“…a beauty of sound and striking expression that is rarely surpassed.” - BREMEN WESER KURIER
Praised for their “beauty of sound and striking expression” (Bremen Weser Kurier), the Iris Trio (clarinetist Christine Carter, violist Molly Carr, and pianist Anna Petrova), began working together during their years at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. They performed their debut in 2013 at the German Consulate in New York City to a sold-out audience and were immediately invited to appear at the prestigious Mozartfest in Würzburg, Germany. The Trio subsequently gave the world premiere of Christof Weiß’s Conversation Among Friends at the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Residence Palace and were featured in Michael Wende & Andreea Varga’s documentary, “MozartLabor.” They have since performed extensively across North America and Europe.
The Iris Trio's most recent project, Homage and Inspiration, pairs works by Schumann and Mozart with modern tributes to these masterpieces by György Kurtág and Christof Weiß. In April 2018, the Trio toured Homage and Inspiration across Germany to much critical acclaim. The Bremen Wester Kurier commented on the ensemble’s “tremendously expressive, exciting and pointed performance”
"Their ensemble playing is simply fabulous, perfectly balanced, admirable in its rhythmic security and virtuosity.”
- AMBERGER ZEITUNG
“…a musical and lively performance, strong in the technical nuances, and with an exquisite balance of sound.”
- AUGSBURGER ALLGEMEINE
“The Iris Trio engaged with the piece with sensitivity and great tonal beauty, and brilliantly mastered its high technical demands. Definitely music and musicians that invite you to listen again and again!”
- EVELYN MEINING, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR,
“The Iris Trio convinced with a tremendously expressive, exciting and pointed performance - all the way to the gentle final beat of the drum.”
- BREMEN WESER KURIER
and the Amberger Zeitung remarked that “their ensemble playing is simply fabulous, perfectly balanced, admirable in its rhythmic security and virtuosity.” The Augsburger Allgemeine offered "...a musical and lively performance, strong in the technical nuances, and with an exquisite balance of sound." The final concert of the tour took place at the renowned Sendesaal in Bremen, where their debut album was recorded.
Combining works from the standard trio repertoire alongside commissions by contemporary artists is a concept that the Trio continues to explore and champion. Their recent commissions include two new works for the clarinet, viola, and piano trio instrumentation by Canadian jazz artist, Florian Hoefner (with poetry by Giller Poetry Prize winner, Don McKay), and the Brooklyn-based American composer, Randall Woolf.
The Iris Trio’s upcoming engagements include residencies at the University of Louisville, Kentucky and Memorial University in St. John’s, Canada, as well as concert tours in Canada and Europe.The three members of the Trio are each active recitalists and educators in their own right. Collectively they hold faculty positions at the Juilliard School, University of Louisville, and Memorial University, and have performed around the world on many of the major concert stages from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Sydney Opera House.