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March 3, 2024

Poulenc Trio
& Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet

Praised by The Washington Post for their “convincing elegance, near effortless lightness and grace,” the Poulenc Trio has redefined piano-wind chamber music for the 21st century. Since its founding, the Trio has greatly expanded the repertoire available for the oboe, bassoon and piano, with more than 20 new works written or arranged for the group, including three triple concertos for Trio and full orchestra. The Trio has also made a commitment to explore and promote music that reflect its members’ African, Asian, Eastern European and Jewish roots. Their lively and eclectic program will include two works with CMW artistic director, Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet.


The Poulenc Trio is the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world. Since its founding in 2003, the Poulenc Trio has performed in 45 U.S. states and at music festivals around the world. The Trio has a strong commitment to commissioning, performing, and recording new works from living composers. It is also deeply engaged in musical and educational outreach programs, including Pizza and Poulenc, an informal performance and residency series for younger audiences around the United States. The Trio regularly conducts masterclasses, with recent engagements at the University of Ohio, San Francisco State University, Florida State University, and the University of Colima in Mexico.


POULENC Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon

POULENC Selected Songs (pn, ob, bssn)

VIET CUONG Trains of Thought (pn, ob, bssn)

GLINKA Trio pathétique in D Minor for clarinet, bassoon and piano

IBERT Five Pieces for oboe, clarinet and bassoon

ROSSINI Fantasy on L’Italiana in Algieri (pn, ob, bssn)

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