Julie Park, viola | Sally Kim, Cello | Shauno Isomura, violin|(From Left)
The Mazzoli Trio was formed in 2015 by University of Auckland Head of Music Allan Badley and Artistic Director of the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music Edith Salzmann, and consists of Shauno Isomura (vln), Julie Park (vla), Sally Kim (cello).
The trio is named in honour of american composer Missy Mazzoli.
Shortly after their formation in New Zealand, The group quickly gained international attention after being invited to perform in the 2nd International PAMS Music Summit held in Beijing, China. Their recital in Beijing was celebrated with a standing ovation for their engaging performance and were praised for presenting the most unique selection of works of the summit. Members of the group have individually gained success in their solo and chamber music field, taking them to perform concerts and recital tours all over the globe including Germany, France, Italy, Scotland, China, Thailand, UK, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Malta and throughout New Zealand, recently collaborating in concert with Jonathan Morton (Scottish Ensemble, UK) and Stephen De Pledge as a sextet, and Clio Gould (Royal Academy of Music, UK) in a Chamber Ensemble.
Between them the three members of the group, Shauno Isomura (vln), Julie Park (vla), Sally Kim(cello), they have been 1st prize winners of all major chamber music competitions in New Zealand including the Pettman/Royal Overseas League Scholarship Competition (2013), CMNZ Secondary School Chamber Music Contest (2011 and 2012), the CMNZ Auckland Chamber Music Society Prize Competition (2014, 2015 and 2016) and are recipient of the Carl & Alberta Rosenfeldt Chamber Music Prize.
Members have appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras including the Baden Baden Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, International Akaroa Music Festival Orchestra and the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
Within 3 years after their formation, the Mazzoli Trio had built a loyal fanbase in New Zealand and have just returned from their recent CMNZ Encompass tour which ended at a full standing ovation and an encore despite their programmes comprising of many ‘un-familiar’ names. This ‘unfamiliarity’ in their programmes have always been a unique factor of the Mazzoli Trio. A factor in which brought audiences to curiosity, then quickly converting it to absolute delight by the conclusion of each concert. Their programmes have included works by composers such as Gideon Klein, Jean Francaix, William Shield, and Missy Mazzoli . The trio’s wish is to bring the often unheard yet beautiful music of the string trio repertoire to a wider audience, and to act as a forerunner of emerging New Zealand Chamber Music.
In 2018, the Mazzoli Trio announced an album in collaboration with acclaimed American composer Missy Mazzoli, featuring world premiere recordings of Mazzoli's chamber music works. The release will be followed by concerts featuring a brand new string trio by New Zealand composer Gareth Farr.