The Oberlin Trio

The Oberlin Trio has been making music to widespread acclaim since its founding in 1982.

Two men holding stringed instruments with one woman standing between them.
The Oberlin Trio: cellist Dmitry Kouzov, pianist Haewon Song, and violinist David Bowlin
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones

About the Oberlin Trio

An ensemble of all-Oberlin Conservatory faculty members, the group's current members are pianist Haewon Song, violinist David Bowlin, and cellist Dmitry Kouzov

Performance highlights include concerts in Seoul, Los Angeles, Portland, and San Francisco, as well as live broadcasts on WCLV-90.3 FM in Cleveland.

The group’s most recent album features trios by Franz Joseph Haydn, released on Naxos in June 2022. The ensemble has also recorded trios by Joan Tower, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Antonín Dvořák on the Oberlin Music label.

In spring 2023, the trio released three short performance videos on YouTube

The trio is also committed to the education of young artists. Its members regularly conduct master classes at major music schools and they serve on the faculties of leading summer festivals. 

Oberlin Trio Video Performances

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 - Allegro energico e con fuoco

Maurice Ravel: Trio in A minor (1914) - Modéré

Arvo Pärt: Mozart-Adagio for Piano Trio (1992/2005)


Haydn: Piano Trios Vol. 7 Named Ideastream Recording of the Week
The Oberlin Trio's June 2022 release on Naxos includes Haydn’s piano trios from his very first, written around 1765, to his 33rd, composed about 30 years later. 

Oberlin Trio Welcomes Cellist Dmitry Kouzov with Virtual Recital
The program, which features trios by Haydn, Schumann, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Oberlin alumnus George Walker, marks the Oberlin Trio debut of cellist Dmitry Kouzov, who joined the conservatory string faculty in fall 2020. He will share the stage with longtime trio members David Bowlin on violin and Haewon Song on piano.

ClevelandClassical CD Review: Oberlin Trio
"The collaborative efforts of the Trio result in an admirable and enjoyable listening experience, making this album a great choice for the casual listener as well as for the connoisseur."

Oberlin Trio Releases New CD of Expressive Chamber Music
Dvořák | Shostakovich | Tower features three distinctive pieces that traverse disparate worlds en route to the same destination: Each one is an emotionally charged expression of its composer’s life.