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The Janaki String Trio came to national attention in America in 2006 as the first string trio to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Founded at The Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles in early 2005, the group won the 59th Annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in the same year. The Trio brings together three virtuoso musicians whose passion and commitment produce a unique connection with audiences, not only in the standard works of the repertory, but also with rarely heard masterworks, such as Penderecki’s gripping String Trio, as well as provocative new pieces by Andrew Norman, among others, that broaden the repertoire for string trio. The BMI Commissioning Prize from the CAG Competition brings the ensemble a new work, and California’s South Bay Chamber Music Society has honoured the Trio with the organization’s first commission, a work by Pierre Jalbert. Performance highlights include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Colburn Chamber Music Society and the Honest Brook, Music Mountain, Mendocino, Martha’s Vineyard and Great Lakes Camber Music Festivals as well as educational outreach concerts for the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles. 

Serena McKinney performs on a Nicolaus Gagliano violin (circa 1760) on loan to her from the Mandell Collection of Southern California; Katie Kadarauch performs on a Giovanni Grancino viola (circa 1695) also on loan to her from the Mandell Collection of Southern California; and Arnold Choi performs on a Carlo Tononi cello (circa 1725) on loan to him from an anonymous donor.

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