America's Premier Trio

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Joseph Kalichstein, piano
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello
“It’s a rare luxury to hear music-making of such integrity and joy, and an equally rare privilege to be party to such an intimate musical conversation.”

— American Record Guide —

After four decades of success the world over, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with its performances. Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter's Inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature, consistently bringing technical mastery, expressive depth, and magnetism to the concert stage. The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio balances the careers of three internationally-acclaimed soloists while making annual appearances at many of the world's major concert halls, commissioning spectacular new works, and maintaining an active recording agenda.

In addition to performances of André Previn's acclaimed Trio No. 2, commissioned by the Music Accord consortium of presenters, highlights of the 2014-15 season include recitals in New York City, Cincinnati, Miami, Washington DC, and the complete three-concert cycle of all the Beethoven trios for the Detroit Chamber Music Society.  Their 15-16 Season features premiere performances of a new Trio by David Ludwig, commissioned specifically for them, Dvorak Quartet performances with Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Schubert's glorious "Trout" Quintet with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a Beethoven Trio Cycle in Miami among other highlights.

On the recording front, 2014 saw the release of "Passionate Diversions," works written for them by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich including her Quintet, Septet, and Trio on the AZICA label (2014). The Trio also recently released a double CD set of Schubert on the BRIDGE label to great acclaim. The Trio’s previous recording projects on KOCH include a 4-disc Brahms Cycle of the complete trios, Arensky & Tchaikovsky Trios and a beloved two-volume set of the complete Beethoven Trios.  In addition, KOCH re-released many of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio’s hallmark recordings, including works of Maurice Ravel,  Richard Danielpour and of Dmitri Shostakovich as well as "Legacies," filled with trios written especially for the group by Pärt, Zwilich, Kirchner and Silverman.

Celebrations of the Trio's 40th Anniversary begin in the 2016-17 season and include a repeat of their White House program (Mendelssohn and Schubert) with a specially commissioned opening work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen Zwilich, complete Beethoven cycles at Boston's Gardner Museum and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and much more.

Program biography

The Trio's 40th Anniversary Scrapbook

“The foremost trio with the greatest longevity…bring(ing) to worldwide audiences their expressive and exhilarating interpretations.”

- Musical America -

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Celebrating Its 40th Year!
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New works written for the Trio

Zwilich (1987)/ Silverman (1989)/ Kirchner (1993)/ Pärt (1993)/ Danielpour (2000)/ Tower (2003)/ Danielpour Quartet with Viola (2006)/ Zwilich Septet with the Miami Quartet (World Premiere 2009)/ Zwilich Bass Quintet (2011 – commissioning partners being assembled)/ Previn Trio (2012 - sponsored by the Music Accord Consortium)


Annual CD releases of The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio are available on KOCH International Classics. The catalog includes newly commissioned works for the Trio as well as re-releases of the group’s hallmark recordings from their past thirty years of making music together. Their most current release features the complete trios of Brahms.


Please note the below are samples only.

The Trio crafts each program carefully and specific offerings for each venue will be submitted by the Trio.

Complete Beethoven Cycle
Over the course of one weekend or several visits during a single season, treat your audience to a transversal of this magnificent body of work. All-Schubert and All-Brahms programs are also available.

Two Faces of Struggle
Beethoven and Shostakovich - Separated by nearly 100 years of tumultuous history, Shostakovich and Beethoven wrote chamber music that defines their centuries. Heard together, they outline many of the most gripping possibilities for piano trio.

Haydn, Vienna, and the Birth of Chamber Music
One to three concerts celebrating the anniversary of the “father” of the piano trio, with works of Haydn and Schubert, plus Mendelssohn and/or Beethoven.

Traditional Piano Trio Programs
A few samples from recent seasons. Programs including works written for the trio are also available.  Please consult for specific offerings:

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