MEET THE ARTISTS
LAURA KOBAYASHI, violin
Violinist Laura Kobayashi leads a varied career as a performer and pedagogue. She currently resides in Northern Virginia and in addition to performing with the Polaris Piano Trio, she is a member of the Main Street Chamber Players and the Kobayashi/Gray Duo. She is also a founding member of the Main Street Music Studios in Fairfax where she maintains a large private studio of students. Dr. Kobayashi has appeared as a soloist with a number of professional and university/college orchestras throughout the United States and overseas with the Salta Chamber Orchestra of Argentina and the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra of Thailand. FULL BIO
KENNETH LAW, cello
A native of Columbia, SC, cellist Kenneth Law enjoys a diverse career as performer, teacher and author. He is a member of the Ritz Chamber Players (Jacksonville, FL), Main Street Chamber Players and Polaris Piano Trio. In addition to performances abroad as soloist and recitalist, his chamber music performances include appearances at the Arts Club of Washington, the German Embassy and the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Jazz at Lincoln Center” Concert Series, and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. FULL BIO
Polaris Piano Trio
The members of the Polaris Piano Trio are friends whose collective musical collaboration spans more than 20 years. Concerts by Polaris Piano Trio have included performances on the Piccolo Festival of Spoleto in Charleston, South Carolina and at the Arts Club of Washington (Washington, D.C.) as well as in New York, Maryland and Virginia. Individually they have performed in prestigious venues including The Kennedy Center, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Gindi Auditorium in Los Angeles as well as overseas in the European Union, South America, Norway, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Trinidad, South Africa and Thailand. Combining their forces, the Polaris Piano Trio performs innovative programs that explore works by women and composers of African descent as well performing works from the standard repertoire.
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FRANCESCA HURST, piano
Recognized for her “quicksilver passagework” and “tender lyricism” (The Washington Post), yet not afraid to shout, swing her foot onto the piano or don fingerless gloves if the music demands it, pianist Francesca Hurst divides her playing evenly between classical and contemporary music. Classically trained, she accidentally fell into the new music scene in 2013 when she stepped in last minute for a gig with Great Noise Ensemble. At ease with a wide repertoire ranging from Bach to JacobTV, she makes sense of the music regardless of style and period. FULL BIO