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Oct. 15 & 16, 2022: Music from Leipzig
Chamber Concert by the Nisene Ensemble

July 9 & 10, 2022: Fauré and His Circle of Influence Chamber Concert by the Nisene Trio

Nisene Trio

Cynthia Baehr - violin  

Kristin Garbeff - cello 

Kumiko Uyeda - piano 


The Nisene Trio originally began as the ZaSu Piano Trio, which was inspired over tea and scones, and first performed at the Santa Cruz library concert "Munching with Mozart" in the summer of 2014. Kristin Garbeff joined our group in January of 2017. The Nisene Trio still enjoy tea together (with the addition of Kouign Amann morning rolls) and strive to bring chamber music to people of all ages and backgrounds through concerts throughout the year. 

Our repertoire ranges from Mozart to the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, and contemporary composers Emily Wong and John Wineglass.

We've just expanded the piano quartet repertoire by commissioning a new work from Chad Cannon, inspired by the current immigration crisis and the stories by the Asian immigrants detained at Angel Island. The work premiered at the Old First Concert Series in San Francisco on July 1, 2018. The Nisene Trio is active in the community in chamber music education, and the members are founders and coaches for the Youth Chamber Music Program at the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony. Please visit our website at

Duo Pappillon

Piano four-hand duo with pianist

Barbara Ruzicka, formed in 2000



"Your Coral Flower" with poet Meredith Stricker and composer Maayan Tsadka

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