Lysander Piano Trio photo: Facebook

The Lysander Piano Trio presents Young Trailblazers

The performance took place Jan. 11

As part of Chamber Music Kelowna’s 2018/2019 season, the Lysander Piano Trio gave a well-rounded and energetic performance on Friday, Jan. 11 at the Mary Irwin Theatre.

The trio has an impressive resumé and the musicians also perform as accomplished soloists in Europe and North America. The members of the trio, Itamar Zorman, violin, Michael Katz, cello and Liza Stepanova, piano, called their program “Young Trailblazers” because the works on the program were all written by young composers near the beginning of their careers.

Lili Boulanger, a trailblazer for female composers, lived a short life (1893-1918), yet she had a remarkable effect on the music which came after her. D’un matin de printemps is a short work, demonstrative of the French style of her time. The work sparkles with the colours and rhythms suggestive of spring.

RELATED: OSO celebrates Mozart melodies in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon

The Kelowna performance of Ghostwritten Variations by Reinaldo Moya, born in 1984, was the Canadian premiere. The variations consist of the composer’s interpretation of what certain famous literary characters might have written had they been composers. Notable in this performance was the pyrotechnical nature of the writing and the skill of the performers, who played the treacherous passages and complicated rhythms brilliantly.

The Piano Trio in G Major is a very youthful work of the impressionist composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918). His style at the beginning of the work is light and tuneful, almost like salon music. By the last movement the music begins to take on the vagueness and harmonic and rhythmic complexity of the more mature Debussy.

The Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op 8 by Johannes Brahms (1883-1897) is unusual in that it is both an early and late work, having been written when the composer was young, and revised 35 years later. The Brahms trio was the weakest performance on the program, with inconsistencies of pitch and timing. Overall, the Lysander Trio gave a very passionate and virtuosic performance even though they sometimes performed as soloists rather than as a tightly knit ensemble.

Karen Krout is a violinist who moved to Kelowna in 2003 after retiring from her post as Assistant Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She taught at the Kelowna Community Music School until 2008 and played in the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra until 2011.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

Rutland rallies behind Chiefs impressive season

The Kelowna Chiefs will finish atop the KIJHL, and conclude season this weekend in Rutland

City of Kelowna raises concerns over safety, policing with COG organizers

The mayor said it was a mutual decision between organizers and the city to postpone the festival

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Kelowna Rockets make stop at B.C. Parliament building

The hockey team snapped a picture while in Victoria Tuesday

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Vehicle located in 2018 Shuswap abduction attempt

Chase RCMP say car used has since been sold, suspect still at large

Hergott: Uncertainty of personal injury claims

Lawyer Paul Hergott tackles personal injury claims in his latest column

Cougar ‘living’ next door to Okanagan elementary school

Conservation Office has been alerted and monitoring large cat

Dog dies in Kamloops RV fire

According to a fundraiser posted on social media, the cause of the fire was electrical

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

Most Read