SF Munich Trio
With a focus on variety this season, we were intrigued by this instrumental combination. Upon listening to a CD, the intrigue turned into pressing desire to host them. With cello sonatas, bassoon duos, and trios, this group plays with stunning perfection in all formations, leaving the ear with the feeling of having sampled a great cornucopia of sound and timbre.
Rust and Edelmann have played together in duo and larger chamber-music groups for over 30 years. By offering either full evening concerts with well crafted duo repertoire for this unusual instrument combination (Mozart, Rossini and others) or by adding piano and including works especially composed for them as a trio or by playing evenings with a String-Trio and Bassoon (works from the classical period), these outstanding musicians have garnered international attention.
Married 34 years, Rust and Edelmann met when the Bay Area-born Rust won a scholarship to play in a youth orchestra in Belgium. At that time the German-born Edelmann was a mathematic student and hobby bassoonist. After the couple met, they spent the following Christmas together playing duets, and the rest is history. As for being a "hobby bassoonist," Edelmann would go on to become the Principal Bassoonist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (1977-2004).
"Through classical music, we want to reach people's hearts, from heart to heart, feeling to feeling, to spread harmony, peace, understanding in the world, as well as express the fun of living, singing, dancing, playing," said Rust. "And when one is sad, music is a great comfort."
Praised by Carlo Maria Giulini for her "exceptional musicality," the American cellist Rebecca Rust, a native of California, U.S.A. received her first piano lessons with her mother at the age of five and began cello lessons with Margaret Rowell, Cello Professor at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford, at the age of nine.
Margaret Rowell: "Rebecca Rust is one of the most talented cellists that I have had the pleasure of teaching. Blessed with a beautiful ear and facility, she has used these gifts as tools to dig deep into the music intself, thereby giving her listeners a profound musical experience. Rebecca Rust is a brilliant cellist."
At age thirteen she was a prizewinner of the Mendelssohn Competition and at age fourteen a prizewinner in the California Cello Club Competition. The first prizes in the "Mu Phi Epsilon" Competition and the Berkeley Piano Club made it possible for her to begin studies in New York with Bernard Greenhouse (Casals' pupil and cellist of the Beaux-Arts-Trio).
Bernard Greenhouse: "Rebecca Rust is what I consider, one of the important young cellists to come from the American musical scene."
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