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Curium Piano Trio

Date & Time: Saturday October 5, 7:30  p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

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Jennifer Higdon

  1. Pale Yellow
  2. Brilliant Blue

Germaine Tailleferre – Piano Trio (1916/17, rev. 1978)

  1. Allegro animato
  2. Allegro vivace
  3. Moderato
  4. Tres anime

Clara Schumann
– Piano Trio in g minor op.17

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Scherzo
  3. Andante
  4. Allegretto

About the Artists

Curium: the 96th element in the periodic table. Discovered in the Bay Area in 1944 and named after the pioneering female scientist, Marie Curie, the element is a symbol of the innovations of female minds, past and present.

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. The Curium trio highlights the works of women composers and performers alongside traditional piano trio repertoire, and have brought together a community of people with their representation of diversity and women.

Curium was chosen as the 2017 winners of the Barbara Fritz Chamber Music Award.


Rachel Kim, pianist

Rachel Kim 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 the 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. During her undergraduate studies, her dedication for bringing music to all audiences led her to join a team of founders at Talent, Education, Art and Mentoring After School Program, Inc., a summer music program that helped bring music and the arts to underserved neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.

Rachel is a versatile musician whose diverse performing and pedagogical experiences help her navigate the challenging world of classical music in today’s society. She has taught privately for over ten years, has worked as a staff accompanist at the San Francisco Conservatory, and is a member of the historic Berkeley Piano Club. Her concert engagements around the Bay Area have included Avedis Concerts at the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum with Alexandra Hawley and Roy Milan, Chamber Music Society of Sacramento with William Barbini, and various private house concerts throughout the city. Currently she is on faculty at the Branson School in Ross, California, where she serves as Music Director for the annual musical productions and directs the Honors Chamber Singers and Chamber Music classes.

Agnieszka Peszko, violinist

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.

As a dedicated teacher, Agnieszka enjoys working with all her students and she takes great pride in her students’ success. In addition to her private violin studio, she is also on the violin faculty at Inspire Music and Amabile School of Music in San Francisco.

Carlyn Kessler, cellist

Cellist Carlyn Kessler, whose performances have been praised as “stunning” (ClevelandClassical), enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, educator, and arts administrator. Currently based in San Francisco, Carlyn is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned her Master of Music degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy and Bachelor of Music as a student of renowned performers and pedagogues Sharon Robinson and Melissa Kraut. Carlyn has performed across the country in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Chautauqua Institution and Oracle Arena, as well as in Canada and England.

A passionate chamber musician, Carlyn utilizes her love of chamber music through both international and local performances, education, and outreach. She was selected to be an Emerging Artist Fellow in Chamber Music Silicon Valley’s 2018-2019 season, which includes numerous performances of seasoned and contemporary ensemble works. She is a newly appointed member of the San Francisco-based piano trio Curium, which specializes in the music of female composers and performs regularly throughout the Bay Area. Before relocating to San Francisco, Carlyn was a founding member of the Cleveland Cello Quartet, a genre-bending ensemble which was an Ensemble-In-Residence at The Music Settlement in Cleveland, OH. While at CIM, Carlyn was a member of the Advanced Piano Trio Program through which she performed in a weeklong residency with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit with the NOA Trio.

She has participated in numerous summer music festivals including Mendocino Music Festival, Chamber Music Academy at Domaine Forget, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Banff Chamber Music Residency, Banff Master Classes and Festival Orchestra (where she served as principal cellist), the London Master Classes, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Meadowmount School of Music, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. Carlyn has performed with numerous orchestras including the Marin Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony, CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Suburban Symphony Orchestra (principal cellist), Cleveland Opera Theater, and Banff Festival Orchestra/Opera Orchestra (served as principal cellist), and CIM Orchestra (served as principal cellist), among others.

Carlyn has recently collaborated and performed with celebrated classical artists Martin Beaver, Axel Strauss, Pekka Kuusisto, Steven Dann, Ernest Kovacek, Michael Gurevich, and Frank Morelli. She has played in master classes for Joel Krosnik, Philip Setzer, Jaime Laredo, Ani Kavafian, Ralph Kirshbaum, Donald Weilerstein, Gilbert Kalish, Bonnie Hampton, Colin Carr, and Noah Bendix-Balgley, among others. Carlyn has received several awards including the Stamford Symphony Jeniam Foundation Scholarship and Greenwich Symphony Orchestra Guild’s Dorothy Gluckmann Music Award.

Equally passionate about classical and popular music genres, Carlyn enjoys sharing her time between concert halls, stadiums, clubs, and recording studios. She has recently performed with popular artists Michael Bublé, David Silveira Garcia, The Texas Tenors, Brother Spellbinder, and Drenalin, among others. Carlyn is an active member of Classical Revolution, which brings classical music to nontraditional venues and festivals throughout the Bay Area. Carlyn loves sharing her music in healthcare settings (formerly a Cleveland Clinic Performing Artist), and she co-founded the Cleveland chapter of the national movement Groupmuse, a web-driven network that organizes informal classical music house concerts.

Devoted to music education, Carlyn maintains a private cello studio in San Francisco and serves on the faculty of the Preparatory Music Program at Holy Names University. In Ohio, Carlyn was the Adjunct Professor of Cello at The College of Wooster and the Department Head of Strings at The Music Settlement, a renowned community music school and large city hub for arts and culture.

A passionate advocate for nonprofit arts organizations, Carlyn previously worked on the administrative staff of The Walden School, a nonprofit creative and experiential summer music school and festival. Also an avid writer, Carlyn publishes for San Francisco Classical Voice and formerly

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