The Kende Trio was formed in 1997 by sisters: Alexis, violin; Crista, viola/piano; and Daniela, cello. An article on the 10-year anniversary of the trio appeared 8/12/07 in the Sunday NY Times.
The Kende sisters began their musical journey playing at their church a decade before the trio was formed and their music continues to be an expression of their Catholic faith. Their greatest honor remains playing for Pope John Paul II in 1999 during Palm Sunday mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and performing the Ave Maria at the General Audience as the Holy Father blessed the handicapped from around the world. They performed at the beatification of Padre Pio for Cardinal O’Connor and for the order he founded, The Sisters of Life.
They appear regularly at benefits/fundraisers for pro-life and other worthwhile causes including Good Counsel homes for unwed mothers and at annual Interdenominational pro-life services organized by Daniela at Princeton University.
All three sisters are Juilliard-trained musicians and graduates/students of Princeton University where they performed as soloists with the university orchestra and also received music performance certificates. In 2007, the trio performed at the LI Mozart Festival and Sevenars inMassachusetts, where they will again appear summer of ‘08 to celebrate the 40th anniversary with festival founders and long-time friends, the Schrade family. In 2005, the Kende sisters organized a 6-week festival, “Music Under the Trees” at Bailey Arboretum with younger brother, Stefan, a Juilliard-trained double bassist.
The Kende musicians have appeared at numerous festivals and concert venues in the U.S. and abroad including: Schlern International Music Festival in Bolzano, Italy; Pinkas Zuckerman Young Artists Program in Ottawa; Bridgehampton, and Bargemusic in NY. Concert appearance highlights include: the Church of All Nations “Concerts for A Cure”, Webb Naval Institute, St. John’s University, Westbury Gardens, Nassau County Museum, North Shore University Hospital, Pilgrim Psychiatric facility and holiday concerts at N. Shore University Hospital, the Renaissance cerebral palsy residence and many nursing homes. The Kende sisters have performed numerous introduction to music concerts for children at libraries and schools in the tri-state area in addition to operating teaching studios in NY and NJ. All three sisters began their music studies nearly two decades ago on violin, later adding viola, cello and piano. They have appeared on WQXR Radio, NBC-TV “Today”, WABC-TV News and other print and broadcast media.
ALEXIS, Princeton University A.B. Religion 2005. As winner of the annual concerto competition Alexis performed as soloist with the Princeton University Orchestra. Awarded the 2003 Prince of Liechtenstein European Fellowship for spiritual leadership training. Currently, a master’s student in performing arts administration at NYU; previously master’s courses at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins after serving on the violin faculty of the Westminster Choir College. Her solo performance with the South Shore Symphony was broadcast on WQXR Radio. Her solo Kennedy Center debut came in 1998 with the Washington Chamber Symphony/Vivaldi Orchestras. At age 12 she was concertmaster of the nationally televised Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (DYMSO)
CRISTA, Princeton University A.B. History 2007, received an outstanding achievement award upon graduating from the Juilliard Pre-Collegewhere she also appeared twice as a soloist with the school orchestra in 1999 as a concerto competition winner and in 2006 at a memorial concert for her late teacher / mentor, Eugene Becker. She was selected by the NY Viola Society to perform the international debut of a new viola concerto at Bargemusic and appeared on ABC-TV “Good Morning, America” with Charlotte Church. She was awarded an Instrument scholarship by the Virtu Foundation and was principal violist with the Disney orchestra at Avery Fisher, Ravinia and the Hollywood Bowl. Crista received two National Organization for Women “Young Woman of Distinction” awards.
DANIELA, a 2005 graduate of the Juilliard Pre-College, Princeton University class of 2009, is president of Princeton Pro-Life and has worked with the UN-affiliated World Youth Alliance to promote the dignity of the human person. Applying the healing power of music, she received a service award for her volunteer work as a music therapist at hospital rehabilitation wards. A student of ballet, jazz and modern dance, she is a graduate of the Jacques D’Amboise National Dance Institute where she danced the role of Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet also playing cello at their performances / benefits.