“…alert and energetic account of Haydn … The effect was rollicking... Ivanov contributed an especially expressive tone in Rachmaninoff’s early, one movement Trio Elegiaque in G minor, whose patterns were always treated affectionately by all. …a reading of unusual interest [Dvorak, “Dumky” Trio]... Unlike the rather generic treatment that this work often receives, this performance underscored the disjunctive elements of dumka’s unique form, highlighting the individual character of each succeeding section. Ivanov’s burnished cello tone contrasted rather sharply with Popov’s very bright violin. … the premiere of Fanfare for Obama [by Roumi Petrova],a brief celebratory scherzo that concludes with allusions to The Star-Spangled Banner – nice topical inclusion and expertly played.”
Dennis Rooney

“The performers, who have received numerous accolades individually, communicate a natural rapport and polish, which will undoubtedly grow through their upcoming tours. From the opening phrases of Haydn’s Trio in D, Hob. XV:16, the musicians exuded intensity, with bracing tempo and spirit. The performance [Rachmaninoff’s Trio Élégiaque in G Minor] was again impassioned and unified, with each instrument shining individually. Bulgarian composer Roumi Petrova had her Trio in C Minor, “Eastern Connection,” performed next. Filled with evocations of folk music (and the occasional Bachian strain), its playful accentuations and dance-like energy brought to mind Bartok’s folk inspired music. It was performed with gusto. Petrova’s “Fanfare for Obama,” expressing the composer’s excitement for the new U.S. President in a somewhat Coplandesque voice. The work incorporated American melody and optimism and was played with vigor. Dvorák’s “Dumky” Trio in E Minor, Op. 90 finished the concert on a high, including some hauntingly beautiful playing from the strings. An encore of Haydn’s famous “Gypsy Rondo” capped off a fine evening.”

Rorianne Schrade
New York Concert Review



The New York Empire Trio Plays Haydn, Rachmaninov, Petrova, and Dvorák
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall


 “…crisp musicality and refined style … tightly synchronized and beautifully blended trio of artists. This Trio has an organic energy that flows through its presentation.” 
“Roumi Petrova’s Fanfare for Obama was premiered after intermission … an image of morning sunshine and spiritual joy. … the work was ornamented with flourishes and fanfare.”

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
(New York)