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Dolce Suono Trio – Mimi Stillman, flute, Yumi Kendall, cello, and Charles Abramovic, piano – is comprised of Curtis Institute of Music graduates who dazzle audiences and the press with their artistic brilliance, elegance, and dynamism. “Beautiful texturing…a stunning ensemble” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). The ensemble emerged in 2006 from long and fruitful partnerships among the artists. The 2009-10 season featured the world premiere of a trio by Charles Abramovic jointly commissioned by the Dolce Suono Ensemble and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, with engagements for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Swarthmore College, Curtis Institute of Music, Bard College, and a special interdisciplinary project involving student artists at Moore College of Art and Design. The 2010-2011 season includes performances on the Dolce Suono Ensemble Presents series in Philadelphia, for the New York Flute Club, Market Square Concerts (Harrisburg), Bucks County Performing Arts Center, and at other venues.

Dolce Suono Trio is known for its innovative programming and active commissioning of today’s composers. The trio collaborated with Ned Rorem and George Crumb, who remarked about the trio’s performance of Vox Balaenae, “it's a real pleasure for a composer to hear one's music played with both bravura and musical sensitivity.” The ensemble commissioned Richard Danielpour to write a trio, Remembering Neda: Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano. The work is the composer’s reflection on his Persian-Jewish background, and a meditation on the humanitarian crisis in Iran and the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom. The Dolce Suono Trio will premiere the work in Philadelphia and New York in fall 2010, and tour with it throughout the 2010-2011 season.

Dolce Suono Trio is the flagship ensemble of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, which Mimi Stillman founded in Philadelphia in 2005. A highly regarded and pioneering force in the music world, Dolce Suono Ensemble informs and enriches people’s lives through chamber music, with dynamic performances, innovative programming, the commissioning and performance of important contributions to the chamber music repertoire, and the engagement of diverse communities through educational and outreach events. Dolce Suono’s active commissioning program has led to the creation of 21 new works in six years.

Mimi Stillman, internationally acclaimed flutist, has performed as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, and at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Verbier Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, and other venues. She is a Yamaha Performing Artist, the winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists, and founder and Artistic Director of the Dolce Suono Ensemble. At 12, she was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. She has recorded for the EMI, DTR, Albany, and Innova labels. She teaches masterclasses at universities and flute societies, and as flute clinician at Yamaha’s Music for All Festival. She holds an M.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is a published author on music and history. She has received fellowships from the Earhart and Bradley Foundations, and Dolce Suono Ensemble has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Music Project, and other organizations. www.mimistillman.org.

Yumi Kendall is assistant principal cello of The Philadelphia Orchestra. She has performed chamber music at Music from Angel Fire, Verbier Festival, Marlboro Festival, Taos School of Music, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall’s Emerson String Quartet Workshop. She is a founding member of the Dolce Suono Trio. As a member of the Dryden String Quartet, she has performed for the Schneider Concert Series, the Dutch and German Embassies, and other venues. At 16, she made her solo debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with David Soyer and Peter Wiley. She has served on the faculties of the National Orchestral Institute, New York State School for Orchestral Studies, the Strings International Festival, and the University of Pennsylvania chamber music department, and will join the Brevard Music Center’s faculty in the summer of 2010.

Charles Abramovic is widely acclaimed for his international performances as soloist, chamber musician, and collaborator with leading musicians. As a recitalist he has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 14 with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has soloed with the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Phiharmonic, Florida Philharmonic, and other orchestras. He performs regularly with artists such as Midori, Viktoria Mullova, and Sarah Chang. He is a distinguished composer as well as interpreter of new music. A founding member of the Dolce Suono Trio, Mr. Abramovic has also been commissioned to write for the ensemble. He has recorded for the EMI, Bridge, Koch, Avie, and DTR labels. He is Professor of Keyboard Studies at Temple University, and a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and Temple University.

Comments from composers:
"I want to express to you my appreciation for your very beautiful performance of my "VOX BALAENAE" on your recent Dolce Suono concert! It's a real pleasure for a composer to hear one's music played with both bravura and musical sensitivity. I want to wish you and Dolce Suono continued success in all your future endeavors." – George Crumb

"Thank you for the beautiful playing of the flute Trio." – Ned Rorem

“The members of the Dolce Suono Trio combine to deliver not only the sweet sounds that are their trademark, but high energy and excitement as well, with a wide range of emotions in between. Their conviction for new music is a boon to contemporary composers, and working with them is a true delight.” – Curt Cacioppo

Press quotes:
“Beautiful texturing…a stunning ensemble”– The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Playing that combined elegance and depth” – Broad Street Review
“The trio performed with enthusiasm and emotion… One of the most enjoyable parts of the concert was the rapport between the performers and the audience members.”
– The Bi-College News
“Think classical music is stuffy and inaccessible? Think again.” – The Bulletin
“The three rendered its verses to perfection.” – Philadelphia Inquirer


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