Currently Artists-in-Residence at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, the Atlas Trio is rapidly gaining recognition as an upcoming ensemble of the finest quality. Comprised of students and alumni of the Indiana University School of Music and the Juilliard School, the trio has been performing together since 2002.
The ensemble’s formation followed from a series of collaborative pairings. Violinist Sarah Kapustin and cellist Jonathan Ruck have been chamber music partners since an early age, performing in the Dubinsky Quartet formed in Milwaukee in 1995. With pianist Chris Lysack, Sarah formed a successful violin-piano duo while a student at Indiana University. The ensemble has benefited from the instruction of many distinguished musicians, including Janos Starker, André Watts, Mauricio Fuks, Luba Edlina-Dubinsky, Edward Auer, and Emilio Colón. The Atlas Trio is committed to the study and performance of new and rare works, recently recording University of British Columbia composer Dorothy Chang’s The Light Fantastic. Recent performances include recitals in Milwaukee and Vancouver, and a performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra. The Atlas Piano Trio’s 2005-2006 calendar sees them in recital in Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina, and their New York City debut.
Sarah Kapustin, violin
Sarah Kapustin recently completed her Masters degree in violin performance at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann. She previously received a Bachelor of Music and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University as a pupil of Mauricio Fuks. Born in 1981 in Milwaukee, WI, she has been studying the violin since the age of four. Prizewinner in many competitions, Sarah has performed with such orchestras as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Philharmonic, Orquesta del Festival at Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City, the Pasadena Symphony, and most recently, the Camerata Orchestra of Bloomington. An avid chamber musician, Sarah participated in the Festival de la Musique de Chambre en Normandie in France during the autumns of 2003 through 2005, where she performed with such artists as Claude Frank, Joseph Silverstein, Barbara Westphal, Michel Strauss and Vladimir Mendelssohn. She has also performed at the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, in Boston with the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble, the Marlboro Music Festival and in several concerts with faculty at Indiana University. In 1999 she competed in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Dubinsky Quartet. The quartet, formed in 1995, also garnered prizes at the Fischoff and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions. Sarah also enjoys teaching, and during the 2002-2003 school year she was a faculty member of the Indiana University String Academy in Bloomington, IN.
Chris Lysack, piano
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Chris Lysack is currently a student at Indiana University, where he has previously received undergraduate degrees in Piano, Voice and French and a Masters of Music in Piano. While in Bloomington, his teachers have included Evelyne Brancart, Edward Auer, and most recently, André Watts. The first pianist at IU to receive the Dean’s Fellowship, Chris has also been honored with several scholarships and academic distinctions. His performance activities over the last few seasons have included appearances with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and premieres of over 15 new works ranging from solo piano with tape to orchestral. The 2004-2005 season saw him as the featured soloist of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Amherst, Massachussetts and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Chris is also an accomplished martial artist, holding black belts in three disciplines. He has been privileged and honored to have held teaching positions in the martial arts through the Indiana University Physical Education program, in music at Indiana University and Hampden-Sydney College, and in French at Indiana University and in Brittany, France. Future plans include completing his D.M. (Piano) and Ph.D. in French Literature and pursuing post-doctoral studies in Europe.
Jonathan Ruck, cello
Jonathan Ruck is a doctoral student at Indiana University, where he currently serves as teaching assistant to Professor Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. For the previous two academic years, he was the teaching assistant of Distinguished Professor Janos Starker. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin to a family of musicians, Jonathan began his studies on the violin at the age of three. Later switching to the cello, his early teachers included Suzanne Hayworth and Scott Tisdel, assistant principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony. Jonathan received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the IU School of Music, studying with Professors Tsutsumi and Starker. While at Indiana University, he has twice been awarded the Kuttner String Quartet Fellowship, served as principal cellist of the IU Philharmonic Orchestra, and won the school’s cello competition. An active chamber musician, Jonathan has had the privilege of collaborating with such musicians as Rostislav and Luba Dubinsky, James Campbell, Corey Cerovsek, and Edmund Battersby. As a member of the Dubinsky Quartet from 1995 to 2000, he was a prizewinner in the Fischoff and Coleman competitions, as well as a participant in the 1999 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Jonathan is currently principal cellist of the Richmond, Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and will be featured in the upcoming debut CD release of ICE (Indiana Cello Ensemble). He was recently appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at DePauw University.