Classical group Trio Karénine to perform in Williamsburg

Staff writer

Founded in Paris in 2009, classical music group Trio Karénine will bring their musical stylings to Williamsburg Jan. 15 as part of the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg 2018-2019 season.

The trio’s performance will be the fourth in the six-concert series, which began in September with a show headlined by The Attacca Quartet. Jim Coomer, president of the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, said the group was formed in 1987 and has since enjoyed strong community interest in its popular annual concert series.

“It’s a subscription series and we sell out every year,” Coomer said. “What we bring to Williamsburg are groups from all over the world who perform chamber music, which are trios, quartets, quintets or strings and it’s all classical music.”

Trio Karénine has toured China and Japan, and has performed in major halls including Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Pleyel and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montréal. The group has been lauded internationally, winning top prizes at the 2013 ARD International Competition and the 2015 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele.

This is the first time that Trio Karénine has performed in a Chamber Music Society season. Coomer said the society’s artist selection committee works a year in advance to review the availability of chamber music groups throughout the world.

“We work quite strenuously to maintain the quality of the groups that we have,” he said. “It’s very selective and it’s one of the finest things that people can do in Williamsburg, if they’re into classical music.”

Chamber Music Society season subscriptions cost $90, or $30 for students, and feature one general admission ticket for each of the six concerts. Standby tickets for individual concerts can also be purchased for $20, or $5 for students.

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