The renowned Merling Trio will perform in Port Clinton at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the next concert of the Musical Arts Series at Firelands. The trio brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese and Dutch backgrounds and takes its name from the Danish violin-maker Paul Merling.
All three Merling Trio musicians are members of Western Michigan University music faculty. Renata Artman Knific is professor of music; Bruce J. Uchimura is professor of music, conducts the University Symphony Orchestra, teaches cello and coaches chamber ensembles; Susan Wiersma Uchimura is a member of the piano faculty and staff accompanist at the university and previously served on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Aspen Music School.
Knific, who performs on a violin fashioned in 1898 by Vincenzo Postiglione in Naples, Italy, began her international career with the English Chamber Orchestra at age 21. She has toured Europe, Asia and North and South America with such musicians as Pinchas Zuckerman, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Barry Tuckwell, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern and Vladimir Ashkenazy and has recorded dozens of albums for EMI, Decca, and CBS labels.
Bruce Uchimura, who performs on an Enrico Marchetti cello made in Turin, Italy, in 1899, received a bachelor of music degree from The Julliard School of Music and a Master of Music degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, and was named 2010 Music Educator of the Year by the Michigan String Teachers Association.
Pianist Wiersma Uchimura also maintains an active private studio, with students who have won many piano competitions. Additional information on the Merling Trio is at www.merlinggtrio.com.
The concert will take place at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Road, and tickets are available for $15 at the door; students are admitted for free. Following the performance, the audience will be invited to a reception to meet the musicians. The concert is sponsored by Neidecker, LeVeck and Crosser and WGTE. Accommodations are arranged through OurGuest Inn.