Katherine Kyme, violin
The Streicher Fortepiano Trio is devoted to period performance of Classical era chamber music. Its members, Katherine Kyme, violin, Joanna Blendulf, cello, and Charlene Brendler, fortepiano, have earned the reputation of presenting exquisitely performed concerts on replica and original instruments. Their musicianship, combined with sensitivity to sonorities, creates a unique musical experience of optimal balance and clarity. Critics frequently praise the Trio’s fine ensemble rapport. Spirited performances by the group convey the musical values and elegant Rococo ambiance of the late 18th century.
The Streicher Trio travels with a transportable 5-octave wooden framed replica instrument, lightweight and delicate in nature. Programs include the standard repertoire of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, as well as an occasional adventurous exploration of other composers contemporary to the Classical and Early Romantic eras. A typical program might include Boccherini and Schobert along with Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, for instance. Collaborations with a guest artist -- clarinet, viola, or voice -- expand the repertoire possibilities.
For twenty years, the Bay Area based Streicher Trio has sustained a notable reputation, performing in various concert venues and music festivals throughout the Western United States. Honors include travel grants for European appearances, multiple touring seasons on the California Arts Council Touring Roster, and being listed on the Early Music America “Star Spangled Season.” The members of the Trio are also widely recognized as accomplished soloists, and all have both ensemble and solo recordings on numerous labels, including harmonia mundi, Music and Arts, Centaur, and Amon Ra.
The ensemble takes its name from Nanette Streicher, a friend of Beethoven’s and the first notable woman piano builder. She shared the vibrant social and esthetic Viennese milieu with Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven at the turn of the century, a time when Romantic style was replacing the Classical style in music.