Violinist Emily Bruskin and her cello-playing sister Julia Bruskin founded the Claremont Trio in 1999 at Juilliard. The third member of the group (pianist Andrea Lam) joined in 2012. The ensemble is the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
The Claremont Trio was in the Rogue Valley for a pair of performances for the Chamber Music Concerts 2019-2020 season, and the two programs shed light on the diversity of their concert repertoire. A mix of standard works from Dvořák and Schumann are pared with lesser-known pieces from contemporary composers like Kati Agócs and Sean Shepherd. The trio joined JPR's Eric Teel in the Steve Nelson performance space for a sampling of Dvořák and Fanny Mendelssohn.