Celebrating its 14th season as the ensemble-in-residence at Georgia’s Kennesaw State University, the critically acclaimed SUMMIT PIANO TRIO continues to impress and delight audiences with its highly refined, dynamic performances, and has firmly established itself as one of the Southeast’s preeminent chamber ensembles. Offering an eclectic repertoire ranging from the beloved classics to the latest of the avant-garde, SPT is regularly heard on WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station, and throughout the country.
ROBERT HENRY, pianist
A founding member of SPT, Robert Henry is an internationally renowned artist, who performs throughout the world as orchestra soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Since winning First Prize in four international piano competitions, he has presented solo recitals at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Washington, DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and London’s Wigmore Hall. His third heralded CD, “As the Songbird Sings: Music of Schubert and Brahms” was released in 2016.
Mr. Henry earned the Doctor of Musical arts degree from the University of Maryland, with additional studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Glinka Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is an MTNA Nationally Certified Educator and has lectured and performed at universities, conservatories and festivals worldwide. He has been featured in American Music Teacher, Clavier and Gramophone. Currently, Dr. Henry serves as Coordinator of the Piano Department at Kennesaw State University. An International Steinway Artist, he maintains his web presence at www.roberthenry.org.
HELEN HWAYA KIM, violinist
At the age of six, Helen Hwaya Kim made her concerto debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; subsequently, she has appeared as guest soloist with the Atlanta and Milwaukee symphony orchestra and, in Boston’s Symphony Hall, with The Boston Pops. Ms. Kim earned both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with the legendary Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang and Cho-Liang Lin. While at Juilliard, she served as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and was the winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition at both the pre-college and college levels. She is the recipient of more than 100 national and international awards, among them the prestigious Artists International Competition in New York, which presented her in debut recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Aspen Summer Music Festival. A native of Canada, Ms. Kim has been guest soloist with many leading Canadian ensembles, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Montréal’s Orchestre Métropolitain, McGill Chamber Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Prince George, Regina, Vancouver and Windsor. She has also performed with orchestras and at festivals in the United States, México, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland.
For three seasons, Ms. Kim served as Assistant and Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She is the current Assistant Concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, simultaneously serving as Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Department at Kennesaw state University.
CHARAE KRUEGER, cellist
Charae Krueger is an avid chamber musician and is also a member of the Serafin Ensemble and the KSU Faculty String Trio. Her solo and chamber music concerts have been featured in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, at North Carolina’s Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Wyoming’s Grand Teton Music Festival and Delaware’s Serafin Summer Music Festival, and on NPR’s Performance Today, WABE-Atlanta and WGBH-Boston.
Ms. Krueger received her early training at Canada’s Regina Conservatory of Music. Her Bachelor of Music Performance degree was conferred by the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with Laurence Lesser and Colin Carr. She also received an Artist Diploma from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, continued her training during the summers at The Banff Centre in Canada, where she worked with Janos Starker and Also Parisot, and worked with the Juilliard String Quartet at The Juilliard School. Currently, Ms. Kreuger is Principal Cellist of both the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet orchestras, while serving as Lecturer and Artist in Residence in Cello at Kennesaw State University, having been a faculty member since 2005.
Piano Trio #1 in d, Op. 32
Piano Trio #6 in B-flat, Op. 97 (“Archduke”)
Piano Trio #7 in B-flat, Op. 11
Piano Trio #1 in B, Op. 8
Piano Trio #2 in C, Op. 87
Piano Trio #4 in e, Op. 90 (“Dumky”)
Piano Trio #39 in G, Hob. XV:25 (“Gypsy”)
Serenade for Piano Trio
Piano Trio in D, Op. 1
Piano Trio #1 in d, Op. 49
Piano Trio #2 in c, Op. 66
Las cuatro estaciones porteñas (piano trio)
Trio élégiaque #1 in g
Piano Trio in a
Piano Trio #1 in B-flat, D. 898
Piano Trio #2 in E-flat, D. 929
Piano Trio #2 in e, Op. 67
Piano Trio in g, Op. 15
Piano Trio in a, Op. 50
CONGREGATION SHEARITH ISRAEL (Atlanta, GA)
OAK RIDGE CIVIC MUSIC ASSOCIATION (TN)
First United Methodist Church
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio #2
HENRY MORRISON FLAGLER MUSEUM (Palm Beach, FL)
The West Room
Haydn: Piano Trio #39