• Ensemble Schumann
    Photo: Susan Wilson.

    Ensemble Schumann

    Thomas Gallant, Oboe
    Steve Larson, Viola
    Sally Pinkas, Piano

    Joined in a lively and colorful trio, the members of ENSEMBLE SCHUMANN – Thomas Gallant, Oboe, Steve Larson, Viola, and Sally Pinkas, Piano, present works by their name-sake Robert Schumann, as well as by Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles Loeffler, Francis Poulenc, Dmitri Shostakovich, and others. Gallant, Larson and Pinkas have each performed at notable venues, including Lincoln Center, the Frick Collection and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston, Wigmore Hall in London, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the festivals at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Lucerne, Spoleto and Mostly Mozart. Performing together since 2005, Ensemble Schumann has been featured at the prestigious Da Camera Series in Los Angeles, at the Clark Art Museum in Massachusetts and on Live From Fraser on WGBH- Radio in Boston.

    The trio’s recent debut CD release, Romantic Trios for Oboe, Viola and Piano on the MSR Classics label, has been hailed as “...exquisite music, exquisitely played, and exquisitely recorded…” by Fanfare Magazine. Audiophile Audition praised their “... stunning performances and amazingly radiant tonal qualities ...”. Ensemble Schumann's next CD, an all-Mozart program (with the Adaskin String Trio) will be released in 2016.

    Upcoming tours during the 2015-16 season include performances at the Stockton Friends of Music in California, Mount Vernon Museum of Art and Principia College in Illinois, Cornell College in Iowa, Auburn Chamber Music Society in Alabama, Washington University Chamber Series in St. Louis, Young Auditorium in Whitewater, Wisconsin, and at Strathmore Hall in Maryland.

    Thomas Gallant

    Thomas Gallant, Oboe

    Award-winning artist Thomas Gallant is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe. Gallant, praised by the New Yorker magazine as “a player who unites technical mastery with intentness, charm and wit,” is a First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition. His performances have taken him to Avery Fisher Hall and to the Frick Collection in New York City, to Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, as well as to the Spoleto Festival in Italy and to the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Kronos Quartet at the Ravinia Festival and has collaborated with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and with Cuarteto Casals, the Colorado and Lark Quartets, Cuarteto Latinoamericano and with the Adaskin String Trio. Recent and upcoming performances include a concert of solo and chamber music works for the oboe at the Library of Congress and tours across the United States as soloist with Camerata Bariloche from Argentina, performing concerti by J.S. Bach, Bellini and Vaughan-Williams. Thomas Gallant performs on an instrument made by the Italian maker Fratelli Patricola.

    Steve Larson

    Steve Larson, Viola

    Violist Steve Larson is an active member of the Adaskin String Trio and Ensemble Schumann, and also performs regularly as a soloist, in duo with his wife, violinist Annie Trépanier, and with their acclaimed chamber groups, Avery Ensemble and Cuatro Puntos. Praised for a singing tone and flawless intonation, Larson performs and teaches each summer at the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia and has performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra and as a guest with esteemed ensembles such as the Emerson String Quartet and Miami String Quartet. Also a former member of the Alcan String Quartet, Larson won second prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 1997 in Great Britain, receiving the award for his performance of the commissioned work. Currently Senior Artist Teacher at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford in Connecticut where he has served both as String Department Chair and Chamber Music Chair, Larson holds degrees from McGill University, the University of Montreal and the Hartt School. He plays an exceptional 17- 3/8 inch viola made by Helmuth Keller in 1981.

    Sally Pinkas

    Sally Pinkas, Piano

    Following her London debut at Wigmore Hall, Israeli-born pianist Sally Pinkas has been heard as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the USA, Europe, Asia, Russia and Nigeria. Described by Gramophone Magazine as "...an artist who melds lucid textures with subtle expressive detailing, minus hints of bombast or mannerism...", she has appeared with the Boston Pops, Aspen Philharmonia, Jupiter Symphony and the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra.  Her summer credits include festivals at Marlboro, Tanglewood, Aspen, Monadnock, Apple Hill and Rockport, as well as Kfar Blum in Israel, Officina Scotese in Italy and Masters de Pontlevoy in France.  Pinkas’ extensive solo discography features the piano music of Schumann, Debussy, George Rochberg, Christian Wolff, Daniel Pinkham and Harold Shapero.  As chamber musician she appears regularly with her husband, pianist Evan Hirsch (The Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo), with the Adaskin String Trio, and with the Boston-based Trio Tremonti, of which she is a founding member.  Her principal teachers were Russell Sherman, George Sebok, Luise Vosgerchian and Genia Bar-Niv.  Pianist-in-residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, she is Professor of Music at Dartmouth's Music Department.

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  • Selected Concerts

    Selected Concerts 2015-2016
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    Sunday, September 20, 2015, 3:00pm
    Sarah Cooke Hall, Heritage Village Concerts, Southbury, CT

    Monday, October 12, 7:30pm
    'Music Mondays' Series, King Chapel, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA

    Wednesday, October 28, 6:00pm
    Morse Hall Faculty Recital, The Juilliard School, NY

    Saturday, March 12, 2016, 2:00pm
    Russell Library, Middletown, CT

    Sunday, March 20, 2016, 7:30pm
    Cedarhurst Center, Mount Vernon, IL

    Monday, March 21, 2016, 7:30pm
    Danforth University Center, Washington University in St. Louis, MO

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7:30pm
    Jackson Hall, Georgia Southwestern State University, GA

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 7:30pm
    Auburn Chamber Music Society, AL

    Thursday, March 24, 2016, 8:00pm
    Principia College, Elsah, IL

    Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00pm
    Adaskin String Trio, Ensemble Schumann & Pascal Archer
    Foy Concert Hall, Bethlehem, PA

    Sunday, April 17, 2016, 2:30pm
    Faye Spanos Concert Hall, UOP Conservatory of Music, Stockton, CA
    (Masterclass and Performance)

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:30pm
    Whitewater, WI (Masterclass and Performance)

    Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7:30pm
    The Mansion at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD


    *Chamber Music Society, Bethlehem, PA
    Cranbrook Music Guild, Cranbrook, Michigan
    Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, Oak Ridge, TN
    Pro Musica, Joplin, MO
    *Chamber Music Tulsa, OK
    Matinee Musicale, Mitchell Auditorium, Duluth, MN
    *Da Camera Society, Doheny Mansion, LA, CA
    *Hopkins center, Spaulding Auditorium, Dartmouth College, NH
    Clark Art Museum, Williamstown, MA
    Esbenshade Series, Marietta College, OH
    *Coe Hall Concert Series, Long Island, NY
    *Port Washington Library Series, Port Washington, NY
    Washington College Concert Series, Chestertown, MD
    *Heritage Village Concerts, Southbury, CT

        * Repeat Performance

  • Ensemble 4 Ensemble 5 Ensemble 6
    Ensemble 1 Ensemble 2 Ensemble 3
    Romantic Trios for Oboe, Viola and Piano
    MSR Classics, MS1423

    ES Romantic Trios

    Critics’ Praise for ‘Romantic Trios for Oboe, Viola and Piano’, MS1423

    YouTube    Mozart—Kegelstatt Trio K. 498, 3rd movement (CD preview)

    YouTube   August Klughardt-Zart, in ruhiger Bewegung (MSR CD-1423)

    YouTube   Robert Schumann-- Märchenerzählungen, Op.132 (MSR CD-1423)

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