Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin; Riko Higuma, piano
The Zodiac Trio is recognized as one of the foremost clarinet- violin-piano ensemblestoday. Their extensive touring schedule includes Ottawa Chamberfest, Beijing Performing Arts Center, Izumi Hall, Bruno Walter and Tishman Auditoriums in New York. The trio's performances have been broadcast by France 3 Television, Beijing's CCTV News, CBC Radio and Television, NBC, WGBH Boston, and Radio France, Paris.
The Zodiac Trio is praised for its "impeccable technique" (Fanfare Magazine), "remarkable musicality of rare intensity" (La Tribune), "seemingly effortless ease" (San Angelo Standard Times), "truly exceptional and sublime talent" (Nice-Matin); and was declared by La Marseillaise "one of the best chamber ensembles of its generation..." In addition to performing, the ensemble has been invited to present master classes and clinics at numerous institutions, including the San Francisco Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and the China Conservatory of Beijing.
Ariel Barnes is principal cello for the Nuernberger Symphoniker since 2016.
Internationally recognized for his unique tone, passionate performances and one vital half of COULOIR, Ariel is actively involved in the development of 21st Century Art Music. Ariel was selected by the CBC as one of six Canadian cellists for its celebrated Canadian Bach Cello Suite Project and was recently awarded First Prize at the 24th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austra. Equally comfortable with Baroque to Modern musical languages, his international concert engagements include concerto appearances, chamber music collaborations and solo recitals, all featuring world premiers of contemporary art music featuring exceptional stylistic diversity.
" Truly an inspiring artist, Ariel Barnes is the outstanding Canadian cellist of his generation ... it's always an event when he performs."
Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Music Director of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
" The ability to reach deep into his listeners souls "
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