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Performing with "technical brilliance," "an impressive command of style," and "a remarkable blend of passion and delicacy," the Arden Trio has become one of the most important piano trios on the concert stage today. As winners of the 1981 Concert Artists Guild Award, the Trio's New York debut prompted Edward Rothstein of the New York Times to claim that the Arden seems to be "....not a piano trio at all, but a single musical instrument, played with eminent virtuosity and sensitivity." Subsequent New York performances include appearances at the 92nd Street "Y", the Mostly Mozart Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, the Morgan Library, and most recently at Alice Tully Hall, as soloists with the Little Orchestra Society. Their long-standing interest in bringing chamber music to a wider audience led the Trio to develop a series of programs and activities that they have presented in over thirty states, from Maine to Hawaii. The Arden's community based educational projects extend beyond the traditional concert experience, encompassing a wide range of engaging and informative presentations that have won the endorsement of chamber music organizations throughout the United States. The trio is currently in its third year of a highly successful residency in Sun Valley, Idaho, which is supported by a Chamber Music America Millennium Grant, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. This season also marks the Arden's second year of a concert series at St. Peter's Church in New York City, where the Trio offers informal presentations of both traditional and unusual repertoire. The Arden Trio's 1987 debut recording of Saint-Saens and Ravel Trios on Delos prompted The Strad magazine to comment, "If there is a recording of a trio that sounds better than this, I haven't heard it." Its recordings of four famous Trios by Joseph Haydn (1992) and the complete Mendelssohn Trios (1994) for Channel Classics' Canal Grande label have also earned widespread acclaim. This season, the Arden is represented by the new release of a disc of music by Arthur Foote on the Naxos American Classics series. Committed to extending the chamber music repertoire into the 21st Century, the Trio has commissioned a broad spectrum of American composers, including Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Wuorinen. This season the Arden will premiere a new work by Evan Ziporyn, written under the auspices of a Meet the Composer consortium grant. Widely recognized for their contributions to chamber music, the Arden has gained the support of such leading arts institutions as the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Cultural Council Foundation, the Mary Flagler Carey Charitable Trust, and Chamber Music America. The Arden Trio: Individual Biographies Pianist Thomas Schmidt's multifaceted career has encompassed the roles of soloist, chamber musician, organist, conductor, and teacher. In 1991, Dr. Schmidt was appointed Director of Music at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in New York City, where in addition to his duties as organist and director of choral activities, he performs a weekly organ recital and organizes the weekly Classical Concert Series. He founded the Basically Bach at Saint Peter's festival six years ago, which has become an annual addition to the city's musical life, and conducted the Bronx Concert Singers, where he lead an annual season of major religious works with orchestra. Before his appointment to St. Peter's, he was Professor of Piano at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York for twenty-four years. Dr. Schmidt earned his undergraduate degree in church music at Valparaiso University, and holds advanced degrees in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin and Yale. Violinist Suzanne Ornstein received her training at the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Music. Ms. Ornstein's many musical interests have led her to tour with a variety of artists and ensembles, including as concertmaster of the Coffee Club Orchestra for Garrison Keillor's American Radio Company. This ensemble currently serves as the resident orchestra for City Center's prestigious Encore Series, and has been featured on the PBS television series "Great Performances". Ms. Ornstein also serves as concertmaster of the American Theater Orchestra, which has appeared on PBS's "Live from Lincoln Center" and "Great Performances" series, and is concertmaster of New York City's Little Orchestra Society. She has an extensive discography in her capacity as an ensemble leader, and is a featured performer in recordings with Dawn Upshaw, Jerry Hadley and Audra McDonald, among others. In 1996 Ms. Ornstein completed a Masters degree in Social Work at Columbia University, and devotes a portion of her schedule to work as a behavioral therapist in an urban high school. Cellist Clay Ruede has appeared as a soloist in North America and Europe and participates in a variety of ensembles that reflects an involvement with almost every aspect of contemporary musical life. He has performed with ensembles as diverse as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the contemporary music ensemble Speculum Musicae, and presently serves as principal cellist for the Coffee Club Orchestra and the American Theater Orchestra in performances, broadcasts, and recordings of vintage and classic American music. An active member of New York City's recording industry, Mr. Ruede has played for recording projects as varied as the complete Caprices and Etudes for solo cello of August Franchomme for Koch International and music of the composers Milton Babbitt, Philip Glass, and Stephen Sondheim, as well as film scores as different as those for Spike Lee's and the Disney Studios' films. He has performed as both a soloist and an ensemble player for recordings and broadcasts that feature the singers Marilyn Horne, Thomas Hampson, Emmylou Harris, the Back Street Boys, Jewel, and Billy Joel, the jazz artists Stanley Turrentine and David Liebman, and the "alternative" groups Smashing Pumpkins and Blues Traveler.
Role: Ensemble 
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Chamber Music
Chamber Music
FOOTE, A.: Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2 / Melody / Ballade (Arden Trio) Naxos
Chamber Music
FOOTE: Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2 / Melody / Ballade Marco Polo
Chamber Music
Chamber Music
SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Trio No. 2 / RAVEL, M.: Piano Trio in A Minor (Arden Trio) Delos
Chamber Music

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