Join us at Schmitt Music Denver on Friday, January 19th at 7PM for an evening of music with the Shaffer-Garibova-Kluksdahl Trio!
The trio includes Mary Beth Shaffer, piano, Karine Garibova, violin, and Scott Kluksdahl, cello. They specialize in classical repertoire providing the kind of concerts that only masters of their craft can deliver. Their program at Schmitt Music will include Franz Schubert’s Trio in Bb Major, Op. 99, and Trio in B Major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms.
Mary Beth Shaffer, piano
Mary Beth Barteau Shaffer has performed throughout the United States as a soloist and collaborative musician with numerous artists, including violinists Leopold LaFosse and Robert McDuffie, the Wendt-King cello duo and as duo pianist with Carole Lesniak Thomas. Her Colorado collaborations include recitals with faculty from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music and Colorado College, and with members of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Shaffer has served on the faculties of Grinnell College, The University of Iowa, Northwestern College, the University of St. Thomas, the University of Denver Lamont Summer Academy and Piano Preparatory Program, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and Pikes Peak Community College. She helped found the Lamont Summer Academy in 2007, and recently retired as director of the program.
Her piano studio has produced many prize-winners in competitions, including the MTNA Auditions, the MMTA Young Artist Auditions, the CSMTA Auditions, the CSU-Pueblo Piano Festival, the Schubert Club Auditions and the Thursday Musical Auditions. Her students have performed with the Des Moines Symphony, the Fort Dodge Symphony, the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, the Rocky Ridge Chamber Orchestra, and on “From the Top.”
Ms. Shaffer is also an experienced adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States. Her articles on piano technique have been published in Keyboard Companion magazine. She has held several state and local offices in both the Music Teachers National Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs in Colorado, Minnesota, and Iowa, and is currently the president of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. In 1994, she was awarded the Master Teacher Certificate by the Music Teachers National Association.
Karine Garibova, violin
Violinist Karine Garibova was born and raised in Moscow and started playing violin at the age six studying with Irina Svetlova, Yelena Mazor and Khalida Akhtyamova. Ms. Garibova earned a DMA in String Quartet performance from the Gnesins’ Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia.
Ms. Garibova is a founding member of the Veronika String Quartet, which launched itself onto the international arena early, taking top prizes at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition among others. Since then, this foursome has appeared in important halls in Moscow, London, Madrid, Jerusalem, New York and Chicago. Noteworthy collaborations have included those with members of the Amadeus, American and Fine Arts quartets, and with guest artists Ruth Laredo, Richard Stolzman, and Lawrence Leighton Smith.
Performances of the complete canon of the quartet repertory, coupled with its devotion to the modernist idiom, have resulted in a discography of nine recordings on Carlton Classics and Vienna Modern Masters, featuring an impressive array of works ranging from W.A. Mozart to Augusta Read Thomas.
The Veronika String Quartet has held artistic posts at Colorado State University – Pueblo and at Ohio’s Lancaster Music Festival, where it currently performs as quartet-in-residence.
Since 2000 Ms. Garibova has also been playing with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, where she became Associate Principal Second Violin in 2004. She teaches privately in Colorado Springs and coaches the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony. Ms. Garibova is also enjoying collaborating in chamber music performances with musicians from Colorado Springs, CO to Moscow, Russia.
Scott Kluksdahl, cello
Scott Kluksdahl, Professor of Violoncello, has performed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in major metropolitan centers throughout the United States, Europe, Israel, and Latin America, including The San Francisco Symphony, the Asheville, Marin, Omaha, Richmond (Indiana), and Tampa Bay orchestras, Bulgaria’s Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, and Colombia’s Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota.
He gave premiere performances of Augusta Read Thomas’ Passion Prayers with the Chicago Contemporary Players and the Philadelphia Network for New Music, James Lewis’ Doubles Singles Variables, and Hanoch Jacoby’s King David’s Lyre, Oedeon Partos’ Yzkor and Mourning Music and Tzvi Avni’s Khaddish with Israel’s Hed Music Center. He performed with Florence Millet at the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards and plays the complete Johann Sebastian Bach six-suite cycle Cello Suites bi-annually in the Philadelphia Bach Festival, at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and with Tampa Bay’s historic Springs Theatre.
Today, Kluksdahl commissions, premieres, and records works from contemporary composers, including Elliott Carter, Robert Helps, Bernard Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, David del Tredici, and Richard Wernick. Kluksdahl has recorded SoundVessels, Dream Journal, Chamber Music of Robert Schumann, Piano Trios for Solo Cello, and Changer Music of Nicolas Bacri.
Kluksdahl is USF’s Theodore and Vennette Askounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar and serves on Vermont’s Killington Music Festival and California Summer Music faculties.
Recipient of the Tanglewood Music Center’s Leonard Bernstein Fellowship and prizes in the 1990 Walter W. Naumburg International Cello Competition and the Washington International Competition, Kluksdahl holds a BA in English and American literature from Harvard University and an MM from The Juilliard School.