The Zodiac Trio (Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin; Riko Higuma, piano) enjoys an international concert schedule that consistently spans three continents and is recognized by many to be the foremost clarinet - violin - piano ensembles performing today.
In its relatively short history the ensemble formed in 2006 at Manhattan School of Music before becoming the first American group and the only ensemble with a wind instrument to enter the esteemed Ysaye Quartet Chamber Music program at the Paris Superior Conservatory the Zodiac Trio has managed to achieve a level of recognition on the international chamber music stage, rarely bestowed upon an ensemble of such untraditional instrumentation.
The Zodiac Trio’s extensive touring schedule has brought it to many premiere international venues such as Ottawa Chamberfest, Festival Radio France Montpellier, International Colmar Festival, Beijing Performing Arts Center, Izumi Hall in Japan, Lincoln Center in New York; Four Seasons Performing Arts Center in Toronto; to name just a few. Its performances have been broadcast by France 3 Television, Radio Classique, Beijing’s CCTV News, Canada’s CBC Radio and Television, NBC, New York’s WXQR and WNYC, Chicago’s WFMT, Boston's WGBH’s, Italy's RAI, 3 Radio France in Paris, among many other. Boasting a consistently international touring schedule, the Zodiac Trio has performed throughout Canada, United States, Japan, Europe and most of China’s main cultural metropolises, having given three extensive tours of the country in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
The ensemble has been critically praised for its “impeccable technique” (Fanfare Magazine), "remarkable musicality of rare intensity" (La Tribune, France), “seemingly effortless ease” (San Angelo Standard Times), “truly exceptional and sublime talent,” (Nice Matin, France); and declared by the French newspaper La Marseillaise as “one the best chamber ensembles of its generation...” In addition to performing, the ensemble is often invited to present masterclasses and clinics at such institutions as Manhattan School of Music, Amherst College, Tufts University, University of Missouri, Western Michigan University, Colorado College, Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Western State
College of Colorado, Southeastern University of OK, Lonestar College Montgomery, China Conservatory of Beijing, and many others. Notably, in 2013, the Zodiac Trio collaborated with esteemed, Grammy- award winning composer Richard Danielpour on a new work written for and commissioned by the ensemble.
The Zodiac Trio was originally formed in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of renowned clarinetist David Krakauer and violinist Isodore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio. Shortly after, the Zodiac Trio was first brought to the attention of the international chamber music scene in a feature by the London- based international MUSO magazine, praising the Trio for “bringing a rare combination of instruments into the spotlight by unearthing old repertoire and commissioning new music.” During its early years as apprentice of the Ysaÿe Quartet at the Paris Conservatory, the trio made its mark on the international competition circuit, garnering multiple prizes in the U.S. and Europe.