International Trio Award


 The world's premier piano trio award from 2003 to 2012

A biennial piano trio award, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award (KLRITA) derived its impetus from the desire to honor the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (Joseph Kalichstein, piano, Jaime Laredo, violin, Sharon Robinson, cello). In addition, the award was created to encourage and enhance the careers of accomplished and extraordinarily promising young and "rising" piano trios which were chosen every other year while the award was in operation.

Developed by former Chamber Music Society of Detroit president Lois R. Beznos and managed by the society through four distinguished award cycles, the KLRITA is believed to have been the first piano trio award in the world of classical music and the only such award to be administered by a presenting organization.  

Since its founding in 2003, the award helped to advance the careers of four young professional piano trios with tours to 20 presenters across the United States. The four winning trios were the Claremont Trio, the Trio Con Brio Copenhagen, the Atos Trio, and the Morgenstern Trio, which completed its winner’s tour in the 2011-2012 season.

Modeled after Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award was to have been supported in perpetuity by a combination of funds from the 20 participating presenters and additional endowment funds raised by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. Despite the successful establishment of the award by Lois Beznos, Detroit’s keenly-felt economic downturn prevented the development of this sustainable and permanent funding plan.

In announcing the permanent suspension of the award in 2012, CMSD President Steve Wogaman said, “We deeply regret our inability to continue supporting this award with the organization’s limited human and financial resources, but we celebrate the enduring legacy of the four winning trios as they continue to grow in their careers. The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio itself remains a strong Chamber Music Society favorite.”

Award Description

To be considered for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award, trios had to have been together as ensembles for approximately five to ten years, have an agency management contract, and be actively engaged in touring.  Nominations were sought internationally from professional performers, teachers, presenters and composers.  Winners were chosen by adjudication panels of distinguished musicians, including members of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, and participating presenters. Each winning trio benefited from presentation on the series of all twenty participating trio award presenters, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Fortas Chamber Music Series, the University of Chicago Presents and the Kravis Center.

During each winning trio's two-year tour period,  the string players benefited from the services of Kenneth Warren & Son, Ltd., one of the oldest string instrument dealerships in the U.S., founded in 1924. Additionally, Arabesque Records produced a CD recording of the Claremont Trio and Azica Records produced a CD recording of the Trio Con Brio Copenhagen, the Atos Trio and the Morgenstern Trio.

Award Winners


First Award Cycle:

Award in 2003; Tour in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006

The Claremont Trio




Second Award Cycle:

Award in 2005; Tour in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008

Trio con Brio Copenhagen




Third Award Cycle:

Award in 2007; Tour in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010

The Atos Trio




Fourth Award Cycle:

Award in 2009; Tour in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012

The Morgenstern Trio