Pianist and senior lecturer David Deveau will join the Jacques Thibaud String Trio at a performance on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. The program will include J.S. Bach's (arranged by Mozart), Villa-Lobos' "String Trio" and Brahms' "Piano Quartet in C minor, Op 60" with Deveau.
Prize winners in the prestigious 1999 Bonn Chamber Music Competition, the Jacques Thibaud String Trio was founded in Berlin School in 1994. Since then, the ensemble, whose members play their programs by memory, has performed throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. Calling their playing "spontaneous and commanding," The New York Times said, "This could be the first string trio in some time to have a major career ... These musicians are clearly on a mission to bring attention to the neglected string trio repertory. But they are also having fun. It's the best combination."
The trio's name pays homage to the great French violinist Jacques Thibaud, who died in a plane crash in 1953 at the age of 72. Thibaud devoted himself to playing trios with his partners Alfred Cortot and Pablo Casals in addition to his activities as soloist.
Deveau has soloed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Houston and Minnesota. He has performed with members of the Juilliard, Muir, Mendelssohn and Vermeer string quartets and is artistic director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 19, 2003.