Sunday, January 13 at 3PM

Three of the greatest composers of the Romantic period are featured in this concert by Trio Umami.  Acclaimed young artists Tal First, Tomsen Su and Ilya Laskin bring to brilliant life works by Ludwig von Beethoven, Cesar Franck and Robert Schumann.

Tal First made his debut on the SOPAC stage last season. He returns to display his versatility as part of the Trio Umami in this lyrical program. Born in 1995, Tal began his violin studies in Israel with Mr. Geri Ferber at the age of 6. He continued his studies with Ms. Svetlana Simannovsky at the Thelma Yellin School of Arts and later on at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, while serving as an “outstanding musician” in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Tal currently studies at the Juilliard School with Mr. Li Lin. He is supported by the Scholarship in memory of Bilha Davis,  and the Ronen Foundation. He is a member in the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and served as the concertmaster of the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra. Tal plays on a bow from the Juilliard School’s instrument collection, and a violin made by Paulo Antonie Testore, generously loaned to him by Mr. Yehuda Zisapel.

Tomsen Su, Trio Umami’s cellist,  is currently pursuing his Bachelor of music degree under the guidance of Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School of Music. His principal teachers include Ronald Leonard, Dr. Richard Naill, Ko Iwasaki, and Robert DeMaine. He attended master classes with János Starker, Gary Hoffman, Lynn Harrell and many others.  Awards include top prizes at the inaugural M-Prize Junior Chamber Competition, WDAV String Quartet Competition, and Saint Paul String Quartet Competition in 2016 with the Chimera Quartet. Tomsen performs on a 1926 Carl Becker Cello generously on loan from the Colburn Collection and a Giovanni Lucchi bow graciously loaned to him by the Maestro Foundation.

Ilya Laskin was born in Israel in 1993. He started to study piano with his grandfather at the age of six. At age 17, he continued to study with Dr. Mark Shaviner and one year later he joined his studio at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. Ilya participated in several competitions.  The Tel-Hai Piano Concerto Competition awarded him 2nd prize, Ashdod Piano competition earned him a d 3rd prize and the Buchmann-Mehta Chamber Music competition honored him with the 2nd prize.

In 2013 Ilya played the Ravel left hand concerto with the Buchmann-Mehta orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta and in the same year he played with the Rishon-Lezion orchestra conducted by Noam Zur.

SOPAC is proud to partner with the famed Juilliard School to present some of the finest young musicians in the world today. Juilliard @ SOPAC is supported in part by Samuel Convissor.

Trio Umami

Tal First, violin
Tomsen Su, cello
Ilya Laskin, piano


Trio Umami Program

Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Adagio cantabile
Scherzo (Allegro)
Finale (Presto)

Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major
Allegretto ben moderato
Recitativo – Fantasia. Ben moderato – molto lento
Allegretto poco mosso 


Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 110
Bewegt, doch nicht zu rasch
Ziemlich langsam
Kräftig, mit Humor