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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
A native of Richmond, Indiana, Erika Klemperer studied the violin from the age of seven. She graduated from 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, Erika Klemperer received her master's degree from Sarah Lawrence College where, as a teaching fellow, she studied with Dorothy Delay. Erika Klemperer was awarded a full scholarship to Aspen Music Festival and was also invited to participate in the Teton Music Festival.
At the invitation of Yehudi Menuhin, Erika Klemperer continued her post-graduate studies in London, also studying with Yfrah Neaman there.
Now a resident of London, Klemperer is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Ronald Crutcher, Violoncello
Ronald Crutcher was born in Cincinnati 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. The recipient of a coveted Fulbright Fellowship, Crutcher continued his studies in Germany with Siegfried Palm and Gerhard Mantel. Other teachers have included Janos Starker, Margaret Rowell, and Enrico Mainardi. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in March 1985.
A former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, he has performed numerous recitals in the United States, Europe, and South America and has recorded for Austrian and West German radio.
Ronald 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.
Now the president of the University of Richmond, Crutcher formerly served as the president of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University of Ohio. An active member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities for many years, he currently serves as the chair of that organization's board. He is also a past president of Chamber Music America.
Gordon Back, Piano
Gordon Back's distinguished career as an accompanist and chamber music player has taken him to most continents of the world. His international reputation was established in 1978 when he accompanied violinist Dong-Suk Kang in New York's Alice Tully Hall to critical acclaim. Since then he has appeared extensively throughout Europe, the former U.S.S.R., the United States, Japan, Korea and South Africa.
Gordon Back has performed with artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Julian Lloyd Webber, Josef Suk, and Sarah Chang and has frequently acted as an official accompanist for the great international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition, The Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Paganini Competition, and The Indianapolis Competition.
Recent seasons have seen Gordon Back's own successful International Celebrity Chamber Music Series in his native country of Wales. In addition to a busy performing career and recording schedule, Gordon Back is head of the department of accompaniment and a fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.