtis on Tour in Spring 2023. Don’t miss this chance to witness the latest addition to Curtis’s artist management initiative and hear iconic works from the piano trio repertoire.


  • Praised for his remarkable range of color and virtuosity, Czech violinist Josef Špaček has emerged as one of the leading violinists of his generation. He is a sought-after soloist, performing regularly with the most distinguished orchestras around the world, including the Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra; the Czech, Helsinki, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; and the Tokyo and Shanghai symphony orchestras, among others.

    An avid chamber musician, Mr. Špaček has collaborated with Gil Shaham, Yuja Wang, James Ehnes, Noah Bendix-Balgley, and Kian Soltani. He previously served as concertmaster and associate artist of the Czech Philharmonic, the youngest in its history. Mr. Špaček performs on the ca. 1732 “LeBrun; Bouthillard” Guarneri del Gesù violin.

  • Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, cellist Timotheos Gavriilidis-Petrin gained international recognition as a top prizewinner at the prestigious International Paulo Cello Competition in Finland. In 2016 he made his U.S. solo debut with the Kansas City Symphony, under the direction of Robert Spano. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Israel Camerata, NEC Philharmonia, and the Athens, Thessaloniki State, and Lahti symphony orchestras. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Petrin has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Chamberfest Cleveland, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars, and the Dimitria Festival, among other programs.

  • Chinese-American pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu is establishing an international reputation as a captivating performer with distinctive intelligence and sensitivity. Mr. Fu has performed as a piano soloist with orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He has appeared at international venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and Teatro Municipal in Santiago; while his live performances and interviews have been featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and National Public Radio’s  Performance Today. Mr. Fu is an active composer and performer of contemporary music, having collaborated with composers Krzysztof Penderecki, Harrison Birtwistle, George Lewis, Unsuk Chin, Tansy Davies, Phil Cashian, Matthew Aucoin, and Freya Waley-Cohen.


Saturday, May 20
Athens, Greece
The Parnassos Literary Society
Presented by Arte Atene

Monday, May 22
Paris, France
Presented by Arts Arena

Wednesday, May 24
Munich, Germany
Hubertussaal, presented by Nymphenburger Sommer

Friday, May 26
London, United Kingdom
Private Performance

Wednesday, May 31
Bremen, Germany
Die Glocke, Kleiner Saal
Presented by Philharmonische Gesellschaft Bremen


Programs to include selections from the repertoire below. See concert listings for each concert’s program.


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 (“Archduke”)

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

NIKOS SKALKOTTAS Eight Variations on a Greek Folk Tune for Piano Trio

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


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

View selections from previous touring ensembles


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