BY STEWART SMITH
The trio was founded in 2004, when its members were studying together at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. They would make their debut two years later at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
The trio’s pianist, Anastasia Dedik, is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia and came at the age of 23 to the United States expressly to study at the Oberlin Conservatory.
Dedik said she had a mostly smooth transition from Russia to the United States, although the language barrier was somewhat more difficult than she expected, even though she was already fluent in English.
“It was very smooth. I don’t remember even missing home. I would call my parents every single day, but the only weird part was my English. I had a British teacher and so when I got to Oberlin, I was talking a funny way and I couldn’t understand what people were saying,” she said. “I told my mom that I can understand what people are saying, but I can’t speak because everything is so different.”
But their chemistry together was evident and thus began a venture that would find them with great success traveling across the country together and playing a repertoire that includes chamber music standards and more exotic selections such as Armenian composer Aram Khatchaturian’s Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano and S. I. Glick’s festive “The Klezmer’s Wedding.” The finale of every concert is “Serenade” by American composer Peter Schickele.
The trio remain “very close friends,” Dedik said, an essential ingredient to their continued success.
“When you play together, you have to be able to sense each other. You have to respect each other and know each other well enough to work well enough in a respectful way,” she said. “We have an understanding of each other and we it also helps that we all came from the former U.S.S.R. The culture is similar that we grew up in, as is the musicianship, the way we were raised, musically. It’s nice to have that sort of base and foundation to build our music from.”
Prima Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Caldwell Auditorium in Tyler. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call 903-592-6266 or visit www.tcca.biz.