Prairie Debut alumna pianist Akiko Tominaga is joined by her musical friends, violinist Laura Reid and cellist Kathleen de Caen, in a program that celebrates the pinnacle composers of three musical periods. The program begins with the work of Romantic era composer Franz Schubert, famous for his lyric vocal songs. Piano Trio in B-flat Major D. 898, Sonatensaz, evokes the exuberance of his youth. Next, one of Canada's most prolific composers, Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne, combines Middle Eastern-inspired melody and North Indian rhythms in Love Triangle. This boundary-crossing work integrates classical structure with three very improvisatory cadenzas from each instrument. In honour of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, the program concludes with a work simply known as The Archduke, which culminates Beethoven's canon of piano trio repertoire.
"Her sound is captivating, delicate, crystalline; her phrasing elegant and intelligent. Above all, one appreciates the humility and sobriety of her artistry...."
Ottawa Citizen on the music of Akiko Tominaga