Jennifer Carsillo, Violin; Kevin Bate, Cello; Yoonie Han, Piano
Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
“Driven by lush violin-and-cello unison melodies” and a timbre that is “fuller than the brain imagines three musicians can sound,” (Jon Sobel, BlogCritics) the Gloriosa Trio burst onto the music scene in January 2014 as brightly as the flame lily for which the group is named. The trio’s carefully-crafted thematic programs delivered in exuberant performance have appealed to diverse audiences around the country, with critics hailing the Gloriosa Trio’s debut concerts in Palm Beach and New York City as “…a special, aesthetic experience not to be ignored” (Allen Rosenberg, the Daily News) while marveling that “…the Gloriosa Trio played as if the musicians had been together for years.” (Jon Sobel, BlogCritics). All experienced chamber musicians with a passion for collaboration, pianist Yoonie Han, violinist Jennifer Carsillo, and cellist Kevin Bate looked to the beauty of nature to inspire them with a name for their group, finding in the Gloriosa lily a fitting symbol to describe their fervent desire to share the music they love.
Having made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at Seoul Arts Center at age 13, Pianist Yoonie Han has since performed with the Berlin Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, New York Concert Artists Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Pre-College Symphony. She has played such celebrated venues as at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Frick Collections, Symphony Space, Boston University Tanglewood Festival, Harvard University, New York University, University of Florida, Embassy Series in Washington D.C., Rockefeller University’s Tri-Noon Series, Myra Hess Series, Phillips Collections in the U.S., Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bergamo Festival in Italy, Salle Cortot in France, Mozart Museum in Czech Republic, and SeJong Performing Arts Center in Korea. In 2012-13, with support from Fulbright Foundation, she has toured Steinway Halls in U.S., and Europe. Her performances have also been broadcast on WQXR- New York, NPR’s “Artist Showcases”, Chicago’s WFMT, and many other radio stations. Her debut album was released by Concert Artists Guild. Her second album, ‘Love and Longing’ on Steinway Records was “Album of the week” on WQXR and made the Top 21 on the Billboard Classical Chart. Her upcoming album, “Goyescas,” also on Steinway Records, will be released in 2017 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer, Enrique Granados.
Ms. Han received her Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Eleanor Sokoloff, her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a pupil of Robert McDonald, and her Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook, privately studied with Eduardus Halim. She has given masterclasses at Harvard University, New York University, Baruch College of City University of New York, Boston University, Berklee College of Music, College of William & Mary, San Francisco Conservatory, Steinway Hall Washington D.C., California State University in Sacramento, State University of New York, Longy School of Music, Fulbright College of University of Arkansas, University of North Dakota, Amalfi Coast Music Festival and AmiCa Piano Festival in Italy.
As an avid Chamber Musician, Yoonie Han is the founder of the Gloriosa Piano Trio, with which it had a sold-out debut at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida. The Trio has taught and performed at New Jersey City University, University of North Florida, Emory University, Shorter University, and Georgia South Western University. She has collaborated with Canadian Brass, Alexander String Quartet, Attacca Quartet, Aeolus Quartet, Anthony McGill, Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program, and Kronberg Academy in Germany.
Ms. Han has also enjoyed special sponsorships from Roche Bobois, the Paris-based international retailer of fine furniture; Brequet, Switzerland’s leading maker of luxury timepieces, and Dolce & Gabbana, the Italian fashion house, which has supplied gowns for her concerts
She has performed benefit concerts for the American Cancer Society, Philippines Cancer Society, Legal Aid Society, American Friends of London Philharmonic, and New York Asian Week.
She is an Assistant Professor of Piano and Chamber Music, and Artistic Events Coordinator at Bilkent University, Turkey. She’s a founder and Artistic Director of Bilkent Piano Festival, as well as Young Artists Concert Series at Korean Embassy in Turkey.
Yoonie Han is a Steinway Concert and Recording Artist.
Violinist Jennifer Carsillo has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Russia, Jamaica, Austria, California, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia, and has performed recitals throughout the United States and in England, France, and Italy. In 2006, Jennifer became the violinist of the Evangeline Trio, joining founding members Ruth Drummond (cellist) and Gay Grosz (pianist).
Last season’s recitals included collaborations with artists such as violin virtuoso Vadim Gluzman and Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu, as well as a Colorado recital Ms. Carsillo performed with her husband, Michael Butterman, in honor of Sarah Chang. An advocate for new music, Jennifer Carsillo premiered Todd Gabriel’s Harmony, Sincerity, and Energy for Violin and Piano at Centenary College’s School of Music in February 2013. This season’s highlights include a new piano trio being written for her by composer Gregory Robin, performing at New York City’s Harvard Club with the Gloriosas, and joining chart-topping artist Simone Dinnerstein in a performance of Bach’s C minor Sonata for Violin and Piano (BWV 1017).
Ms. Carsillo was in residence as the violinist for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, performing and recording seven world premieres written for the group, together with the standard works of living composers. She was also a featured artist at the Prince Albert Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii and traveled to France and Italy to perform a series of violin and harp duo recitals with Parisian harpist Isabelle Perrin for the Chateau de Montcaud and the Maestro Foundation Cremona. The success of these recitals led to a new collaborative project: a concerto for harp and violin by the French master composer, Jean-Michel Damase, written for the duo and debuted in October 2007. Ms. Carsillo has also performed with the Ritz Chamber Players and was featured with the band Metro Area at Miami Beach’s Winter Music Conference—the dance music industry’s signature annual event.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Carsillo was introduced to the violin through the public school system, and her passion for music led her to the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Marilyn McDonald. After winning the Oberlin Concerto Competition, Ms. Carsillo continued her education as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and under the tutelage of the legendary pedagogues Franco Gulli and Josef Gingold at Indiana University, earning her Master’s Degree in violin performance.
Jennifer Carsillo’s latest commercial recording showcases her unusual gift as a narrator with many voices in Bradford Ross’ A Family for Baby Grand. Recorded with the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra, the disc also features the great American actor John Lithgow narrating Francis Poulenc’s The Story of Babar. Jennifer also performed (violin) with her sister, jazz vocalist Lori Carsillo, on Lori’s album Jazz Lullabies for Little Dreamers.
Cellist Kevin Bate is an active soloist and chamber musician. He has performed as featured soloist with orchestras in Europe and North America and has given recitals on both continents. Mr. Bate serves as Assitant Principal Cellist of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Principal Cellist of Orchestra Kentucky. Previously, Mr. Bate served as Principal Cellist and performed as soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. In Evansville, as a member of the Eykamp String Quartet, Mr. Bate held the position of Artist in Residence at the University of Evansville.
As a champion of contemporary music, Mr. Bate has premiered several new compositions by composers such as Joseph Sheehan and David Schneider and performed new works by Arturo Marquez, Russell Peck, Samuel Zyman, and Lowell Libermann among others. Mr. Bate also has collaborated in recording new works by Douglas Lowry for the Summit label.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kevin Bate studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hochschule fuer Musik in Freiburg, Germany. He received his Bachelor degree from DePauw University and a Performance Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with Janos Starker. Mr. Bate’s teachers include Adriana Contino, Eric Edberg, and Uri Vardi.
Kevin Bate plays on a modern cello made by Turkish luthier Ersen Aycan.