The three sisters of the Ahn Trio - violinist Angella, and the twins, pianist Lucia and cellist Maria - share a rare family gift of musical virtuosity. Each artist has a highly distinctive style, yet as a trio they comprise a powerful musical ensemble. The Ann Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group gifted with extraordinary powers of communication, superb precision, and an exquisite blend of sound. And, their performances never fail to document the fusion of sparkling artistic temperament and camaraderie unique to siblings.
The Ahn Trio began performing publicly fifteen years ago in their native country, South Korea. The ensemble's first major appearance was a performance broadcast in 1980 on Korean National Television. With the support of various scholarships from the Juilliard School, the Ahn Sisters came to the United States in 1981. The trio has received many prestigious awards, including first prize in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, a grand prize in the Northeast Alliance Competition, the Florence Allan Award in the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, and the "Youth of the Year" award given by the Korean YMCA of New York. The trio was recently featured on the cover of the New York Times, a Time magazine cover story entitled "Asian Whiz Kids." They appeared in an NBC-TV network documentary during the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and on the "Eleventh Hour" with Robert Lipsite on PBS (channel 13), as well as the "Passages from the East" on WQXR AM and FM, and the "Young Artists of the Juilliard Series" on WNCN FM. The Trio has also performed at the J.P. Morgan Library in New York, a concert that was broadcast live on WQXR AM and FM.
The Ahn Trio has given numerous recitals throughout Europe and the Far East, as well the United States, and has been a frequent guest of New York's Lincoln Center. Members of the Trio have performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the Little Society Orchestra at Lincoln Center, the Korean Broadcasting Orchestra, the Korean Symphony, and the Young Artists Orchestra. The Trio has appeared in many major concert series including Chamber Music Concert Series at Alice Tully Hall, the "Juilliard Plus One" Series in Albany, New York, the Boulder Public Library Concert Series and Salida - Aspen Concert Series in Colorado, the Classics in the Garden Series in St. Thomas, the John Harms Theater Series in New Jersey, the Shoreline Series in Connecticut, and the Lehman College Chamber Music Concert Series and the Hofstra University International Concert Series in New York City. Several contemporary composers have written work for the Trio. Most recently, the Trio premiered Eric Ewazen's Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano. In addition to their performance schedule, the Trio also gives workshops and masterclasses at various educational centers in North America. The Ahn Trio currently serves on the faculty of the Music at Maple Mount; A Summer Institute For Young Musicians in Indiana.
The Ahn Trio has studied and coached with Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Herbert Stessin, Aldo Parisot, Stephen Clapp, Yo Yo Ma, Felix Galimir, Joseph Kalichstein, Elmar Oliviera, David Finckel, Rita Sloan, Wu Han, Paul Kantor, William Grubb, and Sandra Rivers. Lucia and Maria have recently received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. Angella is presently in her first year of the Master of Music program at the Juilliard School.