Trio Solace will give a benefit concert at RVCC

Raritan Valley Community College’s Department of Arts and Design will present a concert on October 17 with Trio Solace. The trio includes Jacob Savransky on piano, Edward Li on violin and Mark Serkin on cello.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 2 p.m. at the Welpe Theater on RVCC’s Branchburg campus and will also be broadcast live on Masks are mandatory at all RVCC facilities and social distancing will be respected.

The performance will include “Piano Trio Pale Yellow” by Jennifer Higdon, “Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120” and “Piano Trio n ° 1 op. 3 in C minor ”by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The performance is part of the department’s MOZAIKA concert series, launched in 2020 to help cover the cost of private tuition for RVCC music majors. The series is designed to promote multicultural dialogue through the interpretation of music from the classical canon up to the 21st century.

Formed in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trio Solace made their debut on RVCC’s MOZAIKA concert series in early 2021. Shortly thereafter, the musicians were named Ensemble Forward Grant recipients. by Chamber Music America, made possible by the New York community. Confidence.

Savransky is a faculty member at Riverdale Music Studio. It also has a private studio. Finalist in several competitions, Savransky received an honorable mention at the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival Competition in 2017.

Passionate about soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in festivals such as Castlenuovo di Garfagnana, Virtuoso Bel Canto and Adamant. He received a BA from the Mannes School of Music at the New School and an MA from McGill University.

Serkin is a cellist, music teacher and chamber musician who has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall and various other venues. His love of chamber music has led him to perform at numerous festivals including Meadowmount, Taconic Music, NOI and Manchester Music Festival. A graduate of the Mannes School of Music, where he studied with cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Serkin is pursuing a doctorate in musical art (DMA) at Rutgers University, under the tutelage of Jonathan Spitz.

Li is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in historically informed performance and new music. He has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and was principal violin in orchestras at Lincoln Center and New York City Center. A recent member of Juilliard415, Li has collaborated with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, the New York Public Library, the New School of Jazz, and with various Grammy-winning artists. Previously a mathematician and published pastry chef, Li received his master’s degree in music from the Mannes School of Music and the Juilliard School.

A post-performance discussion with the artists will follow the program. The MOZAIKA Concert Series concerts are free, but donations are accepted and will go to the RVCC Applied Music Fund to help college music majors pay for private lessons on their main instruments.

The concert will also be available for viewing online after the initial performance date. For more information on the MOZAIKA concert or series, contact Anna Keiserman at [email protected] For more information on the upcoming season, visit

The MOZAIKA Concert Series is made possible with funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road. For more information, visit

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