World premier recordings of Flute quartets by Johann Baptist Vanhal for Naxos Records


Uwe Grodd - Flute June 2006 - Vanhal Recordings

In June 2006 UWE GRODD and the JANAKI TRIO  recorded four quartets for flute and strings by Johann Baptist Vanhal.

This is a world premier recording based on a new edition made from 18th century manuscripts by Uwe Grodd.  The recording was prepared at the BANFF CENTRE, Alberta Canada and recorded in Toronto.

The music is published by Artaria Editions New Zealand.

                      Flute Quartet in F, Op. 7, No. 1

                      Flute Quartet in Bb, Op. 7, No. 2

                      Flute Quartet in G, Op. 7, No. 3

                      Flute Quartet in C, Op. 7, No. 6

Recording Dates: 12th – 15th June 2006



The sessions took place at Grace Church and were produced by Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver. 
The recording will be released by Naxos as part of its “18th Century Chamber Music” series.

Serena McKinney (violin); Kati Kadarauch (viola); Arnold Choi (cello)

Naxos Records 8.570234

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Johann Baptist Vanhal (1739 - 1813)   

Paul Bryan’s meticulous research into the life and works of Johann Baptist Wanhal has revealed that much of our received wisdom concerning this great composer is not only incorrect; but has, at times, been shaped by individuals who knew little or nothing of the composer. Wanhal was in many respects the most talented of the Viennese contemporaries of Mozart and Haydn and worked highly-successfully as a freelance musician at a time when such an option was literally considered mad. Like Mozart, he tailored his output to economic realities of the day and ceased writing symphonies in the late-1770s. His fertile imagination not only created over 1300 works but also experimented in quite radical ways with musical style and structure.       

 Janaki String Trio - Biography

Serena McKinney, violin;
Katie Kadarauch, viola;
Arnold Choi, cello

Winner, 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition

Winner, 2005 Annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition

Among the swiftest rising young chamber ensembles today, the Janaki String Trio brings together three virtuoso musicians whose passion and commitment have captivated both audiences and presenters alike. Founded at The Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles in early 2005, the group soon won the 59th Annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and in March 2006, the threesome came to national attention as the first string trio ever to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. The Trio also garnered the inaugural BMI Foundation Commission Prize, awarded by CAG at the 2006 Competition.


The Janaki Trio makes its New York recital debut on the CAG Series at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in January 2007, in addition to numerous other performance prize engagements across North America during the 2006-07 season. Selected to participate in Canada’s Banff Music Festival in June 2006, this honor follows an exciting 2005-06 season, highlighted by performances on such series as LACMA’s Sundays Live (broadcast on Los Angeles’s primary classical music station, KMozart), Lagerstrom Chamber Music at Caltech, South Bay Chamber Music Society and the Music Guild Chamber Music Series. On the recording front, the Trio’s debut CD will be released in summer 2006 on Yarlung Records, featuring works by Beethoven, Penderecki, and Los Angeles-based composer, Jason Barabba, and future projects include the Vanhal Quartets for Flute and Strings, with flutist Uwe Grodd, for the Naxos label.

The ensemble takes its name from the Sanskrit word Janaki (YAHN-uh-kye), which symbolizes self-realization — the underpinning artistic and spiritual ideal entwining composer, musician and listener.

Indeed, the Trio makes a unique connection with its audiences, not only with the standard works of the repertory, but also with rarely heard masterworks, such as Penderecki’s gripping String Trio, as well as provocative new pieces. The audience’s consistent enthusiasm for this adventurous programming has convinced the Trio that listeners are open to new music when it is presented in an exciting way. This has strengthened the ensemble’s commitment to expand the string trio repertoire by commissioning new works from both celebrated and emerging composers, and BMI Commissioning Prize from the CAG competition will result in a new composition to be premiered in 2007.

Each member of the Janaki Trio has a strong commitment to music education and has organized and performed in outreach concerts across the United States and Canada. In 2006-07, the Janaki Trio works with the Da Camera Society in promoting music education in elementary schools, hospitals, retirement communities and other community venues throughout the Los Angeles area.

Individually, the members of the Janaki Trio have performed at the Marlboro, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, Aspen, Great Lakes, and Schleswig-Holstein music festivals and have performed with such eminent musicians as David Soyer, Ronald Leonard, Jaime Laredo, and Mitsuko Uchida.

Members of the Trio have studied with Kim Kashkashian, Isodore Cohen, Sylvia Rosenberg, and the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, Orion, and Takacs Quartets. Currently, the Trio studies individually and collectively with Robert Lipsett, and with Paul Coletti and Ronald Leonard, who also serve as the Trio’s coaches at The Colburn School.

Serena McKinney performs on a Camillus Camilli violin (circa 1742) on loan to her from the Mandell Collection of Southern California; Katie Kadarauch performs on a Giovanni Grancino viola (circa 1695) on loan to her from the Mandell Collection of Southern California; and Arnold Choi performs on a Carlo Tononi cello (circa 1725) on loan to him from an Anonymous Donor.