Pianist Marija Stroke, whose playing has been described by Strad Magazine as “music making of stature and substance”, has performed in chamber music, concerti and solo recitals in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Asia. She has played frequently at such music festivals as Chamber Music Northwest, Caramoor, the City of London Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Ms. Stroke is co-artistic Director of the Garden City Chamber Music Society in Long Island, New York.
Ms. Stroke has performed with Joshua Bell, Mark Steinberg, Eugene Drucker, Raphael Hillyer, David Krakauer, David Shifrin, and conductors Ransom Wilson and Reinbert de Leeuw among many others. She has played with the Brentano, Miami, Daedalus, and Borromeo string quartets. She has appeared in concerts with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and at Wigmore, Carnegie, David Geffen, and Alice Tully Halls.
In 2015, Sony Classical released a recording of Bruce Adolphe’s Einstein’s Light, music for the film by Nickolas Barris, performed by violinist Joshua Bell and Marija Stroke. Ms. Stroke recorded Adolphe’s Turning, Returning with the Brentano String Quartet and Mark Steinberg for CRI. Stereophile praised the performances of Ms. Stroke and the Brentano String Quartet as “spectacularly heartfelt and colorful” She recorded the Grieg violin and piano sonatas with Curtis Macomber on Arabesque, and Do You Dream in Color? with Laurie Rubin on Bridge. Do You Dream in Color?, which includes music by Adolphe, Rodrigo and Fauré, was awarded “Critics’ Choice” by American Record Guide. Ms. Stroke collaborated with six other pianists, Josef Kalichstein, Orli Shaham, Orion Weiss, Bruce Adolphe, Fred Child, and Fabio Luisi, on a CD of Piano Puzzlers.
Marija Stroke is a founding member of the Apollo Trio, which has performed to critical acclaim in the United States and in Europe. In addition to frequent appearances at major American music festivals and on chamber music series throughout the United States, the trio has performed at prominent New York venues, including Caramoor, Bargemusic, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Apollo Trio was featured in The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Great Day in New York” Festival at Alice Tully Hall, and among their performances there also gave the New York premiere of David Schiff’s New York Nocturnes, and the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Wind Across the Sky for piano trio and soprano. In 2011, David Schiff’s Borscht Belt Follies— written for the Apollo Trio, David Krakauer, David Taylor and Michael Sarin—was given its world premiere at Chamber Music Northwest’s Encore Series. The Apollo Trio has recorded music by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Adolphe and Schiff and, most recently, the complete Dvorak Piano Trios (available on Amazon, Spotify, and iTunes).