Trio 826

TRIO 826

Susanna Klein, violin
Julia Bullard, viola
Hannah Holman, cello


Trio 826 was created in 2011 by three friends to explore ideas for innovation in the performance of classical music new and old. The members of the trio have vast experience as orchestral and chamber musicians, soloists, and educators. Our mission with this ensemble is to reach new audiences and explore ways to bring classical music to life, through performing new and standard repertoire works in a variety of venues, from formal concerts to performances in intimate, informal, and unusual settings. We are also committed to expanding the repertoire for string trio through the commission and performance of new works. In 2012, Trio 826 commissioned a work entitled "Soneando" by UNI Faculty Composer Robert Washut, and in 2015 we commissioned "Holidaze" by UNI faculty composer Rebecca Burkhardt. Both works have been released on our new CD, Mosaic (May 2016), and we look forward to premiering more such new and exciting works in future seasons.

SUSANNA KLEIN is associate professor of violin and coordinator of strings at Virginia Commonwealth University. She served as principal second violin of the Richmond Symphony for five years. Previous orchestral appointments have been with the Colorado, Memphis, Vermont and Rhode Island Symphony Orchestras. She has also been a member of two string quartets – Artist in Residence with the Oberon String Quartet at St. Catherine’s School in Richmand, VA, and violist with the Seneca String Quartet in Boston, MA. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Music degree from Boston University, where she served as assistant to the legendary violinist Roman Totenberg. She has performed in music festivals worldwide, including Tanglewood, Spoleto (Italy), Shira Festival (Israel), Kneisel Hall, ME and Scotia Festival (Canada).

JULIA BULLARD is professor of viola and Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Iowa. She is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer both in the US and abroad. Recent solo and chamber engagements include performances in Russia, Central and South America, France, and across the US. In November of 2015 she performed as soloist with the Bogotá Chamber Orchestra. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia and the DMA degree from the University of Georgia. Her teachers included Joseph dePasquale, Emanuel Vardi, Sidney Curtiss, Mark Cedel, and Levon Ambartsumian. Prior to joining the UNI faculty she taught at the University of Georgia's Pre-College Program, Settlement Music School (Philadelphia), and Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division. She has performed with various orchestras, including the Greenville (SC), Trenton (NJ), South Jersey, Macon (GA), Schenectady (NY), and Utica (NY) symphonies, as well as at several summer festivals including the Madeline Island Music Camp, Luzerne Music Center, Ash Lawn-Highland Opera Festival, and the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival.

HANNAH HOLMAN began her professional career in England, playing with the English String Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle. An active chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Beaumont Piano Trio, which performed recitals around the United States and England, and was also founded Quadrivinium, a music ensemble in residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. For eight years she was been a member of the Maia Quartet, in residence at the University of Iowa. She currently performs as cellist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, and also serves as principal cellist of the Quad Cities Symphony. Hannah has an active solo career, performing solo recitals and with orchestras in Michigan, Virginia, Georgia and Iowa. Ms. Holman has also served on faculties of the Worcester College (UK), Michigan State University Community School and Virginia Union University. In her orchestral career, she has been assistant principal cellist of the Richmond Symphony, the Michigan Chamber Orchestra, the American Sinfonietta and performed with the Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra. She studied at the Eastman School of Music and Michigan State University, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree and obtained her Master of Music Degree with Fritz Magg at the New England Conservatory.