The Merling Trio (Renata Artman Knific, violin; Bruce Uchimura, cello; Susan Wiersma Uchimura, piano) is recognized as one of today's premier ensembles. 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.
The Merling Trio takes its name from the Danish violin maker, Paul Merling. Currently, Mr. Uchimura performs on an Enrico Marchetti cello, made in Turin, Italy, in 1899. Ms. Knific's violin, fashioned by Vincenzo Postiglione in Naples, Italy, dates from 1898.
The Trio will play most of the program. They will then add the viola and the bass and perform Schubert's "Trout Quintet".