Trio Ink is Wolfram Koessel, Yosuke Kawasaki and Vadim Serebriany
Since his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut, cellist Wolfram Koessel has embarked on a diverse career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, performing internationally in the world’s most distinguished concert halls. STRAD magazine wrote of "the exceptionally attractive cello playing of Wolfram Koessel" who has established himself as a sought-after musician, performing concertos with the Jupiter Symphony, the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra (which he co-founded in 1994), Jerusalem Symphony, the Osaka Symphony, the Mannes Orchestra and symphony orchestras in Stuttgart, Cordoba, Mendoza, Costa Rica, Iowa, and New York.
In 2006 Mr. Koessel joined the American String Quartet with whom he performs regularly at the Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Köln Philharmonic Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kimmel Center, among others. He has performed with artists such as Rene Fleming, Richard Stolzman, Edgar Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Zakir Hussain, Ute Lemper, Sharon Kam, Jeremy Denk and many more.
He is on the cello and chamber music faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and also in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and the Great Wall Academy in China. He served as Music Director of the Mark Morris Dance Group from 2004-2008 and has toured extensively with the company, performing hundreds of concerts and world premieres with them worldwide.
Based in New York City, Mr. Koessel appears with a wide range of ensembles and chamber music groups such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Upcoming performances in 2019/20 will lead Mr. Koessel to Japan, Germany, South America, Spain, Canada, Mexico and across the United States. He is a founding member of the group Trio Ink, with violinist Yosuke Kawasaki and pianist Vadim Serebryani.
Yosuke Kawasaki currently serves as Concertmaster of the NAC Orchestra in Canada. His versatile musicianship allows him to pursue a career in orchestra, solo and chamber music. His orchestral career began with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and soon led to Mito Chamber Orchestra, Saito Kinen Orchestra and Japan Century Orchestra all of which he led as Concertmaster. His solo and chamber music career spans five continents, collaborating with artists such as Seiji Ozawa, Pinchas Zukerman and Yo-Yo Ma and appearing in the world's most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall and The Royal Concertgebouw.
Kawasaki's most current ensembles are Trio Ink and the Arkas String Quartet. His passion for chamber music led him to create the short lived Classical Unbound Festival in Prince Edward County, Ontario, which he served as Co-Artistic Director. Subsequently, he has been appointed Music Director to the Affinis Music Festival in Japan. He is also an artistic advisor to a brand new chamber music festival in Bulgaria called The Unbeaten Path.
As an educator Kawasaki has given masterclasses and performed side by side with students in schools across Canada. Well versed in the string quartet literature he was entrusted by Seiji Ozawa as the youngest faculty member of the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy at the age of 26. He is currently an adjunct professor of violin at the University of Ottawa.
Mr. Kawasaki began his violin studies at the age of six with his father Masao Kawasaki and continued with Setsu Goto. At the age of ten he was accepted into The Juilliard School Pre-College Division and further continued his education and graduated from The Juilliard School in 1998 under the tutorship of Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Felix Galimir and Joel Smirnoff.
Vadim Serebryany has been acclaimed by audiences and critics on five continents for his sensitive and intelligent music making.
Mr. Serebryany has been highly sought after as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has performed in Europe, South America, Australia and throughout North America, and in 2008 completed his eighthconsecutive recital tour of Japan. In recent seasons Mr. Serebryany has embarked on many interesting and challenging projects, including performing the complete Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin, as well as presenting various solo and chamber works of the Second Viennese School composers in creative programs. In recent seasons, he has been a guest soloist with the National Arts Center Orchestra, The Kingston Symphony, the Osaka Century Orchestra, and Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Serebryany has collaborated with such prominent artists as David Geringas, Mark Morris, Gary Reylea, Suren Bagratuni, EugeneOsadchy, Mayumi Seiler, Almita Vamos, the American String Quartet, the Enso Quartet, and the Glenn Gould String Quartet. In 2007 he and Mr. Kawasaki made their recital debut at Carnegie Hall.
In 2005, Vadim founded Trio+, with violinst Yosuke Kawasaki and cellist Wolfram Koessel. The ensemble is known for its creative programs which explore a large portion of the chamber repertory, including duos, trios and larger ensembles in which they frequently collaborate with guest artists. The trio has performed to critical acclaim throughout North America and Japan.
An Honours graduate with Distinction from the Royal Conservatory of
Music in Toronto, where he was a student of Marina Geringas, Vadim went on to complete his Bachelor¹s and Master¹s degrees at New York City¹s Juilliard School, under the tutelages of the legendary Russian pianist Oxana Yablonskaya and the esteemed American pianist Jacob Lateiner. The final leg of Mr. Serebryany¹s formal education took him to Yale University, where he completed his studies in the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program under the brilliant Russian pianist and teacher Boris Berman
From 2005 to 2008 Mr. Serebryany served as Artist in Residence at La Sierra University in Riverside, California, and has also served as a visiting professor at Lawrence University. From2008 to 2016
Mr. Serebryany was a professor of music at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and in 2015 was named Huntingdon’s first ever Belcher-Cheek Artist in Residence.
Mr. Serebryany joined the piano faculty at the renowned School of Music at Ithaca College in 2016.