It all started when…
The Humboldt Streichtrio members first met 20 years ago, as Juilliard School students, then members of two different string quartets, Artemis and Avalon. Until and including now, all three have lived quite colourful lives. The San Diego Reader characterized Anthea Kreston’s talent as “…Heifetz- Shaham-Vengerov caliber, whose musical instincts could make even a mere bagatelle thrill the soul and stir the senses to a frenzy”. Anthea was a member of the Artemis Quartet and plays on a 1710 Testore violin on generous loan from Merito String Instruments Trust. Volker Jacobsen had been a co-founder of the Artemis Quartet and their violist for 18 years. Today he is enriching various chamber music ensembles with his mastery, and he is a dedicated teacher. The third trio member is cellist Jason Duckles whose rich and subtle sound has been a backbone of major international ensembles, e.g. of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project.
As a string trio, they are now venturing on new grounds,building on their common musical past: they all were ARD music competition laureates, and had studied with the Lasalle, Juilliard and Emerson quartets. Three individual voices of a common musical language are vigorously joining into a passionate, touching, and characteristic sound.