By Elizabeth Keys
STILLWATER, Okla. —
A chance encounter as a teenager created a musical friendship playing for more than two decades. Laura Talbot, Oklahoma State University associate professor of violin and viola, will welcome her friend, Maria Sampen, when she travels to Stillwater to perform in The Puget Sound Trio.
“We were in the same violin section at Interlochen Arts Camp in 1992,” Talbot said. “We both ended up at different universities for undergrad but studied with the same teacher each summer at the Aspen Music Festival from 1994-1996. We’ve stayed in touch since.”
The Puget Sound Piano Trio is comprised of three award-winning faculty members at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. Their free performance is 7:30 p.m. March 27 in the OSU Willard Hall Lounge. They will also teach master classes for OSU students that afternoon in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts.
The group has been lauded for its “impressive skill, expressive sound and thoughtful programming,” Talbot said. Sampen plays violin with pianist Duane Hulbert and cellist David Requiro.
Along with performances of standard repertoire, the trio is committed to bringing new works to the stage. They perform frequently on concert series in the Northwestern United States and Canada. The group also has a strong educational mission and regularly give master classes, clinics and performances in the public school system.
At OSU, The Puget Sound Piano Trio will present “Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:27” by Franz Josef Haydn; “Sotto Voce” (2012) by Marilyn Shrude and “Trio, Op. 32” by Anton Arensky.
“Spending a beautiful spring evening in the lovely Willard Hall for a wonderful concert would be a delightful way to spend a few hours unwinding and taking in refreshing culture at no charge,” said Friends of Music President Betty Townsend.
The Puget Sound Trio has staked a name in the music world. Hulbert studied in New York with Sascha Gorodnitzki, Jeaneane Dowis, and Nina Svetlanova, receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and a doctorate from Manhattan School of Music. He has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and the Juilliard Orchestra, and has frequently appeared in chamber music concerts with members of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the Northwest Sinfonietta.
Hulbert was the 1980 winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and has been invited several times to appear in recital and to judge at subsequent Gina Bachauer Competitions.
Hulbert is a distinguished professor of music and head of the piano department at the University of Puget Sound. He released the first CD in a set of recordings featuring the complete piano works of Alexander Glazunov in November 2000. The disc was nominated for a Grammy Award in January 2002 in the Best Soloist Without Orchestra category.
Requiro is the Artist in Residence in cello and chamber music at the University of Puget Sound. At the age of 23, he was awarded first prize in the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello competition to his growing string of awards, which also includes first prize in both the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions. He also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassado. Soon after making his Kennedy Center debut, Requiro also completed the cycle of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. A native of Oakland, Calif., Requiro began cello studies at age six. He resides in Seattle and is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.
Sampen, associate professor of violin at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., enjoys a vibrant musical career as a recording artist, soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer around the world. In addition to her busy performing schedule, she is a dedicated teacher. During her tenure at Puget Sound she has twice received the university’s Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. She is featured on Brave New Works’ CD, Quintets: Bolcom and Albright (AMP records, 2008) and on Milton Babbitt: A Composers’ Memorial (Perspectives of New Music, 2012).