Morgenstern Trio, Winner of Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, Launches New CD

Farmington Hills, MI, July 23, 2011 --( The Morgenstern Trio, 2009 winner of the prestigious Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award (KLRITA), has recorded a CD released by Azica Records (AZD-71266). The CD features Bedrich Smetana’s Trio in G minor, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8 and Leonard Bernstein’s Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano.

Azica has released the CD worldwide through its distributor, Naxos Records. It is available for purchase through Amazon and ITunes as well as through the Azica Records web site ( The CD is part of the award package given to each of the winners of the KLRITA.

The Morgenstern Trio
Taking its name from the popular German poet, author and humorist Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914), the Morgenstern Trio (Catherine Klipfel, piano, Stefan Hempel, violin and Emanuel Wehse, cello) was formed in 2005 at the Folkwang Academy in Essen, Germany. In 2007, after only two years of intensive collaboration, the Trio was awarded first prize at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, second prize at the Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and second prize and the audience prize at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich.

The Morgenstern Trio has toured throughout Europe under the auspices of the Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler (a national concert organization for Germany's rising young artists). In 2009-2010, the Trio was invited to participate in the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) "Rising Stars" series and made its debut at leading concert halls across Europe in such major cities as Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels, Birmingham and Stockholm.

The Morgenstern Trio’s KLRITA Award tour began in 2010-2011, marking the Trio’s debut appearances in the United States, and will continue in 2011-2012. During the 2011-2012 season, the Trio will also present its first cycle of the complete Beethoven Piano Trios in Koblenz, Germany.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award (KLRITA)
A biennial piano trio award, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award derives its impetus from the desire to honor the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (Joseph Kalichstein, piano, Jaime Laredo, violin, Sharon Robinson, cello) in perpetuity by giving recognition to this prestigious trio's contribution to chamber music worldwide for 35 years. In addition, the award was created to encourage and enhance the careers of accomplished and extraordinarily promising young and "rising" piano trios that will be chosen every other year. The KLRITA was founded by Lois R. Beznos, former President of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit and is administered by the Chamber Music Society.

The Morgenstern Trio was selected by an adjudication panel from nominations that came from classical music presenters, musicians, educators and other professionals around the world.

The KLRITA is based upon the collaboration of 20 participating chamber music presenters. The winning trio benefits from presentation on the series of these 20 participating presenters nationwide over the two-year award period. In addition to the award tour and CD, winning trios also benefit from the contribution by Kenneth Warren & Son, Ltd. of instrument maintenance services by its workshop in addition to its efforts to identify the highest quality violins and cellos as prospective loans to the trio winners during the award period.

The KLRITA is the first piano trio award in the world of classical music and the only such award to be administered by a presenting organization. The award is supported in part by the contribution of $30,000 by 20 participating chamber music presenters. A unique advantage to presenters is that they will have the benefit of an endowed concert every other season in perpetuity, paid for by the award endowment fund.

For additional information, please visit the Chamber Music Society web site,, and follow the link to the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award.

Chamber Music Society of Detroit
Christine Blair