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From the exquisite charm of Mozart's Kegelstatt trio, the exuberant folk rhythms of Bartok's Contrasts and light hearted humour of Milhaud's Suite through to the passion and exoticism of Khachaturian's Trio, the Zimro Trio performs music from the chamber music repertoire focusing on music for clarinet, violin and piano. Their approach to music making combines a sense of fun and passion with the spirit of adventure.

With a diverse career that spans solo recitals, ensemble and theatre, Neyire Ashworth is one of the UK's most versatile clarinetists. A founder member of the Britten-Pears Ensemble, with whom she toured Britain and the USA and recorded Jolivet and Frank Martin for ASV, she now plays with the New London Chamber Ensemble. Recent solo projects include Stenclmusic, a music theatre work for actress/clarinetist, tape and projection, which will show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007.

Neyire Ashworth ...a flamboyantly accomplished performance. Nicholas Kenyon, Observer

Paul Barritt combines a busy career as recitalist, chamber musician, concerto soloist and teacher. He is Permanent Guest Leader of the Halle Orchestra, having previously held the position of leader of the Northern Sinfonia and the English Chamber Orchestra. Solo engagements in recent seasons have included performances of Bach Double Concerto with Maxim Vengerov (at the 2000 Proms) and concertos with the Istanbul Philharmonic, L'Orchestre de Picardie, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, the Ulster Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Paul Barritt Full of charm and subtlety. Paul Barritt plays with real vividness and sparkle. BBC Music Magazine

Daniel Becker has received acclaim for his interpretations of standard and contemporary repertoire. First prizewinner at the 2003 British Contemporary Piano Competition, he has given debut performances at Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Salle Cortot, Paris and the Weill Recital Hall, New York. Daniel has recently recorded a CD of chamber music by Alexander Goehr for Meridian Records and solo piano music by Howard Skempton for Black Box.

Daniel Becker Becker dazzles...a rare sense of freedom Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard

The Background to Zimro

In the year 1917 a group of Russian Jewish musicians set out from St Petersburg. They were called 'Zimro' (meaning singer) and toured for three years arriving in America in 1919. 'Zimro', a group of six musicians - string quartet, clarinet and piano, was formed by one of the foremost clarinettists in Russia at this time, Simeon Bellison, in order to support the creation of a state of Palestine and to collect funds for a music conservatoire there. They travelled throughout Eastern Europe and the Far East ending up in the States, where they persuaded Prokofiev who had arrived just a year or so earlier to write a work based on Jewish folk melodies, the Overture on Jewish Themes.

Zimro's newly commissioned work from Prokofiev was based on two Jewish melodies taken from one of Simeon Bellison's personal notebooks in which he had written a collection of Jewish melodies. Bellison had been active in the Jewish folk music movement in Russia from as early as 1906.

From Prokofiev's Diaries, 2nd February 1920
...the Bohemian Club, a club of musicians, who had organised a reception for me on the occasion of the first performance of my "Overture on Jewish Themes". It was a closed event, members only, about 80 people...then our "Zimro" lot performed the Brahms clarinet quintet, which was serious and boring; variations by Gnessin, which were the same and my "Overture". The "Overture" sounded really fine, sometimes a bit shrill (for future performers: the clarinet shouldn't shriek and the piano shouldn't hammer), but after the previous dead numbers, however good quality they were, [my piece sounded] so lively and fresh that the auditorium came to life and gave me a vociferous ovation. The "Overture" was encored, after which I played the 3rd sonata as an extra to the programme. (extract kindly found and translated by Gerard McBurney)

The Zimro Trio's web profile was last updated 5th Dec 2018


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The Zimro Trio's Sample Repertoire

  • Mozart Kegelstatt Trio
  • Brahms Clarinet Sonata in E flat
  • Mozart Violin Sonata in E minor
  • Bartok Contrasts
  • Bruch Four pieces from Op. 83 for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
  • Khachaturian Trio
  • Berg Adagio
  • Schickele (a.ka. P.D.Q. Bach) Serenade for Three
  • Milhaud Suite
  • Stravinsky Three pieces for solo Clarinet
  • Debussy La Serenade interrompue
  • Musgrave Pierrot
  • Menotti Trio
  • Stravinsky The Soldier's Tale

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