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Feb. 18, 2005

New UI Faculty Trio Plays Debut Concert March 1

The Matisse Trio -- a new ensemble featuring University of Iowa music faculty members Katie Wolfe, violin; Anthony Arnone, cello; and Ksenia Nosikova, piano -- will play its debut concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The trio will play three works on the program:

-- the Trio in E major, K542, by W.A. Mozart;
-- Maurice Ravel's Trio in A minor; and
-- the Trio in D minor, op. 32, by Anton Arensky.

"We are thrilled to play together for the first time," Arnone said. "We are hoping to make this a regular thing over the coming years."

"In fact, one of my hopes of coming to teach at the UI was to play in a piano trio. When I played with Ksenia in the past, she said she thought it would be fun to have a trio. Then Katie Wolfe arrived, and she also loves playing in piano trios, so we put together the Matisse Trio. We look forward to presenting the wonderful trio repertoire that is out there.

"Why did we pick these pieces for our first concert? I think the Ravel is one of the great trios and one of our favorites. I never tire of hearing it or playing it. As for the others, the Mozart and Arenski just seemed like wonderful pieces to round out the program."

Originally from Minnesota, Wolfe joined the string faculty of the UI School of Music in August. She has had a diverse career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on the national and international stage. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, the Soviet Union, Spain and the Netherlands.

Wolfe received a bachelor's from Indiana University and a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. After graduation, she received a Fulbright Lecture Award to teach and perform in Bolivia. She formed a string quartet that performed educational and public concerts throughout the country, taught at the National Conservatory, and served as Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony of Bolivia.

Prior to teaching in Iowa, Wolfe taught violin, viola and chamber music at Oklahoma State University for five years. During that time she was associate concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and performed frequent solo and chamber music concerts throughout the state.

Arnone is a founding member of the Meriden Trio and the Sedgwick String Quartet, which regularly performs at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. He was principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin 1996-2001, was a member of the Orchestra Philharmonique de Nice and the Wichita Symphony, and was principal cellist of the Spoleto Festival in Italy 1992-1997.

Arnone has taught master classes and performed across the country and currently teaches summers at  the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina and the Stonybrook Music Festival in New York. Before coming to the UI, he held a faculty position at Ripon College in Wisconsin where he taught cello and bass, music theory and chamber music, and conducted the orchestra.

Nosikova, who joined the UI faculty in 1998, has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States Europe and South America. She presented two solo recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1996 and 2001 and has been a guest soloist with symphony and wind orchestras in Colorado, Louisiana and Iowa. In addition she has been invited to perform at international festivals in Munster, France; Rimini, Italy; and Rovin, Yugoslavia; as well as the Aspen and Sarasota Music Festivals in the United States.

She has recorded a three-CD set of the complete "Years of Pilgrimage" by Franz Liszt, and a disk of chamber music works for viola and piano by early 20th-century English composers Rebecca Clarke, Arthur Bliss and Frank Bridge with her UI colleague Christine Rutledge.

Nosikova has presented master classes in England and both North and South America. The winner of several international competitions, she regularly serves the Ibla Grand Prize International Competition in Italy as a jury member. She is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Women. She has received two major grants from the Arts and Humanities Initiative and the Central Investment Found for Research Enhancement at the UI.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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