Trio Confero

Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet
Anita Balázs, cello
Misuzu Tanaka, piano


Trio Confero was founded in 2018 by clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov as a logical continuation of his quest on bringing the superb yet seldom performed chamber music repertoire for clarinet to the larger audience. The musical journey began in 2012 when, together with his partner Japanese pianist Misuzu Tanaka, they formed the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo and began touring the country garnering an impressive record of instant re-engagements. At this moment the duo is probably the most popular touring clarinet-piano ensemble in the US.

Confero is a Latin verb that means to bring together, unite and contribute, and this is precisely what Trio Confero’s mission statement was set to be when three musicians united in one pursuit to bring together the unjustly rarely performed repertoire for clarinet, cello and piano, arguably, one of the most beautiful chamber music combination there is. The magnificent works written by such giants as Brahms, Beethoven, Bruch, Faure and Glinka truly are a testament to this statement.

The Trio comprises of three exceptionally talented musicians clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov, cellist Anita Balázs and pianist Misuzu Tanaka – prizewinners of many international competition and graduates of world’s most prestigious music academies – The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music.