The Boreal Trio comprises three international competition laureates passionately dedicated to the art of chamber music. Clarinetist Uriel Vanchestein, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez and pianist Wonny Song, soloists boasting of national and international reputations, unite, through this unusual and compelling formation of instruments, to bring it’s audiences performances of the highest caliber. They have respectively won top prizes at the Geneva International Competition, the Brahms International Competition and the World Piano Competition and have been lauded by critics as “versatile, intelligent, and deeply musical” (Washington Post) and “tender, lyrical, loaded with personality” (Atlanta Constitution).
As soloists they have been invited to perform with orchestras such as the Montreal, Atlanta and Toronto Symphonies, Geneva and I Musici of Montreal Chamber Orchestras and many other orchestras worldwide. Their recordings as soloists and as collaborators have been acclaimed, earning them awards such as Mr. Hernandez’ Grammy award winning collaboration as part of the Harlem Quartet with Chick Corea and Gary Burton on the “Hot House” album and Mr. Song’s album “Pictures of an exhibition” reaching the Top 20 “Album of the Year” with the Gazette.
In this ever changing world the trio has a strong commitment to educate and engage new audiences all around the globe. They have already reached young musicians and various communities through art convoys in South Africa and Venezuela, various music festivals in South America and Asia and outreach projects in Europe and North America. This commitment has also led Mr. Hernandez’ to initiate a large-scale project in which the Musical Heights Foundation, a nonprofit in the making, would bring continual high-level musical teaching to developing countries. As associate director and director of artists-in-residence of Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts, Mr. Song frequently gives masterclasses and workshops to inspire young pianists through innovative pedagogical approaches.
The Boreal trio has plans to further the already exquisite repertoire for clarinet, viola and piano by arranging and commissioning new works of different genres including a new piece for the 2014-15 season by Uriel Vanchestein who is also an active composer having received commissions from the New York Classical Players and the New York woodwind quintet.
Mr. Vanchestein holds a Bachelor and Master degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Charles Neidich and studied conducting with Maestro Derrick Inouye. Mr. Hernandez received his Bachelor from The Colburn Conservatory studying with Paul Coletti and a Graduate Diploma in string quartet performance from the New England Conservatory studying with Kim Kashkashian and Paul Katz. Wonny was awarded a full scholarship to the Curtis institute of music in 1994 and subsequently completed his doctoral studies in 2004. His mentors include Anton Kuerti, Marc Durand, Lydia Artymiw as well as Leon Fleisher.
The Boreal Trio is managed by Sciolino Artist Management.