The celebrated Chicago-based Lincoln Trio, made up of Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, David Cunliffe, cello and Marta Aznavoorian, piano, has been described by The Strad as "sensational" and "bewitching."
Formed in 2003, the Lincoln Trio takes its name from their home, the heartland of the United States, the land of Lincoln. The trio has been praised for its polished presentations of well-known chamber works and its ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire. The group's reputation as a first-rate ensemble draws an eclectic audience of sophisticated music lovers, young admirers of contemporary programs, and students discovering chamber music for the first time. The Trio has performed throughout the US, including appearances at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, the Indianapolis Symphony Beethoven Chamber Music Series, Lane Concert Series, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Music in the Loft, and the Ravinia Festival, which chose the trio to perform at the Lincoln Bicentennial celebration in Springfield, Illinois, with President Barack Obama. Top prize winner of the 2008 Masterplayers International Competition in Venice, Italy, and the only ensemble chosen by the Young Performers Career Advancement program to be showcased at Carnegie/Weill Hall in 2011, the Lincoln Trio is currently ensemble-in-residence at the Music Institute of Chicago. The 2011-12 season will see the trio tour the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia, playing repertoire from Notable Women at each engagement.