The Fidelio Trio performs extremely diverse repertoire internationally. Broadcasts include regular appearances on BBC Radio 3 as well as RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, and Radio New Zealand. In 2010 they were featured in a documentary entitled First Love on Sky Arts with broadcaster Katie Derham. Since their South Bank debut, they have appeared at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Royal Opera House, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Brighton Festival, Fuse Leeds, West Cork Music, Belfast Festival at Queens, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Casa da Musica (Porto), Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris), Contemporaneamente Festival, Lodi, and Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice (Italy).
CD releases include Bulb on NMC featuring trios by Kevin Volans, Donnacha Dennehy, Deirdre Gribbin, and Ed Bennett, Metamorphoses, the chamber music of Icelandic composer Haflidi Hallgrimsson on Delphian Records, Bartlebooth, the music of Joe Cutler on NMC, and most recently, The Piano Tuner for Delphian Records (premiere recordings of Scottish trios by Judith Weir, Nigel Osborne and Sally Beamish). Forthcoming are From Vienna (Schoenberg, Korngold, and Zemlinsky) for Naxos, the complete Michael Nyman Piano Trios for MN Records, a Piers Hellawell portrait disc, and a Robert Keeley portrait disc for NMC.
As advocates for the enormous range of possibilities the piano trio holds for composers, the Fidelio Trio is constantly commissioning new works. The diverse range of leading composers that the trio is associated with includes Toshio Hosokawa, Howard Skempton, Charles Wuorinen, Gerald Barry, Johannes Maria Staud, and their extensive repertoire of premieres includes music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Edison Denisov, Beat Furrer, and Toru Takemitsu. Outstanding artists they have collaborated with include Patricia Rozario (soprano), Alexander McCall Smith (writer), Lore Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano), Matthew Jones (viola), and Roger Heaton (clarinet). They are Music Network artists and are supported by PRS for Music Foundation, Culture Ireland, and the Arts Council of Ireland.
2010/2011 highlights include their US debut tour with additional appearances at SUNY New Paltz and MIT in Boston, a tour of South Africa and Botswana, a Moving on Music tour of Ireland, two Scottish tours, multiple UK appearances, as well as 2 CD releases.
Darragh Morgan, violin
Robin Michael, cello
Mary Dullea, piano
Evan Ziporyn makes music at the crossroads of genre and culture, high and low, west and east. Raised in a musically ecumenical household in Evanston, Illinois, he grew up listening to his father’s violin, his grandmother’s Yiddish Socialist chorus, his mother’s extensive folk and jazz collection, and the sounds of top 40 and Motown on AM radio. At his father’s insistence he began violin, giving it up for piano within weeks. A deep desire to play trumpet was thwarted by his 4th grade bandmaster, and his career as a clarinetist began. He started composing music at age 13 after a visionary high school music teacher played him in rapid succession Le Sacre, Charles Ives’ Quarter Tone Studies, Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting in A Room, and Steve Reich’s Come Out.
Ziporyn studied composition at Eastman with Joseph Schwantner and at Yale with Robert Moore, David Lewin, and Martin Bresnick. In 1979, he heard a recording of traditional Balinese gamelan and had a self-described “conversion experience.” He spent the following summer in Oakland working with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, then traveled to Bali and studied gender wayang and pelegongan drumming. Returning to the US after traveling through Asia and Africa, Ziporyn received his MA and PhD in composition from UC Berkeley, studying with Gerard Grisey and Andrew Imbrie, and eventually became the music director of Sekar Jaya.
Ziporyn has performed his own solo clarinet work on every Bang On A Can New York marathon since 1987, as well as taking part in dozens of seminal performances of works by Louis Andriessen, Morton Feldman, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, and many other major contemporary composers. In 1992 he became a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-stars with whom he has recorded for numerous labels and premiered over one hundred new works specifically written for the group.
In 1990, Ziporyn joined the MIT faculty, founding Gamelan Galak Tika as a student group there in 1993. He also began composing an ongoing series of groundbreaking cross-cultural works, imbuing his work for western instruments with doses of Balinese sensibility, and in turn combining gamelan with saxophones, guitars, electronics, Chinese and African instruments, and full orchestra. He also incorporated Balinese theatrical practice – dance, vocals, and puppet mastery – into two evening-length theater works, 2001’s ShadowBang and 2004’s Oedipus Rex. These pieces led to his opera, A House in Bali, based on Colin McPhee’s memoir, which brought western-trained singers together with Balinese traditional performers, and the All-stars together with Gamelan Salukat, an ensemble of teenage boys from Pengosekan Village, Bali.
Ziporyn recorded the definitive version of Steve Reich’s multi-clarinet New York Counterpoint in 1996, as well as sharing in the Reich Ensemble’s Grammy for Music for 18 Musicians in 1998.
In 2001, he released his first solo clarinet CD, This is Not A Clarinet, which was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. He continues to concertize as a soloist, as well as composing & performing concerti for bass clarinet and orchestra for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the American Composers Orchestra, and the MIT Wind Ensemble.
As a composer, his works have also been commissioned and performed by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Kronos Quartet, Orkest de Volharding, Maya Beiser, So Percussion, and Gamelan Semara Ratih.