Founded in 2015 at Michigan State University, Círculo Trio has presented concerts across North America and Asia, specializing in 20th/21st-century repertoire. Eager to explore the possibilities provided by the unique combination of the violin, clarinet, and piano, the trio takes a balanced approach to programming, showcasing newer and/or rarely performed pieces alongside standard repertoire. The trio made its first international appearance as guest artist in the 12th Thailand International Composition Festival, where they have since become regular performers. Passionate about re-imagining the classical music concert as a more engaging experience, the trio commissioned an interdisciplinary musical-dramatic work in honor of Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary during their 2016-2017 season, in collaboration with composer Ruth Chan, librettist Sandra Logan, and actor Tommy Gomez. The work, The Triumph of Time for trio and actor, was given a performance tour in Michigan and presented in the Shakespearean Theatre Conference in Stratford, Ontario. In September 2017, the trio made their debut in China touring the cities of Guiyang, Hanzhou, and Shanghai, presenting their signature eclectic program of avant-garde music paired with more familiar works.
Círculo Trio was awarded 2nd prize in the 2016 Salut International Performing Arts Competition, and was a semifinalist in the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. They have received scholarships from the Running Start Competition and the Verdehr Trio Endowment. The members of the trio are on the faculty of Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (Thailand), Zhaoqing University (China), and Central Michigan University (USA).
The Members of Círculo Trio
A native of Guiyang, China, pianist Zhao Wang has collaborated with members from major orchestras including Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, and performed in concerts and recordings with faculties from the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, Peabody Institute, Boston University, Michigan State University, to name a few. Ms. Wang has been invited frequently to perform as a soloist and chamber musician throughout cities in Europe, North America, and Asia. She also participated in master classes by Leon Fleisher, Russell Sherman, Malcolm Bilson, Barry Douglas, Bernd Goetzke, John Perry, Fou Tsong, and many respected teachers and musicians. Ms. Wang attended Shanghai Conservatory and received bachelor’s and graduate degrees and a diploma from Eastman School of Music, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins, and Michigan State University. Currently she is on faculty at Central Michigan University School of Music.
Newly appointed as associate professor of clarinet at Zhaoqing University College of Music in China, Tanyawat Dilokkunanant is an active performer who has given performances worldwide, including the United States, China, Japan, Spain, Canada, and his native Thailand. He can be heard on the recording of Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble as the principal clarinetist of the Michigan State University Wind Symphony under the direction of Kevin Sedatole. As an orchestral player, Tanyawat has held the principal clarinet position of the Siam Philharmonic Orchestra under the Opera Siam Foundation, Indiana University Chamber Orchestra, and Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, and has performed frequently as a guest with the West Michigan Symphony, Adrian Symphony, as well as the Royal Bangkok Symphony. He recently toured with Australian International Productions to perform Verdi’s Aida in 23 cities across China. Tanyawat has worked with many living composers and is a regular performer in the Thailand International Composition Festival. An enthusiastic pedagogue, he has been invited to give masterclasses at Zhaoqing University, Kasetsart University, and Silpakorn University. He has also been a guest presenter at the Young Artist Music Program of Mahidol University, and Dontreetip on CU radio. Tanyawat holds degrees from Michigan State University, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and Chulalongkorn University. His major teachers include Guy Yehuda, James Campbell, and Yos Vaneesorn. Outside of music, Tanyawat enjoys exploring restaurants, cooking, roasting and brewing coffee, and watching Netflix.
Korean-American violinist Hayne Kim has performed as soloist and chamber musician on a diverse variety of stages around the world. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 16, and has had solo appearances with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra in her native Michigan and the Tusciafestival Orchestra in Viterbo, Italy. Sought after as an ensemble player, she has given performances in some of New York City’s most beloved halls, such as Merkin Hall (Lincoln Center) and Stern Auditorium, as a guest artist with the Shattered Glass Ensemble and as a member of the International Chamber Soloists under the direction of violinist Dmitri Berlinsky. An ardent supporter of contemporary music, she takes a special interest in collaborating with living composers, and continues to be actively involved in premiering new works and participating in interdisciplinary performance projects. Hayne holds degrees from Michigan State University and Manhattan School of Music, where she was the recipient of the Vice President's Award. She was trained under both the Galamian and Russian traditions of violin pedagogy by her teachers Lyman Bodman, Grigory Kalinovsky, and Dmitri Berlinsky. She is currently on the faculty of Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music in Bangkok, Thailand.