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Trio Latitude 41


Livia Sohn, violin
Luigi Piovano, cello
Bernadene Blaha, piano

Violinist Livia Sohn, cellist Luigi Piovano, and pianist Bernadene Blaha came together to form Latitude 41 in 2009, as a result of their previous musical collaborations and mutual passion for chamber music. Since their formation, highlights of Latitude 41 appearances include the Newport Music Festival, the L’Ermitage Foundation in Los Angeles, and “Sundays Live” at the L.A. County Museum of Art, which is streamed live across the internet and radio. In 2011 Latitude 41 released its debut CD with the monumental Schubert Piano Trio in E flat, and Schubert Notturno, on the label Eloquentia which in 2015 will issue Latitude 41 second CD, with both Saint-Saëns Trios. Most recent engagements of the trio include a recital for Maverick Concerts in NY, America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival, and Music in the Morning, in Vancouver. Highlights of Latitude 41 appearances in Italy include the Accademia Filarmonica Romana in Rome and the Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice.
The latitude of the trio’s first performance venue in Rhode Island, as well as where cellist Luigi Piovano makes his home in Rome, Italy, are both Latitude 41.


Livia Sohn performs widely on the international stage as concerto soloist, recitalist, and festival guest in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and New Zealand. This past season saw Livia performing such wide-ranging concertos as Paganini and Bruch to Britten and Rorem, with orchestras in North Amercia as well as in China and Italy. Highlights from this season sees Livia playing Dvorak and Barber Concertos in Los Angeles and Budapest, as well as recitals in Tokyo and New York. In 2007, a concerto called “Jiyeh”, by Israeli-American composer Jonathan Berger, was written for and premiered by Livia. In 2011 “Jiyeh” will be released on CD together with the Britten Violin Concerto. Livia gave her first public performance at age eight. In 1989, at the age of 12, she won First Prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. She attended the Juilliard Pre-College Division from the age of seven, at which time she began her studies with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. She continued under their tutelage at the Juilliard School, where she also studied chamber music with the legendary Felix Galamir. Livia plays on a J. B. Guadagnini violin crafted in 1770 and a Samuel Zygmuntowicz made in 2006. She has been on faculty at the Music Department of Stanford University in California since 2005.

Luigi Piovano, principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra of National Academy of St. Cecilia, has been enjoying a constantly growing international recognition both as a cellist and as a conductor. He first attracted attention on the international music circuit after his participation in the Pollini Project, which brought forth a highly successful debut at the Salzburg Festival, as well as performances in Tokyo, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Rome. He has performed as soloist under the batons of Boreyko, Chung, Menuhin and Pletnev among others and in chamber music concerts with artists as Bilson, Chung, Kavakos, Sawallisch, Sitkovetsky and Antonio Pappano, with whom has been regularly performing in duo since 2007. Mr. Piovano’s musical education began under the tutelage of his father. By age seventeen, after finishing his studies with Radu Aldulescu, he went on to studying at the International Menuhin Academy in Switzerland and the European Conservatoire in Paris. Mr. Piovano plays an Alessandro Gagliano dated 1710.

Bernadene Blaha’s “brilliant command of the piano”, whether featured as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician, has been heralded in performances throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Mexico. Recent highlights include performances with Netherlands’Amati Ensemble at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; and Schloss Mirabel, Salzburg. A highly regarded chamber musician, Ms. Blaha has appeared at The Newport Festival, Tucson Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Bard Festival, Australia Festival of Chamber Music, Banff Festival of the Arts, and Festival de San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Originally from Canada, Ms. Blaha first came to international attention as a prizewinner in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition; the Young Keyboard Artists International Piano Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Masterplayers International Competition, Lugano, Switzerland; and the 11th Annual International Piano Competition, New York City. This latter award resulted in two highly acclaimed recital appearances, at Carnegie Recital Hall and the Lincoln Center Library. Soon afterward, Ms. Blaha was featured in the opening orchestra concert and a solo recital at the XXIX International Chopin Festival in Marianske Lazne, Czechoslovakia, followed by solo recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and in London, England. Ms. Blaha currently resides in Los Angeles, and since 1993 has been a member of the Keyboard Faculty at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California where she is an Associate Professor.

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