A few months ago I came across a program on PBS called On Canvas: The Ahn Trio which presented a live performance from Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Three young ladies, Angella, Lucia, and Maria, are sisters who were born in Seoul, Korea and eventually moved to the United States. They had the good fortune of being classically trained at The Julliard School of Music in New York City. Angella is the violinist, Maria is the cellist, and Lucia plays piano within the trio.
Growing up, they learned to play and appreciate the classical compositions of Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Smetana. But the Ahn Trio have also been performing commissioned pieces by modern-day composers such as Pat Metheny, Michael Nyman, Kenji Bunch, and Paul Schoenfield, just to name a few. These young ladies are not afraid to think outside the box regarding the music that they play, exploring various forms of artistic expression by combining performances filled with other types of performing and visual artists. The Ahn sisters have collaborated with painters, dancers, pop singers, DJs, photographers, and other artistic groups, adding even more energy and excitement to their shows while still displaying their classical prowess.
They are also making their presence known on the record charts, too. They’ve recorded CDs such as Paris Rio; Dvorak, Suk, Shostakovich: Piano Trios; Ahn-Plugged; Groovebox and Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac. They’ve even recorded a European version of Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac made exclusively for iTunes. This was number eight on the Billboard Classical chart for 26 weeks. The trio has been touring for the last ten years and are already scheduled to perform in 2011 at high schools, universities, and concert halls within the United States and around the globe.
The Ahn sisters don’t just play concerts, they’ve also been performing and teaching at musical workshops and master classes nationally and internationally. Their success just doesn’t seem to stop. Their talent, flair and style are recognized by magazines like Time, GQ, People and Vogue. Photographers such as Walter Chin and Ellen von Unwerth have captured their young faces and popular retailers like Anne Klein, Gap and The Bodyshop have featured the Ahn Trio in ad campaigns. These young ladies will definitely make your ears perk up and take notice of their musical talents when you listen to them play. Then you’ll truly understand why the Ahn Trio is a powerful force in the music world.