Trio Klaritas was formed in 2009 at Boston University, where the original members were all doctoral candidates at the university’s College of Fine Arts. Their acclaimed debut performance featured Messiaen’s daunting Quartet for the End of Time, and since then, Trio Klaritas has continued to firmly establish themselves in Boston’s thriving chamber music scene through consistently engaging performances of diverse piano trio repertoire. In addition to their frequent appearances on concert series throughout New England, Trio Klaritas embarked on a 2010 concert tour of South Korea, where they performed at the National War Museum, Mozart Hall and Kangwon National University.
The ensemble has also performed on the faculty recital series at the Tangelwood Institute, and their recent performance in a multi-media celebration of art, music and dance in New York City (Dancer in Moco Moco) has been released commercially on dvd and online. Trio Klaritas is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Dedham School of Music, where they perform a series of concerts annually at various venues in Metro South Boston.
Karl Ørvik resides in Boston, MA, where he enjoys an active career as both a performer and teacher. He has appeared in recitals throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Norway and South Korea. A violinist with both the Boston Public Quartet and Trio Klaritas, he has also performed as a concerto soloist, concertmaster and section player with numerous orchestral ensembles. Mr. Ørvik is a dedicated teacher who works easily with students of all ages and abilities. Currently a faculty member at the Community Music Center of Boston and the Dedham School of Music, he teaches in the summers at Point Counterpoint in Vermont and the “Youth and Muse” festival in Boston. He has previously held teaching positions at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Alverno College, and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (Alaska), and has served as the Director of the Milwaukee Center for Strings and string department chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. In demand as a clinician and adjudicator, he has been published in the ASTA Journal, and is the author of New Scale Method, an innovative method book for advanced violinists. A native of Canada, Mr. Ørvik has studied with many distinguished violinists and chamber musicians, including Roman Totenberg, Stephen Majeske and Calvin Wiersma, and members of the Muir, Cleveland, Cavani and Fine Arts string quartets. He holds performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Lawrence University, and in January of 2012 he received his DMA from Boston University.
Gracie Keith began playing the cello at the age of five. After her graduation from the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX, she attended Baylor University, where she studied with Dr. Gary Hardie and received a Bachelor of Music in cello performance. While at Baylor, Gracie was a member of the Waco Symphony and taught at the Central Texas String Academy. Moving to Boston, MA to study with Michael Reynolds at Boston University, she has completed a Master of Music Performance degree, and is now pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree. As a thoughtful educator, Gracie has taken opportunities to teach at both the beginner and collegiate level. While maintaining a private studio of young musicians, she also provides cello instruction for the Brookline School District in Brookline, MA and holds a teaching assistantship at Boston University. In 2012, Gracie joined Music Education for Social Development Agency (MESDA) in traveling to the Dominican Republic to teach a week-long orchestra intensive seminar open to Haitian and Dominican students with a goal of making great music and using that as a way to bridge two cultures with a very current history of conflict. Past performance engagements include guest artist performances at the Garth Newel Music Center, and a highlighted performance in the Keyword Initiative concert series hosted by the Boston University College of Fine Arts, where she performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with the foremost Messiaen scholar Peter Hill.
Baekyu Kim, piano, was acclaimed by the Journal News as “a promising pianist”, and in 2002 he received the honor of “Young Artist” for solo piano from the Korean Music Journal. After he won the “Special Presentation Award” from the Artists International Competition in 2008, he made his successful debut at Carnegie hall in 2009, performing the world premiere of “Lutine” by American composer Richard Cornell. Since then, he has been invited to give solo and chamber recitals at numerous festivals throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2008, Dr. Kim also won the Honors Competition at Boston University. Dr. Kim earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Chung-ang University, and he continued his studies in France at the Ecole Normal de Musique de Paris, where he studied with Micael Wladkowski. While in Paris, he also studied composition at the Berlioz Conservatoire. He later earned the diploma, diploma superieur and the perfectionnement diploma from the Conservatoire National de Versailles, studying with Edda Erlendsdottir. Relocating to the United States, Dr. Kim earned his Master’s Degree at SUNY-Purchase, studying with Stephanie Brown. In 2013, Dr. Kim finished his Doctoral Degree with Maria Clodes and Gila Goldstein at Boston University.