OUT NOW | Black Oak Ensemble Revives Twentieth-Century French String Trios 


The Black Oak Ensemble contains GRAMMY-nominated violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe of the acclaimed Lincoln Trio, and violist Aurélien Fort Pederzoli, a founding member of the GRAMMY-nominated Spektral Quartet. 

Their new two-disc album titled “Avant l’orage (Earlier than The Storm): French String Trios 1926–1939,” options hardly ever heard works written for violin, viola, and cello, throughout the Twentieth century and between the 2 world wars. 

The album contains world-premiere recordings of Henri Tomasi’s Trio à cordes en forme de divertissement, Robert Casadesus’s Trio à cordes, and Gustave Samazeuilh’s Suite en trio pour violon, alto et violoncelle

Moreover, Jean Cras’s Trio pour violon, alto et violoncelle; Émile Goué’s Trio pour violon, alto et violoncelle; Jean Françaix’s Trio; and Gabriel Pierné’s Troi pièces en trio, are additionally featured.

5 of the works, together with the three premiere recordings, had been written for the extremely virtuosic Trio Pasquier — a famend ensemble of French brothers who ranked among the many period’s prime chamber music teams and was second solely to the Budapest String Quartet.    

Produced and engineered by the GRAMMY-Award successful group, James Ginsburg and Invoice Maylone, this album marks Black Oak Ensemble’s second and newest with Chicago’s Cedille Data and its launch coincides with the French nationwide vacation, Bastille Day on July 14. 

The album was recorded throughout numerous days between June 2021 to January 2022 on the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Live performance Corridor and Illinois’ North Shore Congregation Israel

To hearken to and buy the album, click on right here. To have a good time the album’s launch, the ensemble will carry out at Chicago’s Epiphany Heart for the Arts on July 17, 2022. Tickets for the occasion may be discovered right here.



Named for the black oak, a tree native to its residence state of Illinois, the Black Oak Ensemble has featured on BBC Radio 3, in addition to featured reside by The Violin Channel and Sirius XM.

Black Oak performs often on worldwide phases and has held residencies at Eau Claire College, Arizona State College, Chicago’s New Music Faculty, and has collaborated with Evanston Younger Artists and the El Sistema program, amongst others.