Laura Albers, violin
Rebecca Albers, viola
Julie Albers, cello
From an early age the Albers sisters have captivated audiences with musical styles as diverse as their distinctive personalities and features. Beginning with their childhood performances on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO the sisters have gone on to perform at such venues as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, National Theatre in Taipei, Severance Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, and Zankel Hall. Their performances have also been seen and heard onLive from Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center Honors, Japan's NHK, Washington D.C.'s Voice of America and Bavarian Radio. In recent seasons the trio has appeared in series such as the Harvard Musical Association, Mondavi Center Performing Arts, Peggy Rockefeller Concerts, San Franciso Performances and Santa Fe Concert Association.
The Albers trio enjoys presenting educational programs to students in many of the cities in which they perform. They also strive to work with one living composer each year, bringing today's music to their audiences. Their upcoming season includes performances in California, Florida and Georgia.
Violinist Laura is the Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera. She, as well as her sisters, began studying Suzuki violin with their mother, Ellie LeRoux, at the age of two. Laura went on to receive her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein and Ronald Copes. She has performed and taught on both violin and viola throughout the United States and in Canada and Mexico. She has also participated in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Rhode Island's Newport Music Festival, the Sarasota Opera Festival in Florida and an Orpheus Chamber Orchestra tour. In addition to her music, Laura heads a San Francisco chapter of Dining For Women, an international giving circle who's mission is to empower women and children living in extreme poverty. During the Opera's off–season, she enjoys traveling, preparing gourmet meals with her husband and racing as an age group triathlete.
Violist Rebecca is the Assistant Principal Viola of the Minnesota Orchestra. Rebecca received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she was a student and teaching assistant of Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. As winner of Juilliard's 2002–03 viola competition, Rebecca made her New York concerto debut performing the New York premiere of Samuel Adler's Viola Concerto in Alice Tully Hall. She made her European recital debut at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, France. Prior to joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 2010, Rebecca was the youngest Department of Strings faculty member at the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She is currently on the faculties of the North American Viola Institute in Orford, QC and the Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island, NY. Rebecca has performed at such festivals as the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (UK), and Strings Music Festival. Past teachers include Ellie LeRoux and James Maurer.
Cellist Julie made her major orchestral debut at the age of 17 with the Cleveland Orchestra, and thereafter has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia. She received her bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Richard Aaron. Julie has received various awards including the Grand Prize in South Korea's Gyeongnam International Music Competition and Second Prize in Munich's Internationaler Musikwettbewerbes der ARD. Past seasons have included appearances with the orchestras of Colorado, Indianapolis, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, and Munchener Kammerorchester among others. In addition to solo performances Julie regularly appears at chamber music festivals around the world and has just finished a three year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. October of 2005 marked the release of her solo debut recording on the Artek Label.
December 2012. Please discard any previously dated materials.