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THE YARGO TRIO

Angela Jones-Reus, flute
Connie Frigo, saxophone
Liza Stepanova, piano

BIOGRAPHY

A dynamic mix of three virtuosic soloists in their own right, The Yargo Trio came together in the fall of 2015 when Jones-Reus (flute) and Stepanova (piano) joined Frigo (saxophone) for her faculty recital at The University of Georgia. The musical and personal chemistry was instantaneous! It was clear to them that a new ensemble was born; their ideas and plans have not stopped churning since then.

The trio plays both original music and transcriptions written for other instruments or voice. They rely upon their collective imaginations and wide breadth of performance experience when choosing repertoire that can work for this unusual instrumentation. Their recital programs showcase the trio in various combinations that allow them to shine as soloists as well as a charismatic trio. It is with this spirit that The Yargo Trio is delighted to present their debut recording - Voices, Reimagined - that represents the repertoire that first brought them together.

Internationally acclaimed flutist ANGELA JONES-REUS is recognized for her multifaceted career as soloist, chamber artist, orchestral player and teacher. She is currently Professor of Flute at The University of Georgia, Principal Flutist of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and has been a regular guest with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 1999. Having served as Principal Flutist of the Stuttgart Philharmonic (Germany) from 1991-2000, Jones-Reus has performed extensively throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, the United States and South America. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Italy), graduate of the Juilliard School (MM) and the North Carolina School of the Arts (BM). Jones-Reus is co-founder and host of FLUTISSIMO!, an intensive summer ute workshop held at the University of Georgia. 

Saxophonist CONNIE FRIGO is an internationally accomplished soloist, chamber musician, teacher, speaker, and founder of numerous festivals. Highlights of her career include six years with the premiere U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C.; seven years touring nationally as the baritone saxophonist with the New Century Saxophone Quartet; guest artist recitals and masterclasses in Europe, South America and the United States; and faculty positions at the Universities of Tennessee and Maryland before arriving to The University of Georgia, where she serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone. Frigo is a Henri Selmer Paris and D’Addario artist. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Holland) and graduate of Ithaca College (BM), U. of Illinois (MM), Conservatorium van Amsterdam and U. of South Carolina (DMA).

Praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” LIZA STEPANOVA has performed as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra and Southwest German Philharmonic with conductors James DePreist and Nicholas McGegan in venues including the Berlin Philharmonie, Weill and Zankel Recital Halls at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She tours internationally as a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and serves her passion for art song as a faculty and former Associate Artistic Director of SongFest at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. A graduate of the “Hanns Eisler” Academy in Berlin (BM) and The Juilliard School (MM, DMA), she has taught at Juilliard and Smith College and is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at The University of Georgia.