The Reform Temple of Forest Hills

Forest Hills Chamber Music Series

Saturday, June 15th at 8:00 pm

An Evening of Piano Trios


Joseph Haydn: Piano trio No. 44 in E major, Hob. XV/28

I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Finale: Allegro

Aaron J Kernis: “Bright Abyss” for Piano Trio (WORLD PREMIERE)
I. From a Dark Time
II. Sky Music


Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 (1889 revised version)

I. Allegro con brio
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
III. Adagio
IV. Finale: Allegro

The Reform Temple of Forest Hills
71-11 112th Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375


Members: $18
Non-members: $25
Door: $36


Concert will be livestreamed at

Ari Evan

Born and raised in New York, cellist Ari Evan recently completed his Artist Diploma at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapelle in Belgium, under the tutelage of Gary Hoffman. During his time in Europe, Ari maintained a varied and active performing career. Solo highlights include a performance of Haydn D with Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Vienna Concert Orchestra, and a recital at Flagey. Ari was featured on the Chapelle’s landmark Cesar Franck CD, recording his first three piano trios with Frank Braley. Especially fond of string quartets, Ari served as guest cellist of the Quatuor MONA, performing in the Paris Philharmonie, and toured with the internationally acclaimed Rolston String Quartet through Europe, Canada, and the US. He also served as guest principal cellist with Belgium’s Ataneres Ensemble.

A versatile chamber musician, Ari has performed with many of the world’s pre-eminent artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Shumel Ashkenasi, Corina Belcea, Colin Carr, Miriam Fried, Gary Hoffman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Ani Kavafian, Robert McDonald, as well as former members of the Cleveland and Artemis Quartets. He often performs music of living composers, having world-premiered works by Augusta Reed Thomas, Philip Lasser, and Pieter Schuermans, and worked with Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Zorn, Eric Montalbetti, Kinan Azmeh, George Lewis, Thierry Escaich on their compositions. Many of the relationships Ari cultivated through chamber music have led to CD recordings—he is featured on the Alpha Classics, DUX, MSR Classics, and Sono Luminus labels. He has also played with many of New York’s premiere ensembles, working with Metropolis Ensemble, New York Classical Players, Frisson Ensemble, and Exponential Ensemble.

A passionate educator, Ari has coached chamber music at Juilliard Pre-College since 2016, and held a cello faculty position at the Opus 118 School of Music during the 2017-18 academic year. He has also served as guest artist faculty at the Heartland Chamber Music Festival in Kansas (2021), and the Merit School of Music in Chicago (2017), where he led chamber music masterclasses. His philosophy as a private teacher is to adapt his style to suit the individual needs of each student, and to always strive to help every student connect with their innate love of music. Ari was a member of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect from 2018-2020, and studied with Timothy Eddy at the Juilliard School, where he received his Master’s Degree in 2017. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors.

Katie Hyun

A winner of Astral Artists’ Auditions, Katie Hyun has been described as “a virtuoso by any measure” by The Berkshire Review.  Her debut recital in Philadelphia showcased virtuosic works on both Baroque and modern violins.  She has appeared as a soloist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Bay Atlantic Symphony, NOVUS Trinity Wall Street, and the Busan Sinfonietta and Incheon Philharmonic in South Korea, among others. Festival appearances include Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Bravo! Vail, Tippet Rise Arts Center, Mostly Mozart, American Bach Soloists, OBX Chamber Music Series, Crescent City Chamber Music Festival, and NYinCC in South Korea.  Katie currently serves as the concertmaster of NOVUS Trinity Wall Street while frequently appearing with the Manhattan Chamber Players, the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Seraphic Fire.  Her community engagement experience spans a wide range of audiences from schools to rehabilitation centers, through Astral collaborations, appearances at Play on Philly, and teaching at Sing Sing Correctional Facility through Musicambia.  Katie also founded and directed Quodlibet Ensemble, a collective of string players and creators dedicated to creating musical experiences that engage, entertain, and invite people to invest in their communities. Quodlibet has performed at the Shepherd Music Series, Yale British Arts Center, Drew University, Rockefeller University, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. In October 2020 Quodlibet partnered with VOTESart to produce a video performance aimed at raising awareness of voters’ rights. The video premiered at the Five Boroughs Music Festival.

Miles Walter

American composer and pianist Miles Walter’s music, praised as “densely contrapuntal” and for its “churning, Romantic-era-infused harmonies” (Aspen Times), has been commissioned and performed by (among others) the Venice Biennale, Bertrand Chamayou, Aspen Music Festival and School, Yale Percussion Group, New York Virtuoso Singers, Argento Ensemble, Ensemble Lontano, and Merz Trio, and has received awards from BMI, AMFS, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. As a pianist, Miles is an avid collaborator and chamber musician, and has worked with artists and ensembles including Rolston, Callisto, and Isidore Quartets, Cantata Profana, icarus Quartet, Orchestra New England (world-premiere Ives recordings on Naxos), choreographer Jennifer Jancuska (Hamilton) & the BringAbout, New Chamber Ballet, and Mark Morris Dance Group. Committed to an eclectic and wide-ranging performance practice, he has premiered over four dozen works by his peers, students, and mentors alike, and plays fluently in numerous non- and semi-notated styles, in- and outside the concert hall. Miles holds a BA and an MM from Yale, where his teachers included Wei-Yi Yang (piano) and Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Christopher Theofanidis, and Aaron Jay Kernis (composition); further studies and festival credits include Norfolk, Ostrava Days, Bowdoin, Apple Hill, and Prussia Cove. He currently lives in London, where he’s pursuing doctoral studies in composition with Sir George Benjamin.