About the Trio

About the Trio 2017-03-20T22:10:44+00:00

About the Poulenc Trio

The Poulenc Trio’s latest collaboration is Trains of Thought: Animated, a mixed-media project featuring a beautifully hand-animated film by artists Elizabeth and Alden Phelps, paired with a commissioned work by Viet Cuong to premiere in Washington DC at the National Gallery in 2017.

The Trio’s latest CD, Creation, debuted at #4 on Apple Music’s iTunes Classical Music playlist and garnered high praise from the American Record Guide for the group’s technique and expressive range. The CD also features a pairing with poet and Guggenheim Fellow Lia Purpura, with a reading of her poems set against Schnittke’s Suite in the Old Style.

Coming collaborations include a new Music at the Museum residency with Chamber Music Raleigh and the North Carolina Museum of Art, featuring a new commissioned work by composer William Henry Curry, and a commission for Trio and Clarinet by GRAMMY-award winning composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel.

Since its founding in 2003, the Poulenc Trio has performed in 45 U.S. states and at music festivals around the world, including the Ravello Festival in Italy, the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico, and the White Nights Festival in Russia, where the group toured with and premiered two new works with violinist Hilary Hahn.

In a recent review, the New York Times praised the Trio for its “elegant rendition” of Piazolla’s Tangos. The Washington Post said the trio “does its namesake proud” in “an intriguing and beautifully played program” with “convincing elegance, near effortless lightness and grace.” A recent performance in Florida – for which the Palm Beach Post praised the group’s “polished loveliness” and the Palm Beach Daily News said the “potent combination” of oboe bassoon and piano had “captured the magic of chamber music”-is regularly rebroadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today nationally syndicated radio program. The Trio has garnered positive attention in recent full-length profiles by Chamber Music magazine, and by the Double Reed Journal. The group has been called “virtuosos of classical and contemporary chamber music” in one profile for Russian television.

The Trio has a strong commitment to commissioning, performing and recording new works from living composers. Since its founding, the Trio has greatly expanded the repertoire available for the oboe, bassoon and piano, with 22 new works written for and premiered by the group, including three triple concertos for Trio and full orchestra.
The Trio has also made a commitment to explore and promote musics that reflect its members’ African, Asian, Eastern European and Jewish roots. Recent concerts have featured works by Afro-Cuban jazz great Paquito D’Rivera, Mexican-American composer Carlos Medina, Russian-American composer Nataliya Medvedovskaya and Yiddish Lexicon, an exploration of Jewish culture by composer Jakov Jakoulov.

The Trio launched a pioneering concert series called Music at the Museum, in which musical performances are paired with museum exhibitions, with special appearances from guest artists and curators. As part of the series, the Trio has collaborated with the National Gallery in Washington DC, the Walters Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art and the Hermitage State Museum in Russia. Guest artist collaborators have included violinist Hilary Hahn, the Thibaud Trio of Berlin, soprano Hyunah Yu, and clarinetists Alexander Fiterstein and Anthony McGill.

The Trio is deeply engaged in musical and educational outreach programs, including Pizza and Poulenc, an informal performance and residency series for younger audiences around the United States. The Trio regularly conducts masterclasses, with recent engagements at the University of Ohio, San Francisco State University, Florida State University and the University of Colima in Mexico.

Individual Bios

Irina Kaplan Lande, piano

Irina Kaplan has served for over 20 years on the piano faculty at the Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory Division, and trained in the famous tradition of piano playing at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.

As an educator, Kaplan has performed and conducted masterclasses and workshops at Ohio State University, Florida State University, the University of Kansas, University of Georgia, Brigham Young University, the University of Miami, San Francisco State University, the University of Milan in Italy, and the University of Colima in Mexico, among others. Her students have participated in numerous competitions and have acheived successful placements at prestigious music schools and universities across the country.

In recent years, Kaplan has collaborated with such notable artists as Hilary Hahn and Anthony McGill, and has performed at festivals including the White Nights Festival in Russia, the Ravello, Amalfi Coast and Alba festivals in Italy, and the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico.

Over the course of her career, Kaplan has championed the performance and promotion of new music, and with the Poulenc Trio has commissioned over twenty new compositions. Kaplan has been featured numerous times in live performance on the nationally-syndicated radio program Performance Today.

Irina serves as the Artistic Director of the Candlelight Concert Series in Columbia, Maryland.

Liang Wang, oboe

Liang Wang joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006 as Principal Oboe, The Alice Tully Chair. Previously, he was principal oboe of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2005–06), Santa Fe Opera (2004–05), and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; associate principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony; and guest principal oboe of the Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. He has performed as concerto soloist with the New York Philharmonic 23 times and is recipient of the 2014 Beijing International Music Festival Artist of the Year award.

Born in Qing Dao, China, in 1980, Liang Wang completed his bachelor’s degree at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra principal oboist Richard Woodhams. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West.

An active chamber musician, he has appeared with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Angel Fire Music Festival, and La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest. He has given master classes at the Cincinnati Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, Seoul University, New York University, and the Beijing, Shanghai, Hanoi, and Singapore conservatories. He is currently on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and New York University, and is an honorary professor at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Bryan Young, bassoon

Winner and finalist in competitions including the Gillet International Bassoon Competition and the ARD International Competition in Munich, The Washington Post writes that his playing ‘dances with a lightness and grace uncommon for his instrument,’ and the Baltimore Sun has praised his ‘particularly beautiful playing, agility and understated elegance.’ Bryan serves as the principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and is a former member of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis. Bryan studied at the Peabody Conservatory with Linda Harwell and at Yale with Frank Morelli.

Bryan has given masterclasses and workshops at NYU, Princeton, Tulane, Loyola University, Ohio State University, Rutgers, Brigham Young University, University of Texas, University of Arizona, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, San Francisco State University, Regents University, MD Institute College of Art (MICA), and Towson University. He is a recipient of the Yale Alumni Ventures Award.

In addition to his musical activities, Bryan is the former leader of Intertwine Systems, a software company that he founded.  As a technologist, Bryan worked with Johns Hopkins and the government of Trinidad and Tobago to develop new research tools for endocrinologists. Bryan is a partner and principal technology advisor to SailTime, the world’s largest fractional sailing company, and JobJybe, an Austin, Texas-based startup focused on business communications. Bryan writes about music, medicine, culture and technology at his blog, Amalgamated Humanity.