Resident Artists

Kandinsky Trio

Kandinsky Trio 2015
Benedict Goodfriend, violin • Alan Weinstein, cello • Elizabeth Bachelder, piano NOW IN ITS THIRTY-FIRST SEASON, the Kandinsky Trio continues one of this country's most enduring chamber music residencies at historic Roanoke College with over a thousand concerts of high caliber chamber music in the U. S., Europe, and Canada. Described as "spirited and persuasive," American Record Guide, and "virtuosity, with spine-tingling precision," Cincinnati Enquirer, the Trio draws in new audiences with both its passionate performances of masterworks and innovative ideas in re-defining chamber music. The Trio is one of only six piano trios ever to win the prestigious Chamber Music America Residency Award. In 1999, the Kandinsky Trio was chosen by Senator Charles Robb as the representative of the Commonwealth of Virginia at Kennedy Center's State Days series. In addition the ensemble has received multiple awards from the Theodore Presser and Carpenter foundations to extend its artistry and visionary residency ideas to under-served communities.   In residence at Roanoke College, the Kandinsky Trio presents 4 concerts on campus annually, regularly collaborating with such diverse artists as bassist James VanDemark, violinist/violist Ida Kavafian, cellist Steven Doane, soprano Dawn Upshaw, composer Gunther Schuller, storyteller Connie Regan-Blake, and jazz legend Larry Coryell. Their innovative projects have included Mike Reid's Tales of Appalachia for Trio and storyteller, John D'earth's Natural Bridge, for Trio, jazz bass and guitar with jazz great Kurt Rosenwinkel, and a unique collaboration with storyteller/whistler Andy Offutt Irwin which features creative arrangements of jazz standards and folk music to produce a totally original musical experience. In 2010 the NEA recognized the Kandinsky Trio's achievement with an "American Masterpieces" grant to tour and record the jazz-influenced chamber music of Gunther Schuller and John D'earth. On Light Wings, OmniTone #15219, was released in October 2013.   The Trio visits classes on campus every semester, sharing music of many genres relating to such topics as the Enlightenment, Transcendentalism, the Holocaust, Women composers, and specific trends in the history of art and culture.

More information about the Kandinsky Trio can be found on their website.

Marianne Sandborg

Marianne Sandborg

Marianne Sandborg is Resident Artist (Voice).  She is a graduate of Old Dominion University and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  She has performed frequently with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra under current director Maestro David Wiley and former conductor Victoria Bond; Opera Roanoke, under current Artistic Adviser Steven White and former director Craig Fields; and Roanoke Valley Choral Society, under Jeffrey Sandborg, among others.  Ms. Sandborg's collaborations include American composers Daniel Pinkham and Gunther Schuller, in addition to RSO's former composer-in- residence Margaret Brouwer, and Roanoke College faculty member Gordon Marsh. Her awards include the Perry F. Kendig Award for Excellence in the Arts, New York Oratorio Competition, and the Yrjö Kilpinen International Voice Competition.  She was first-prize winner in the Philadelphia Cathedral/Diana Barnhart American Art Song Competition, and is included in the International Who's Who of Professionals® and Who's Who Among America's Teachers®.  She is organist/soloist at Second Presbyterian Church, Roanoke.