Rountree Ensemble is a group of professional instrumentalists working in the region of southwestern Wisconsin. The core of the ensemble is comprised of the music faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UWP) and is the ensemble-in-residence at the university. John Marco, artistic director and clarinettist of the ensemble, founded the group in 2002, one year after he moved from New York City to Wisconsin in order take a faculty position at UWP. In each of its seasons, the group has offered a wide variety of programs, covering a broad range of the chamber music repertoire, from Baroque to contemporary.
The ensemble has commissioned new works, including Pangean Dances and Tree Phases in New England by composer Mark Pisczcek. The ensemble has had several live broadcast performances over the Wisconsin Public Radio network. This has given the ensemble excellent exposure throughout Wisconsin and adjoining states and internationally through webcasting.
Rountree Ensemble plays a wide variety of repertoire, from Baroque to 20th century. This includes familiar and accessible pieces by Beethoven, Bach and Mozart as well as more challenging works by Stravinsky, Nielsen and Ibert. The group also performs new works, including the world premieres of Pangean Dances and Tree Phases in New England by composer Mark Pisczcek. The ensemble has had several live broadcast performances over the Wisconsin Public Radio network. This has given the ensemble excellent exposure throughout Wisconsin and adjoining states.
John Marco, clarinetist
Igor Fedotov, violist
Gary Hammond, pianist
In 2002, clarinettist John Marco joined violist Igor Fedotov and pianist Gary Hammon to form Lake Trio. Since then, the trio has given numerous concerts in Europe and the United States. The three colleagues convene several times a year to prepare for concerts and explore new repertoire. The trio’s repertoire includes an array of familiar and unusual works, from the “Kegelstatt” Trio of Mozart to Kleines Konzert by Alfred Uhl. Lake Trio’s concert at the 2004 Lorraine Music Festival in France drew this review from the Quotidenne of Nancy: “Their performance raised the level of the entire festival.” The trio has recently released a recording of works by Mozart, Uhl and Bruch.