A prodigious talent recognized worldwide for his artistry, Pinchas Zukerman has been an inspiration to young musicians throughout his adult life. In a continuing effort to motivate future generations of musicians through education and outreach, the renowned artist teamed up in 2002 with four protégés to form a string quintet called the Zukerman ChamberPlayers. Despite limited availability during the season, the ensemble amassed an impressive international touring schedule with close to two hundred concerts and four discs on the CBC, Altara and Sony labels. Beginning in 2011 Zukerman, along with cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng, began offering trio repertoire as an alternative to the quintet works with the ChamberPlayers. In addition to piano trios by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Dvorak and Shostakovich, programs often include duo performances with various couplings including the Kodaly Duo. Invitations from major Festivals and venues led to the official launch of the Zukerman Trio in 2013. The ensemble has traveled around the globe to appear in Japan, China, Spain, Italy, France, Hungary, South Africa, Istanbul, Russia, and throughout the United States. Appearances at major European Festivals have included Edinburgh, Verbier and the BBC Proms. This season the Zukerman Trio performs a benefit for the IRIS Orchestra and appears at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Bravo! Vail Festival and New York's 92nd Street Y on its Distinguished Artists series. The Trio returns for its second tour to South America including appearances in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Brazil, and also performs in Italy, Spain, Korea, Japan and Australia.