New Arts Trio
Professional Bio

Rebecca Penneys, Piano
Jacques Israelievitch, Violin
Arie Lipsky, Cello


"This is one of the most interesting and exciting discs of piano trios, or any chamber music, or any classical music I have ever heard"

--Fanfare July/August 2003

CD Review of New Arts Trio in Recital at Chautauqua

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"Playing together with seamless rapport and producing rich symphonic sonorities, the musicians played with singing line, rounded phrases, subtle nuance of tempo and dynamics and eloquent exchanges of musical dialogue."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer
A Distinguished Piano Trio...

The NEW ARTS TRIO has firmly established itself as one of America's most distinguished piano trios. Since its inception in 1974 as Trio-in-Residence at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the TRIO has performed in major cities throughout the United States and Canada including Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. In New York City, the NEW ARTS TRIO has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. 'Y,' and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. In the 1980’s the TRIO was recipient of the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music in two consecutive years and made three USIS Cultural State Department tours of Europe. In 1978, the TRIO became Trio–in-Residence at the Chautauqua Institution and launched its chamber music program. During the current 7-week music festival, they perform, present master classes, coach chamber music and teach students who come to study with them from all over the world. In 2008 at Chautauqua, the Trio celebrated its 30th consecutive season premiering two new trios written for them, Idoru by Michael Colina and Credo by Ella Milch-Sheriff.

The NEW ARTS TRIO has 4 CD's on Fleur De Son Classics: the Arensky Trios, Beethoven's Arrangements for Piano Trio (2nd Symphony and the Septet), and New Arts Trio in Recital at Chautauqua (works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bloch, Part and Piazzolla, and New Arts Trio at Chautauqua: 30th Anniversary Recital (works by Dvorak, Colina, Piazzolla, and Milch-Sheriff).

"The Trio played with big tone, supple phrasing, energy, and a romantic ensemble in which individualism and teamwork were balanced."

-- The New Yorker

Rebecca Penneys, Piano...

Founder of the NEW ARTS TRIO, Rebecca Penneys ( celebrated 30 years as Professor of Piano at Eastman School of Music in 2010. She has been Chair of the Chautauqua Piano Department since 1983 and Visiting Artist, St. Petersburg College since 2001. In 2010 she became founder and Artistic Chair of the Steinway Society of Tampa Bay. Born in Los Angeles, Ms. Penneys made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 11. At 17, she was awarded the unprecedented Special Critics’ Prize at the 7th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, an award created in her honor. Additionally, she won the Most Outstanding Musician Prize at the Fifth Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition (Portugal) and was top prizewinner in the Second Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition (Spain). Her teachers include Aube Tzerko, Leonard Stein, Rosina Lhevinne, Artur Rubinstein, Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebok and Janos Starker. She has 7 current solo CD’s on Fleur De Con & Centaur labels and is co-author of the Fundamentals of Flow in Learning Music.

Jacques Israelievitch, Violin...

Violinist Jacques Israelievitch has been a member of the NEW ARTS TRIO since 1999. After making his debut on French National Radio at the age of 11, Mr. Israelievitch graduated from the Paris Conservatory at 16 and was subsequently prizewinner in the International Paganini Competition. He was 23 when Georg Solti appointed him Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He joined the Saint Louis Symphony six seasons later as Concertmaster and held that position for 10 years. In 2008, he concluded 20 years as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently, the Toronto Musicians' Association presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Israelievitch has been nominated for a Juno Award for his album, Suite Hebraique. He has appeared as soloist with leading conductors including Solti, Giulini, Fruhbeck de Burgos, and Slatkin. In 1995, in recognition of his contribution to the world of music, he was awarded a knighthood by the French government in the order of Arts and Letters. He teaches violin and viola at York University and is Chair of Strings at Chautauqua.

  Arie Lipsky, Cello...

Arie Lipsky was born in Haifa, Israel, where he received degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Music before serving in the Armed Forces. He was as principal cellist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for seventeen years and performed the major concerto repertoire in Buffalo and on tours. Mr. Lipsky studied with Leonard Rose, Pablo Casals and Alan Harris; he graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with distinction. He was a top prizewinner in the Chicago Cello Society Competition and performed as principal cellist with the Haifa Symphony, the Cleveland Opera, and the Colorado Music Festival. Mr. Lipsky was Resident Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic for twelve years. In 1996, Mr. Lipsky joined the NEW ARTS TRIO. Currently, he is Music Director of the Ann Arbor Symphony in Michigan and the Ashland Symphony in Ohio. He is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras in Europe, Israel and North America and participates in many chamber music festivals. He is also Chair of Chamber Music at the Chautauqua Festival.

"This is a delightful team, with a collective personality that seems to sum up the joy of  making music with each other, which, after all, is the essence of chamber music."

-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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