On April 13th 2024, Bowery Trio will perform works by Joshua Nichols (World Premiere), Daniel Asia, and Robert Muczynski at the University of Arizona, Holsclaw Hall @ 7pm. Bowery Trio is delighted to perform this concert which features the works of renowned UA School of Music composers spanning three generations. Please join us for an evening of fantastic music and artistic heritage! Tickets are $10.”
Formed in 2019, Bowery Trio has quickly established itself as a rising star in both contemporary and classical chamber music. Their diverse repertoire includes canonical works, newly unearthed and underperformed works, as well as an expanding selection of personal commissions. Comprised of Mark Allen Jr. (clarinet), Esther Seitz (cello), and Allison Wang (piano), the ensemble has performed across the U.S., including in New York City (where the trio formed), Chicago, Detroit, and South Texas. The ensemble recently made its international debut with the Cosmopolite Music Project at the invitation of the Uuden Musiikin Lokakuu festival in Oulu, Finland. This ongoing project seeks to explore contemporary classical scenes throughout the world, prompting cross-cultural learning and dialogue through music. Additionally, Bowery Trio has been named an Ensemble in Residence at 2B&2C in New York City. 2B&2C: The Ken Cro-Ken Memorial Foundation cultivates and nurtures a thriving creative community engaged in interdisciplinary collaboration, experiential learning, and environmental activism through visual arts, music, and dance.
The members of Bowery Trio are laureates of the Paris International Music Competition, the Cremona International Music Academy Competition, the American Protégé competition, and the Sphinx Orchestral Partners Auditions Excerpt Competition. They have performed globally at venues such Carnegie Hall, Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall, Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium in Italy, and the Wenshui Arts and Cultural Center in Taiwan.
As an ethnically and culturally diverse ensemble, Bowery Trio strongly believes that classical and contemporary music should be as diverse as the communities we inhabit. The ensemble has made a mission to focus on uplifting composers from various backgrounds through performance and education. In their most recent project, the ensemble produced a three-part Digital Residency with Chamber Music America featuring lecture recitals that programmed works by African-American, Latin-American, and Asian-American composers. Additionally, the trio compiled and distributed materials to viewers to connect budding student musicians with local and national organizations that provide instruments, lessons, and other resources at little to no cost.
Since its inception, the trio has been generously supported by Chamber Music America, the New York Community Trust, Sibelius Foundation, Finlandia Foundation National, and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Bowery Trio is grateful for the contributions of these organizations.
Cellist Esther Seitz was brought up in a musical home and fell in love with the cello at the age of 8. Based in Dallas, Texas, Esther holds a section cello position with the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Previously, she was a Rosemary and David Good Fellow with the Minnesota Orchestra. Esther has performed with ensembles such as the Kansas City Symphony, the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Sphinx Symphony, and the National Repertory Orchestra, among others. Her performance career has taken her to both national and international venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, Orchestra Hall, Teatro de la Reforma (Matamoros, Mexico), Tulindberg Hall (Oulu, Finland), and Balderin Sali (Helsinki, Finland).
A passionate chamber musician, Esther is a co-founder of Bowery Trio which was formed in 2019. In October 2022, Bowery Trio made their international debut at the invitation of the Uuden Musiikin Lokakuu festival in Oulu, Finland. The Trio has been awarded multiple grants to support their projects–supporting organizations include Chamber Music America, the New York Community Trust, and Finlandia Foundation National. Apart from her Trio, Esther has also performed chamber music as part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s chamber concert series, the Downtown Brooklyn Chamber Music Festival, newEar Contemporary Music Ensemble, and University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley’s Patron of the Arts concert series.
In addition to performance, Esther also enjoys a vibrant teaching career. She currently maintains a private studio in the Dallas area and serves as adjunct cello faculty at Dallas College’s North Lake Campus. She was a teaching assistant to Julia Lichten at the Meadowmount School of Music in 2019, and since then has been invited to give lectures and serve as a faculty member for programs such as the International Cello Institute, BridgeMusik, Music Academy of Kansas City, and IDEA Academy.
Esther is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (MM Classical Cello) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (BM Cello Performance). She served as principal cellist for the MSM Symphony Orchestra, the UMKC Symphony Orchestra, and the UMKC Opera Orchestra. Her major teachers include Julia Lichten, Michael Mermagen, Mark Gibbs, and Carter Enyeart. Esther has also worked alongside artists such as Lynn Harrell, Hans Jørgen Jensen, David Geber, and Josephine Knight through chamber coachings, festivals, and masterclasses.
When Esther is not playing cello, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and eating great food, being around animals, and traveling.
Born in Taiwan, Allison Wang is a professional pianist who’s won numerous awards and honors including: Silver Prize Winners of Paris Music Competition 2019, 1st Prize Winners of American Protege International Competition 2018, chosen participant for Gilmore Keyboard Festival 2018, first prize winner of Cremona International Music Academy String & Piano Competition, winner of the 2017 American Opera Society of Chicago Scholarship, winner of the 2016 Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarships. Allison has performed internationally including Carnegie Hall in NYC, Chicago, Finland, Italy, Austria and Taiwan. As a collaborative pianist, she is the co-founder of Bowery Trio and the W. 4th Duo, a staff repetiteur at AIMS intensive summer program in Graz, Austria, collaborative pianist at MSU-Denver, pianist at Loveland Opera Theatre. Equally recognized as a teacher, she is on the piano faculty at MSU-Denver and the founder of Fun with Keys Piano Studio in Boulder, CO. She advocates for the importance of music education in all levels of schools through her passion and expertise on the subject. Allison has studied with Inesa Sinkevych, Ludmila Lazar, Yi-Fang Chiang, and Judith Jaimes. She received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education at Roosevelt University- Chicago College of Performing Arts, and her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at Manhattan School of Music.
Featured in the Creative Classical Concert Managements “Rising Artist” Series.” and described by Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute as “an excellent Clarinetist”, Mark Allen Jr has been a prize winner in the American Prize, American Protégé and Paris Music competitions. He gave his Carnegie Hall debut recital in March of 2020.
Mark Allen Jr. holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Roosevelt University and a Master’s degree in music performance at New York University.
Mark can be heard on the soundtracks to the Uber documentary “Uber Presents” and the Amazon film “Passover”. Both directed by Spike Lee. He has performed alongside members of the New York Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, United States Army Band, Iris Orchestra among others. As a chamber musician, he has performed internationally alongside his trio the Bowery Trio and recorded with the Talea Ensemble.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, clarinetist Mark Allen Jr. began his clarinet studies in 2009 with Trayon Hall. In 2011 he was accepted into the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program. While in the program, he studied with Bass clarinetist of the Atlanta Symphony, Alcides Rodriguez.
Mark has performed in numerous venues, such as the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Sydney Harman Hall, Symphony Center in Chicago, Harris Theater, the Auditorium Theatre, Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Ganz Hall, Symphony Hall in Atlanta and the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.
Mark regularly performs with the Colour of Music Orchestra, Soulful Symphony, and has been seen in concert alongside artist such as Lucky Daye, Earth Wind and Fire, Billy Porter and Twinkie Clark. In 2020 Mark was scheduled to go on tour throughout London, Canada and the US with the Chineke! Orchestra (Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
Mark was accepted as the first Clarinet Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta, where he studied with Leslie Grimm. He has performed in masterclasses with Franklin Cohen, Michele Zukovsky, Mark Dover, Tod Palmer, Charlene Zimmerman and has studied with Alcides Rodriguez, John Bruce Yeh, Trayon Hall, Pavel Vinnitsky, Pascual Martinez-Forteza and Dr. Robyn Jones.
Currently, Mark is a member of the United States Air Force Band of the West.