The Allant Piano Trio is quickly establishing itself as one of the most exciting young ensembles today. Winners of this year's prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles, they were also awarded the Jonathan Madrigano Entrepreneurship Grant from the Juilliard School. Pianist Dr. Beth Nam, violinist Anna Park and cellist Alina Lim formed the trio at Juilliard three years ago, each with extensive and distinguished careers in chamber music. The trio received coaching and direction from Juilliard professors Toby Appel, Rohan DeSilva, Jonathan Feldman, Nicholas Mann and Vivian Weilerstein.
In the Spring of 2013, the trio was invited to participate at the highly selective Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival in San Francisco. In 2011, the trio was chosen for a three-week performance residency at The Banff Centre in Canada, where they worked with renowned arists such as Joel Krosnick, Geoff Nuttall, Jamie Parker, Mark Steinberg and Donald Weilerstein. They were named semifinalists at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in Norway. The trio performs often throughout the New York City metro area, and recently, was featured as soloists at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey.
As passionate educators, they have been sharing their experience with the younger generation. In addition to leading private studios, they have been guest teaching artists at various schools. The highlight from their 2012-2013 chamber teaching experiences include coaching a young piano trio at the Geneva Conservatory of New York as well as at the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival in San Francisco. In addition, they led an eighth grade class at P.S. 165 through the Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship, engaging them with a contemporary musical experience. Most recently, they have been invited as guest speakers for the Piano Topics class at the Juilliard School to share their expertise on forming and promoting a chamber group.
The trio is also committed in reaching out to communities that have limited access to classical concerts. They have given performances at various community facilities including the Bailey House, the James Lenox House for seniors in New York City and at the soup kitchen of Calvary-St. George's Episcopal Church.
Inspired by the French musical term, allant, meaning "energetic" and "driving," we are a passion-driven group that sees no limits in sharing and performing classical music to audiences of all generations. We believe that music can enlighten people’s lives in a deeply personal level, which inspires us to actively engage our audiences. Through our work, we want to break the misconceptions and the prejudices against classical music that exist today as being unapproachable and distant to most of the general public. By creating innovative projects and concert programs, we strive to continually spread the joy and excitement that music entails.
Shall We Play?
As recipients of the Jonathan Madrigano Entrepreneurship Grant from The Juilliard School in 2013, the Allant Trio has embarked on a new and exciting project called “Shall We Play?”. It comprises of piano trio music, along with supplementary audio recordings for beginner to intermediate level musicians of all ages for them to experience the joy of making chamber music first-hand.