The Merling Trio, a piano/cello/violin trio that performs chamber music, is coming to Northern Michigan’s Mason CountyMyNorth entertainment writer Ross Boissoneau introduces us to the acclaimed classical trio before their Scottville event February 26.


The Merling Trio

How It Got Its Start

Renata Artman Knific (violin), Bruce Uchimura (cello) and Susan Wiersma Uchimura (piano) first joined forces in 1993. Bringing together musicians from Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds, the trio made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall that same year.

It was also in 1993 that it commissioned and premiered C. Curtis-Smith’s Second Piano Trio. The Merling Trio subsequently performed numerous works by the American composer, including recording an entire album of his works. Both the late composer and the trio served as artists in residence at Western Michigan University, and the Merling Trio is still based there.

The Merling Trio has won numerous awards over the years, including being named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994, as well as performing individually or as a group with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and the South Carolina Philharmonic, under the baton of such notable conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, and Christoph Eschenbach.


Classical chamber music

Influences and Inspirations

Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, other classical composers and classical piano trios

Additional Background

The trio has performed across the globe, including the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Pensacola Summer Music Festival, the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, the Fontana Festival of Art and Music, the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy, Cello an American Experience in Minnesota, and the Aria International Summer Academy in Massachusetts.

The Merling Trio has released a number of critically-acclaimed recordings, featuring such composers as Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, and Liszt, Piazzolla, Shostakovich and Dvorak.

The group takes its name from the Danish violin maker Paul Merling.


The Merlings play with a properly stylistic balance between abandon and control. This is an unusual and beautifully played program.” – The American Record Guide

A powerful impression, with unabashed romanticism and finesse.” – London Musical Opinion


Center Stage Theater at West Shore Community College in Scottville

Date & Time

Friday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Information

Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, and $8 for children.

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