Specialist Chamber Music Publishing For Piano, Voice and Solo Obbligato
KROMA Editions is the music publishing arm of TrioKROMA who aim to bring the glorious repertoire for Piano, Voice & Obbligato Instruments (eg. Clarinet, Cello & Violin) to the world!
A NOTE FROM KROMA EDITION’S Director – Elena Xanthoudakis
For a number of years, I have been collecting repertoire and researching a very interesting project – finding lost treasures of the Romantic period for Piano, Voice and Clarinet. This project is a real labour of love, which started with performing the obvious and popular favourite, Schubert’s ’Shepherd on the Rock’ when I was still a High-school. However, in looking for other repertoire, I discovered there were limited choices available in sheet music in this combination, to play at the time – and almost all the other pieces in the genre, besides The Shepherd and the Rock, and Spohr’s 6 German Folk Songs, are rarely heard in concert halls.
I have been lucky to have discovered an absolutely charming selection of unknown gems, all of which deserve greater exposure and are a delightful example of where Art song meets the Salon music of the German Romantic tradition.
To bring these pieces to life we formed TrioKROMA, comprising myself, my brother, Clarinetist Jason Xanthoudakis, who has played frequently for Australian orchestras in addition to having a solo career and concert pianist, Clemens Leske, who studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York and lectures at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Clemens Leske has played as a soloist for all the national Australian orchestras as well as in London and is a frequent recital partner for Jason.
It was my desire to bring a selection of these rare works I had discovered for Piano, Voice and Clarinet to the widest possible audience and allow these deserving works, to be heard again – this is why I decided we should record them. (This recording is available on MOVE Records in Australia and on Signum Records (Internationally)) Some of the works themselves were published with parts for Violin and some for Cello, so we have released those parts also, in fact as was common at the time, to use whatever appropriate obbligato instrument was to hand – we are planning to release various transpositions also.
It is important to note that 3 of these pieces featured on our CD (‘The Shepherd and the Mermaid’, ‘The Captive Nightingale’ and ‘Er, der Herrlichste von allen’) were recorded for the first time, while seven of the works had only been recorded once before.
To help encourage more people to play the glorious repertoire for voice, piano and clarinet, TrioKROMA formed KROMAEditions, so these rare pieces can be heard, purchased and taken home to inspire you and your group to perform these newly discovered works yourselves. We aim to have these works performed in Studios, Colleges and Concerts Halls around the world!
So far, we have released the 4 rarest works of previously unavailable sheet music ( in Hardcopy and download) and will endeavour to release a number of my discoveries of the next few years…. (Please join our Newsletter HERE for updates and NEWS)
Here’s to enjoying the music!
Elena Xanthoudakis – Director, Editor and Soprano
Elena Xanthoudakis holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours and Graduate Diploma of Opera from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from the University of Melbourne. On scholarship at the GSMD, London, she received her MMus with distinction in 2005. Elena also studied as part of a young artist programme at the Maggio Musicale (Florence) and at ENO.
Elena Xanthoudakis and TrioKROMA
Elena won first prizes in the Maria Callas International Grand Prix 2003 (Oratorio- Lied), Salzburg International Mozart Competition 2006, Adam Didur Opera Singers’ Competition 2008 and placed 3rd in Jeunesse Musicales – Voix Competition in Montreal and Placido Domingo’s ‘Operalia’ 2008. She is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Artist.
Elena’s concert engagements include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle(Montreal) and Stabat Mater, Bach’s Missa Brevis, B Minor Mass, St.John Passion, St.Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio & several cantatas, Fauré Requiem, Handel Messiah and Jeptha, Mozart Requiem and Vivaldi and Poulenc’s Gloria, touring a programme of Mozart arias with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate (St Petersburg Camerata) and performing Mozart Concert Arias at Salzburg’s prestigious ‘Mozart Woche’. She has also sung with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age Of Enlightenment, St Petersburg Camerata, Krakow and Poznan Philharmonia Orchestras.
In concert and recital, Elena has performed in Tokyo, Hong-Kong, Wiesbaden, Montreal, Quebec-City, Salt-Lake City and throughout Australia, UK, Ireland, and Italy. Elena also sang in concert performances as Jemmy Guillaume Tell at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome 2010, 2013 and at the BBC Proms 2011.
Operatic roles: Lisa and Amina La Sonnambula, Frasquita Carmen, Matilde (cover) Matilde di Shabran, Clorinda La Cenerentola. (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Kristina The Makropulos Case, Miss Schlesen Satyagraha, Pamina Magic Flute, Frasquita (ENO); Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor (Opéra de Québec), Adina L’elisir d’amore (Scottish Opera; Victorian Opera); Blonde Seraglio (Opera North), Xenia Boris Godunov (Strasbourg); Contessa di Folleville Il viaggio a Reims (Maggio Musicale, Florence), Euridice & Genio L’anima del Filosofo (Pinchgut – Sydney) Other roles include Leila The Pearl Fishers, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Anne Truelove The Rake’s Progress, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Ismene Mitridate, Constance Carmelites and Dalinda Ariodante.
Recordings include: Frasquita Carmen (ROH – Decca DVD and ROH – 3D Real D cinema and DVD release), Krista The Makropulos Case (ENO – Chandos CD), Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra – ABC Classics CD), Jemmy Guillaume Tell (Accademia di Santa Cecilia – EMI CD), Euridice & Genio L’anima del filosofo (Pinchgut Live CD), TrioKROMA ‘The Shepherd and the Mermaid’ (Move), Jewels of the Bel Canto (Signum Records) and The Captive Nightingale (Signum Records)
Making of the ‘Jewels of the Bel Canto’ video: View Here
Jason Xanthoudakis – Co-Editor & arranger, Clarinetist and Saxophonist.
Jason studied Saxophone and Clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium where he was awarded his BMus and a Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) and at the University of Melbourne where he gained his Master of Music. He has also studied in Paris, Amsterdam and London. Jason has won 3MBS Performer of the Year Award as well as many prizes in Eisteddfodau and concerto competitions as well as being a laureate at the Gisborne International Music Competition.
Jason has a busy performance schedule including performances with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as frequent solo recitals and concerto appearances with orchestras and wind ensembles in Australia.
Jason has performed for several live broadcasts on Australian radio and has recorded for ABC Classic FM and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has written articles for various woodwind Magazines, including the Australian Clarinet and Saxophone magazine, has conducted masterclasses throughout Australia and Asia. He has arranged/transcribed more than 50 works for Saxophone and Clarinet and is very active in the field of Contemporary Music, encouraging composers to write music for Saxophone and Clarinet and over 20 works have been dedicated to him.
Review of our CD – The Captive Nightingale on BBC RAdio 3 – excepted.