Reviews 2016-12-16T11:46:44+00:00

“The program explored Latino culture, with performers and composers from Spain and Central and South America representing myriad styles. [The] segment called Tango Argentina! included an elegant rendition of Piazzolla’s Chau Paris by the Poulenc Trio.”
– Vivian Schweitzer, The New York Times

“The Poulenc Trio brought an intriguing and beautifully played program to the [National Gallery of Art’s] West Garden Court. The high point of the evening was Poulenc’s Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon from 1926. It’s an urbane sophisticated piece that unfolds with near-effortless lightness and grace, and these players clearly have it in their collective bloodstream. The Poulenc Trio does its namesake proud.”
– Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post

“The players were particularly impressive…there were warmly molded phrases and panache from all three players. All and all, an entertaining evening from an ensemble that offers equal doses of polish and personality.”
– Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

“From the first notes, we knew that this was a group of first-rate chamber musicians, who took as much delight in the joys of intimate playing as they gave. [In the Piazzolla] the Poulenc played like Argentine street musicians, with plenty of dulce de leche sweetness, like our neighbors to the south love so much.”
– Ken Keaton, Palm Beach Daily

“Poulenc Trio’s performance was shot through with an irrepressible sweetness…the concert was full of charming music, played with spirit and grace…playing that brought the near-capacity crowd to its feet!”
– James D. Watts, Tulsa World

“The Poulenc Trio opened up a new sensibility of sounds and colors to lovers of chamber music.  The audience was full of excitement and wonder, and the high level of virtuosic playing left them mesmerized!”
– Loraine Bernstein, Artist Director,
Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust

“The Poulenc Trio is a very special group…it connected in a very special way with everyone present.  The programming was unusual, and performed at the highest possible level. A standing ovation no less…Exhilarating!”
– Ernest Ragogini, Director,
College of Notre Dame Concerts

“Virtuosos of classical and contemporary chamber music…the performance was a true wonder!”
– Olga Busigina, St Petersburg Television News, Russia

“The Poulenc and Piazzolla were wonderful, but the Handel was simply divine! …Three amazing musicians!”
– Alfredo Franco, Curator of Education,
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University

Individual Reviews

Bryan Young, bassoon

An orchestral program that features two sizable bassoon works is a very rare thing. A concerto by Vivaldi and a colorful creation from 1933 by Villa Lobos showcased the technical agility, mellow tone and thoughtful phrasing of Bryan Young” – The Baltimore Sun

“Young negotiated Vivaldi’s busy lines with an understated elegance…[he] spins out seductive phrases [with] inspired, particularly beautiful playing– The Baltimore Sun

“Young’s music dances with a lightness and grace uncommon for his instrument!” – The Washington Post

“Young possesses a voluptuous sound!” – The DoubleReed

Irina Kaplan, piano

[Kaplan] is a strong pianist who doesn’t settle for an accompanying role!” – Fanfare Magazine

“Irina Kaplan’s playing was most effective!”- Baltimore Sun

Presenters Praise the Poulenc Trio

The Poulenc Trio’s playing . . . had the audience dancing in the aisles. What a joyful experience. Our patrons are saying, ‘This concert was the best of the season thus far. Bring them back!’ The ‘buzz on the street’ is that the Poulenc Trio was simply fabulous!
Howard Chadwick, Nantucket Musical Arts Society
Anytime you have patrons coming to you and saying this was the best concert we’ve had in our 12 seasons, you know the evening was a success.
Tom Kirk, Hart (MI) Community Performing Arts Series
They were fantastic!! Such a musical performance. They were interactive, humorous. They presented a great varied program and their ensemble was so well balanced. Such delicate sounds from the oboe and bassoon, I’d never heard. Their interpretations were superb. We loved them.
Janet Moore, Utica (NY) Chamber Music Society
The Poulenc Trio were absolutely delightful! Their fine musicianship added to the sheer novelty of the instrumental combination and repertoire produced a fresh and enchanting experience for our audience. Subscribers wanted to know if they are going to appear again. Certainly we will want to engage them again in the future.
Gay Stanek, Chicago Chamber Music Society
I was delighted by the Poulenc Trio’s concert last weekend, and so were my board members and principal funders. I sat with the founding trustee, who was thrilled with the program, the ‘sensitivity’ of the performances, and with the simple fact that having a wind concert on an otherwise string-dominated season was ‘wonderfully refreshing.’

I also heard from some of our patrons that this was their favorite event of the season — and this about a series that this year also included the Eroica Trio, the great violinist Ida Kavafian, and our own Alexander String Quartet!

They are consummate professionals and outstanding musicians who play with beauty and elegance. They were a pleasure to work with, and I appreciated their participation in the pre-concert talk — a bonus for our audience.

Ron Caltabiano, Director, Morrison Artist Series, San Francisco State University
VERY Very positive reception. I was surprised at the degree of interest in hearing that kind of ensemble – people felt it was a refreshing change. The Previn piece is a knock-out, too. They played wonderfully.
Paul Nitsch, Queens University Friends of Music, Charlotte, NC
There has been unanimous acclaim from our subscribers re the Poulenc Trio’s presentation and musicianship. The trio, truly, was a wonderful opener for our present season.
Gloria Bruno, El Dorado Community Concert Association, Placerville, CA
Sure hope I can get them to return to Green Bay soon. The Poulenc Trio will always be one of my best ‘finds.’
Roger Bintz, Brown County (WI) Civic Music Association
Everyone (our biggest crowd) who attended the performance raved about Poulenc. They were great in the schools with the students and, as a result, several students came with their parents to the Friday evening performance. It was a great way to begin our season. I, and our board, have really enjoyed getting to know them. They are such nice and interesting people as well as being marvelous musicians.
Judy Baxter, Grand County (CO) Concert Association
The audience gave them prolonged warm applause . . . they were enjoyable and considerate house guests . . . Audience members told me their delight with the concert—program and musicianship. . . it created a rapport with the audience that they gave brief introductory remarks before each piece. . .
Ted Lorraine, San Jose Chamber Music Society
A wonderful performance!
Shelley Brown, Strathmore Hall, Washington, DC
The audience left with joy . . . Precision, humor and sophistication—what a delight for all!
Camie Sands, San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival, Mexico