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Faculty members, local musician release CD as Trio Fedele

Trio Fedele, an ensemble composed of David Fedele, assistant professor of flute; Robert Koenig, associate professor of piano; and local cellist Matthew Herren, recently released a CD featuring the works of American composer Lowell Liebermann.

The group, along with a Grammy-nominated pianist, released the disc on Artek Records. The release features the world premiere performances of Trios Op. 83 and 87. The piece Op. 87 was commissioned by Trio Fedele with the support of the KU Center for Research, the Department of Music and Dance, the New Faculty General Research Fund at KU and the Hiebert Fund.

Information about the artists:

Robert Koenig, associate professor of piano. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Koenig began his formal training at the Vancouver Academy of Music and later studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Academie Musicale di Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in accompanying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Koenig has recorded for the Artek, Ambassador, Biddulph, Cedille, CRI, Decca, Eroica and Naxos labels. His most recent CD of transcriptions for viola and piano by William Primrose was released in June on Naxos with violist Roberto Diaz and was nominated for a Grammy.

David Fedele, assistant professor of flute. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Fedele is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. Fedele has served on the faculty of Columbia University, Franklin and Marshall College and the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. He is affiliated with Astral Artistic Services of Philadelphia and is the recent recipient of a grant from the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia. Fedele has been featured on a variety of releases in his career.

His recorded output includes the Koch International Classics recording of Charles Wuorinen's "New York Notes" and a recording of the works of Oliver Knussen for Virgin Classics. Fedele can also be heard on "Christmas with Paul Plishka" on Naxos Records and the Grammy-nominated "Joining Hearts and Voices," with the Holy Trinity Bach Choir on Augsburg Fortress Records.

Matthew Herren, cellist. Herrenhas a bachelor's and master's from the Juilliard School and he performs with the Chamber Music Society of Kansas City, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and American Composers Orchestra in New York. Herren also freelances in Kansas City and New York City. He resides in Lawrence.

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