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My latest ensemble venture is a new trio called “Metamorphoses” which has taken off very quickly! We are three musicians who call five countries home, bringing together our combined international experience to create an exciting chemistry. The performers are violist Roeland Jagers from the Netherlands, pianist Ilona Timchenko, a Russian living in Spain, and myself, an American (though now British too!) living in the UK playing clarinet.  We have already had two fantastic tours around the Netherlands and we will very soon embark on our third.

The biggest news is that Metamorphoses is going to record our first album! This is a big deal for us, it’s our dream! We are very excited to share our unique sound and this incredible repertoire with you. We will record music from five different countries. There will be a couple of pieces that we expect some might know already, but we will be introducing our listeners to some extraordinary and stunningly beautiful music that they have likely never heard before.

As the name “Metamorphoses” suggests, our aim is to continuously evolve together through repertoire and through future collaborations with other artists be they musicians, actors, singers, or visual artists.  While we will naturally perform the household works of Mozart and Schumann, we also seek to explore lesser-known works of outstanding quality, as well as commission new works for our virtuosic yet soulful ensemble.  We have already compiled a list of hundreds of existing works to keep us busy for a long, long time.  Have a look at our short film, hopefully we’ll be coming your way very soon.

I recently played the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time at St. John’s Smith Square in London. It was an unforgettable experience playing chamber ensemble with James Ehnes, Alban Gerhardt, and Steven Osborne. We made a little movie to help with the marketing of the concert, but it came out rather nicely and so I’ll share it with you, here. If you don’t yet know Messiaen’s masterpiece, please seek it out. Messiaen wrote the quartet in a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, where it also received its first performance. Hearing this work, especially live, might just change your life.

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