Program Details

Concert for Piano Trio

Mei Mei Luo
Music / Arts & Letters

Course Description

Johannes Brahms, Piano Trio no. 3, Op. 101 - Johannes Brahms (1833 –1897) was a German composer and pianist of the romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, he spent much of his professional life in Vienna. He is sometimes grouped with Bach and Beethoven as one of the “three Bs” of music. Brahms premiered many of his own works. He is a virtuoso pianist; many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire.

Dmitri Shostakovich, Trio no. 2, Op. 67 - In 1944, as World War II raged, Shostakovich suffered the death of his dear friend of 17 years, musicologist Ivan Sollertinsky. Shostakovich described: “I cannot express in word all of the grief I felt when I received the news of the death of Ivan, who was my closest friend. I owe all my education to him. It will be unbelievably hard for me to live without him.” Six months later, Shostakovich finished his Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Opus 67 and dedicated it to the memory of his friend.

About the Instructor

  • Founding member and first violinist of the Delray String Quartet, Mei Mei Luo is recognized as one of South Florida’s finest violinists. Her solo concerts include the Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Bruch violin concertos. She is concertmaster of Orchestra Miami and Miami City Ballet’s Opus One Orchestra. Since 2000, she has been a regular member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. Luo has played as a member of the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists, as well as an alternate for the Philadelphia Orchestra. She was assistant concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and served as concertmaster for their final concert in 2003.

    Cellist Claudio Jaffé launched his solo performance career at the age of 11 with an orchestral debut in his native Brazil. The New York Times describes Jaffé as “an elegant and accomplished artist” of “taste, technique, musicianship and a contagious youthful enthusiasm.” A prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions, Jaffé received four degrees from Yale University, including the Doctor of Musical Arts and is currently teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

    Catherine Lan, DMA, has performed globally in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and National Concert Hall in Taipei. She has concertized with distinguished musicians and ensembles, including James Buswell, Ayano Ninomiya, David Requiro, Aspen Trio, Henschel Quartet and Maxwell String Quartet. Lan serves on the faculty of Broward College. She is also the co-artistic director of Rosemary Duffy Larson Classical Series, Chrysalis Chamber Players and Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series. Lan records for Centaur Records. For more information on Catherine Lan, visit

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