CANCELED: Curium Piano Trio

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CANCELED: Curium Piano Trio

Dynamic, acclaimed trio specializing in works by female composers

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St Alban's Episcopal Church 1501 Washington Avenue Albany, CA 94706

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We are so sorry; due to an insurmountable scheduling conflict, the artists have regretfully had to postpone this concert until further notice. We look forward to presenting them at some future date.

Founded in the summer of 2017, the women of Curium piano trio have gained reputations as performers that radiate dynamism and presence. Specializing in performing the music of female composers, they are committed to bringing creative and diverse musical programming to their audiences. Curium highlights the works of women composers and performers alongside traditional piano trio repertoire and has brought together a community of people with its representation of diversity and women.

Their concert will feature works by Gabriel Fauré, Gabriela Frank and Paul Schoenfield. To learn more about Curium, please visit their website at:

Curium Trio is: Rachel Kim, piano; Agnieszka Peszko, violin and Carlyn Kessler, cello.

Your safe enjoyment of this wonderful music is our first priority! All artists, guests, and staff must be fully vaccinated and boosted for Covid 19 in order to attend; we will ask for proof of vaccination at the door. At this time, we are also requiring an N95, KN95, or double mask be worn, properly covering nose and mouth, throughout the performance.

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Artist Profiles:

Rachel Kim, piano: Rachel enjoys a prolific career as a concert pianist, educator, and mentor in the Bay Area.

She was born in Seoul, South Korea and began learning music theory and improvisation with her mother, a jazz and rock pianist based in Seoul. She began studying piano in the United States with Helen Smith Tarchalski at the age of 11. During this time, she gained a reputation as a standout performer and consistently won first and second prizes in annual solo and piano ensemble competitions held by Maryland State Music Teachers Association. Her achievements earned her the Distinguished Music Achievement Award by the Maryland State Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Catholic University of America, where she studied with Marilyn Neeley and Jose Ramos Santana, and a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she continues her studies with Paul Hersh. She has performed in various summer festivals around the US and in Europe, including Aspen, Brevard, and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, and has performed in the master classes of world-class musicians including Leon Fleisher, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Bonnie Hampton, and Abby Simon. During her studies at SF Conservatory, she had the opportunity to collaborate and be coached by musicians such as Bonnie Hampton, Ian Swenson, Mack McCray, and Jennifer Culp. She has an unwavering passion for arts education, and during her undergraduate studies was part of a team of founders at Talent, Education, Art and Mentoring After School Program, Inc., a pioneering summer music program that helped bring music and the arts to students in underserved neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.

Agnieszka Peszko, violin: Polish-born violinist Agnieszka Peszko has been praised for her “warm and glowing tone,” and “logical yet captivating phrasing.” (Weigang Li, Shanghai Quartet). She is the founding violinist of the San Francisco – based piano trio Curium, dedicated to performing works of women composers A prizewinner of national and regional string competitions, she has given many solo recitals throughout Europe and the United States. She has also served as a leading violinist of chamber ensembles and orchestras, performing in some of the most renowned concert halls in the USA, Europe and China.

As a laureate of various awards and competitions, she has won 2nd prizes at the Concerto Competition at Montclair State University in New Jersey and the J. Garscia National Competition in Stalowa Wola, 4th prize at the G. Ph. Telemann Competition in Poznan, 1st distinction at the G. Bacewicz Competition in Wroclaw and at the National Irena Dubiska Competition of Violin Music Interpretations in Lodz. Some of her other notable achievements include joining the Shanghai International Youth Orchestra for the concert tour in China in 2016, and being appointed concertmaster of the Cali Camerata, a conductor-less string chamber orchestra, to lead the ensemble in performance at the prestigious Weil Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in 2013.

Agnieszka began playing the violin at the age of seven in her hometown of Warsaw. In the U.S., she had the privilege to pursue her studies under the tutelage of distinguished faculty, including Wei He, Weigang Li, and Laurie Smukler. She received her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, an Artist Diploma and Performance Certificate at John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University as well as a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies at Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Carlyn Kessler, cello: Carlyn enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, educator, and arts advocate. Carlyn is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees. Carlyn has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Chautauqua Institution, as well as in Canada and England. A passionate chamber musician, Carlyn is the cellist of San Francisco-based piano trio Curium, and she was selected as an Emerging Artist Fellow in Chamber Music Silicon Valley's 2018-2019 season. Before relocating to California, Carlyn was a founding member of the Cleveland Cello Quartet, Ensemble-In-Residence at The Music Settlement.

Carlyn has performed in chamber music residencies at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, the Banff Centre, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Domaine Forget, Mendocino Music Festival, and Yellow Barn, among others, and she has collaborated with renowned classical artists Pekka Kuusisto, Martin Beaver, Axel Strauss, Steven Dann, and Frank Morelli. Outside of the classical realm, Carlyn recently performed on tour with Michael Bublé and Josh Groban, and she is featured on the soundtrack of the new animated short film “Let’s Eat” (Anamon Studios), which won “Best Animated Short” at the 2020 Palm Springs International Animation Festival.

A devoted pedagogue, Carlyn maintains a private cello studio and serves on the faculty of Washington College and the Preparatory Music Program at Holy Names University. In Ohio, Carlyn was the Adjunct Professor of Cello at The College of Wooster and Department Head of Strings at The Music Settlement.

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