Klemperer Trio

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music

"A trio of three brilliant artists who play as one." – San Francisco Chronicle



Formed in 1980, The Klemperer Trio has performed to critical acclaim in the United States and Europe. The trio consists of 
Erika Klemperer, violin; Ronald Crutcher, violoncello; and Gordon Back, piano. They are a chamber ensemble of exceptional musicianship, with a repertoire spanning musical styles from classical to contemporary.

Erika Klemperer, violin

“Erika Klemperer revealed virtuoso technique and an artistic sensibility, which ensured her talents were put to intensely musical effect.”

— The Times on Klemperer’s London recital debut

A native of Richmond, Indiana, Erika Klemperer studied the violin from the age of seven. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and later attended Indiana University, where she studied with Josef Gingold and received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors. Already pursuing an interest in chamber music, Klemperer received her master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College where, as a teaching fellow, she studied with Dorothy Delay. Klemperer was awarded a full scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival, and also was invited to participate in the Grand Teton Music Festival.

At the invitation of Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Klemperer continued her post-graduate studies in London, also studying with Yfrah Neaman there.

A former professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Klemperer also holds a degree in psychotherapy and recently became a Jungian analyst. She combines her psychotherapy work with her busy musical career.


Ronald Crutcher, violoncello

“Combines strength with supple refinement and elegance.” — General Anzeiger (Bonn, Germany)

Ronald Crutcher was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and began studying the cello at the age of 14 with Elizabeth Potteiger, a faculty member at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. At the age of 17 he won the Cincinnati Symphony Young Artist Competition. As a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow, he studied at Yale University with the renowned cellist Aldo Parisot, and became the first cellist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University. The recipient of a coveted Fulbright Fellowship, Crutcher continued his studies in Germany with Siegfried Palm and Gerhard Mantel. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in March 1985.

A former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Crutcher has performed numerous recitals in the United States, Europe, and South America, and has recorded for Austrian and German radio.

Crutcher has written several articles on music for professional journals and reference books, and has served internationally as a consultant for numerous music and fine arts programs. He has served on the boards of the Boston, Cleveland, and Austin symphony orchestras, and currently is a member of the Board of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He also is a member of the Board of the Cavani Quartet and the Board of Advisors for the Sphinx Organization.

Currently serving as the 10th President of the University of Richmond, Crutcher is President Emeritus of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Dr. Crutcher formerly served in leadership positions at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. He also was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University of Ohio and Professor of Music. He serves on the boards of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the American Council on Education (ACE). Crutcher is a past president of Chamber Music America.


Gordon Back, piano

“A superlative, sensitive pianist.” — The New York Times

“Technically stunning, musically exciting.” — Le Figaro (Paris)

Gordon Back’s distinguished career as a pianist has taken him throughout Europe, Russia, the United States, Japan, Korea and of course, Great Britain, performing and recording with artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Maxim Vengerov, Aaron Rosand, Josef Suk, Sarah Chang, Leonidas Kavakos, and the Cleveland Quartet. He has been an official accompanist at major international violin competitions including the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Carl Flesch Competition (London), the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow), and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (U.S.).

Gordon Back gives regular master classes as guest professor in music colleges such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute, and the Royal Northern College of Music. In the summer he teaches in France and at the Valdres Festival in Norway. He is Chair of the jury of the Vendome Prize, artistic advisor of the Hattori Foundation, and artistic director of the Gower Festival.

In 2002 he became the artistic director of the Menuhin Competition, and has since channelled his creative energy into defining it as a unique international event. It was recently hosted in Oslo in 2010, Beijing in 2012, Austin, Texas in 2014, London in 2016, and will be in Geneva in 2018. It now includes a major violin festival featuring all jury members as performers, and provides an educational forum to all participants and visiting musicians. 

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