The Alaska Trio
The Alaska Trio was founded in 1974 as a faculty ensemble of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It has metamorphosed through a series of personnel changes into its present members of pianist Eduard Zilberkant, violinist Kathleen Butler-Hopkins and cellist Karl Knapp. The Trio has concertized in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest, and has played many Alaskan tours including performances of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Fairbanks Arctic Chamber Orchestra, the Juneau Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing the standard repertoire, the Alaska Trio is active in the exploration of little known works, old and new. Joined by clarinetist Theodore DeCorso, the group performed as the Alaska Chamber Ensemble and made its first recording, released nationally on the ORION label, of previously unrecorded works by Beethoven, Reinecke, and Ireland. The members of the Alaska Trio are active individually as well as collectively as performers and clinicians.