The Icicle Creek Piano Trio, hailed by Gramophone magazine for its "warmly considered playing" and "meticulous articulation and blend," is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Icicle Creek Music Center, a non-profit organization in Leavenworth, Washington. As well as offering year-round concerts in the center's picturesque Canyon Wren Concert Hall and an intensive international chamber music festival and institute each July, the artists maintain busy private studios and offer regular coaching sessions to local and visiting young ensembles.
The members of the Icicle Creek Piano Trio originated from the United States, United Kingdom, and Russia. Together and as individuals, Jennifer, Sally and Oksana have performed in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, the Phillips Collection, and the Royal Albert Hall, and have toured in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, and the U.K. Regionally and on the West Coast, they have performed at Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Puget Sound, Cornish College of the Arts, the Seattle Sherman Clay Recital Hall, the Governor's Mansion in Olympia, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Seattle Town Hall, the University of Santa Barbara, and Davies Hall in San Francisco. Collectively, they have earned academic and performance degrees from Harvard University, Oxford University, the Royal College of Music, State University of New York at Stony Brook, University of Texas at Austin, the Royal Northern College of Music, Northern Illinois University, Walla Walla College, and the Ryazan School of Music in Russia.
The Icicle Creek Piano Trio's debut recording of Ravel and Schubert trios, which has been critically acclaimed by the American Record Guide, The Strad, Gramophone, and Fanfare, among others, was released in 2008 under the Con Brio label.
Jennifer Caine, violinist, was the first prize winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Competition in 2004 and recipient of several awards including the Royal College of Music's Isolde Menges Prize for solo Bach, the Polonsky Foundation Grant, and the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for Musicians. She has performed as soloist, chamber music collaborator, and orchestral musician throughout the United States and Europe, and at music festivals including the Olympic Music Festival, Soesterberg International Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and Norfolk, Yellow Barn and Sarasota Music Festivals. Ms. Caine was a co-founder and former member of the Knox Piano Trio, which toured England and Northern Ireland, and she has appeared in concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Philomusica, and Seattle Symphony.
Ms. Caine is a graduate of Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and holds Masters Degrees in performance and musicology from the Royal College of Music and Oxford University respectively. Her teachers and coaches have included Grigori Zhislin, Zinaida Gilels, Olga Yanovich, Robert Lipsett, Elisabeth Adkins, Robert Levin and Daniel Stepner. She is Resident violinist at the Icicle Creek Music Center and violinist of the Icicle Creek Piano Trio, collaborates frequently with chamber ensembles in the Seattle area, and is a freelance writer for Strings magazine.
Oksana Ezhokina, is a native of Ryazan, Russia. A winner of several piano and chamber music competitions, Ms. Ezhokina frequently appears as guest recitalist and chamber musician on concert series across the United States, and has been featured on multiple live radio broadcasts on stations including WFMT-Chicago, KUOW-Seattle, and Maine Public Radio. Her collaborations have included concerts with such ensembles as the Seattle Chamber Players, Klimt Piano Trio and the Contemporary Chamber Players. A dedicated champion and performer of works by contemporary composers, she has premiered music by Laura Kaminsky and Paul Drescher, among others.
Ms. Ezhokina was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2004. She also holds an Artist Diploma from the Ryazan School of Music in Russia, a Master of Music degree in piano from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Walla Walla College. Her principal teachers were Christina Dahl, Donald Walker, Leonard Richter and Eleanor Oragyoff, and she has coached chamber music with pianists Gilbert Kalish and Seymour Lipkin as well as members of the Juilliard, Emerson, Orion and Vermeer String Quartets. Ms. Ezhokina is pianist of the Icicle Creek Piano Trio, Co-Artistic Director of the Icicle Creek Music Center, and Co-director of the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute.
Sally Singer, cellist from the United Kingdom, has an extensive background in solo and chamber music performance. She has toured in Britain, France, Italy, Austria and Germany with ensembles and has played in the major concert halls of London, New York and Vienna.
As a soloist, Sally has appeared recently with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, CT, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and the Pleven Philharmonic, Bulgaria, where the Polemics of Art Journal review referred to her interpretation of Elgar’s cello concerto as “a performance of the highest caliber, which will leave life-long memories for every person in the audience." Ms. Singer was a top prizewinner in the Corpus Christi International Young Artists competition, won the John Ireland Chamber Music Competition and received two fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA, as well as many awards and scholarships from her institutions of study. She has appeared on British National Television several times and has performed and interviewed live for National Public Radio, Seattle, King FM, Koho Radio and KUT.
Ms. Singer was awarded First Class honors at the Royal Northern College of Music, has a Masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where she studied cello performance with Timothy Eddy. Formerly a member of the Vovka Ashkenazy and Klimt Piano Trios, Sally is currently cellist of the Icicle Creek Piano Trio. Ms. Singer is also Co-Artistic Director of the Icicle Creek Music Center and Co-Director of the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute.