LEWISTON – Toma Popovici, Sarita Kwok and Alexandre Lecarme – together known as the Tancrède Trio – will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Franco-American Heritage Center.

The performance is being presented in association with the Cohen Chamber Music Series at Hebron Academy.

Popovici, who is a founding member of the Tancrède Trio, graduated from the Academy of Music in Bucharest in 1999, under the guidance of Dana Borsan. He received a master’s degree in 2002 from Boston University College of Fine Arts, where he studied with Horia Mihail. Among the many prizes and awards he has won are first prize at the Anne and Aaron Richmond Competition in Boston in 2001, first prize at Dinu Lipatti International Competition in Bucharest in 1997, and first prize at the Waki Osaka International Competition in Japan in 1996.

An Australian violinist, Kwok has performed on stages in Australia, New Zealand, England, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Israel, Japan and the United States. At age 17, she won Australia’s most prestigious musical award, The Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year (Strings) for 1998.

As a founding member and first violinist of the Alianza String Quartet, Kwok has given performances at Carnegie Hall; the Pacific Music Festival in Japan; the Aldeburgh Festival in England; Aix-en-Provence Festival in France; and the French Academy in Rome. She is a lecturer at the Yale University department of music and an artist-in-residence at the Yale School of Music as part of the Alianza String Quartet.

A French cellist, Lecarme is also a founding member of the Tancrède Trio. He attended the Kneisel Hall and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals, where he collaborated with such distinguished artists as Roman Totenberg, Seymour Lipkin, Kikuei Ikeda and Boris Berman. Passionate about new music, he focuses on promoting the works of today’s composers and has premiered many works under conductors/composers such as Theodore Antoniou, Richard Cornell and Lukas Foss. He graduated from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris with the Premier Prix de violoncelle.

The program includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven for piano, violin and cello in G Major, Op. 121a, “Kakadu Variations.” Also to be performed are Franz Schubert’s Notturno for piano, violin and cello in E-flat Major, D897; and Johannes Brahms’ Trio No. 1 in B Major for piano, violin and cello, Op. 8.

Admission is $12, $10 for students and senior citizens. For reservations, call 689-2000. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, log on to www.francoamericanheritage.org.


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