The Sycamore Trio’s inception derived from a strong bond formed over a decade ago in a televised duo performance by violinist Fabiola Kim and cellist JeongHyoun “Christine” Lee. Following their initial collaboration, the two reunited at The Juilliard School in 2013. Together with pianist Alan Woo, they made their debut as the newly formed Sycamore Trio in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in February 2014. Since then, the ensemble has strived to bring together extreme ends of the chamber music spectrum to their audiences, maintaining a strong dedication to both the standard repertoire of piano trios as well as the promotion of new and contemporary works.
Enthusiasts for all aspects of music, members of the Sycamore Trio have cultivated a wide range of performing experience as both chamber musicians and soloists. They have collaborated with many renowned artists, including members of the Guarneri and Cleveland Quartets, and conductors Alan Gilbert and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, reaching out to audiences in a variety of different venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, such as Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Louvre Museum, Seoul Arts Center. The trio’s members have been invited to make appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, Juilliard’s ChamberFest, Music@Menlo, Music Academy of the West, and Ravinia’s Steans Institute, and their performances have been broadcasted live on NPR and WQXR stations. Members have also served as principal and concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, taken part in contemporary ensembles such as Juilliard’s AXIOM and eighth blackbird, and worked with living composers including Mathias Pintscher and Christopher Rouse.
During their chamber music studies at Juilliard, the Sycamore Trio has worked closely with distinguished musicians David Finckel, Joseph Kalichstein, Ida Kavafian, and Sylvia Rosenberg. As a group, the Sycamore Trio has explored more intimate performance settings as well, taking advantage of the direct communication possible with listeners without a stage’s barrier.
This performance marks the Sycamore Trio’s La Jolla Music Society debut.