The Merling Trio to Perform


One of today’s premiere string ensembles, the Merling Trio, will perform as part of West Shore Community College’s Performing Arts Series on Fri., Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center Stage Theater.

A truly international trio, it brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds. The Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision, and an impeccable blend of sound.

The trio made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and was named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994.

In residence at the School of Music at Western Michigan University, members of the trio have also been faculty members at the Schlern International Music Festival and the ENCORE School for Strings. Renowned educators, their students hold positions in major orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the world.

“We are very excited to have the Merling Trio at the college.  As a point of interest, Cellist Bruce Urchiuma is also professor of music and director of orchestra’s at Western Michigan University.  Professor Urchiuma will be bringing the 90-member Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra to our area next December for a full performance of Tchaikovsky's ‘The Nutcracker,’” says Ted Malt, interim director of performing arts and professor of music studies.

The Merling Trio has given numerous recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Members of the Trio have performed with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and the South Carolina Philharmonic, under the baton of such notable conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, and Christoph Eschenbach.

Recent trio performances include concerts for the Lagerstrom Concerts Series at Caltech, the Texas Friends of Chamber Music Series, the Jewel Box Series in Chicago, the Charleston Chamber Music Society, Merkin Hall, and the Antioch College Professional Piano Series.

Performances by the Merling Trio have been broadcast widely on television and radio, including WNYC, WFMT 98.7 in Chicago, Interlochen Public Radio, and Peachstate Public Radio.

Tickets for the concert are available online or the WSCC Box Office by calling 843-5507 or by emailing

Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations