Prima Trio performs Sunday at Saranac church

The Prima Trio will perform a concert, free and open to the public, at 4 p.m. Sunday at the historic United Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac.

Described by the Palm Beach Daily News as “a virtuosic tour de force … a whirlwind of joy,” the Prima Trio has established itself as a chamber music ensemble of uncommon variety, repertoire, talent, energy, and beauty.

The ensemble was founded in 2004 while its members were studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and made its debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in 2006.

On a rising-star career trajectory, the Trio captured international attention in 2007 when they won the coveted Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior Division.

Their multi-award included a highly publicized debut performance at Leighton Concert Hall at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame, a Midwest Winner’s Tour, a European debut at Italy’s Emilia Romagna Festival, and $10,500 in prize money.

Since then they have moved from strength to strength, earning glowing reviews for performances on the prestigious concert series of Dumbarton Oaks, the Athenaeum in La Jolla, Calif., the Dayton Art Institute, and CityMusic Columbus celebrating its 25th anniversary. Highlights of recent seasons also include debuts with Chicago’s Music in the Loft series and the Cleveland Chamber Music Society, as well as four concerts at Germany’s prestigious Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.

The Prima Trio actually plays four instruments, with Gulia Gurevich alternating between violin and viola during the program. Their repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary, including many 20th century composers such as Ives, Stravinsky, and Milhaud, but also extends to exotic gems from Armenian composers Khatchaturian and Arutiunian. Rounding out the trio are Boris Allakhverdyan and Anastasia Dedik.

For their Hill and Hollow Music program they will offer Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio (K498), Bartok’s Contrasts, and Srul Glick’s festive Klezmer Wedding.