The International String Trio was founded in 1999 by its musical director and guitarist, Slava Tolstoy. During the last 10 years the group has performed at more than 1000 venues across the United States and has gained national recognition for its distinct sound and stylistic diversity. The trio's repertoire includes classical, jazz, popular, and world music (Italian, French, Russian, Jewish, Spanish, Latin American, Gipsy, and Irish).
The International String Trio has developed a unique concert program that is both highly entertaining and educational, energetic and musically gratifying. The group plays about 150 gigs a year at a variety of venues, including concert halls, jazz clubs, universities, schools, and private homes. At performances the IST enjoys leading its audiences on a cultural musical journey, as performances include music from countries around the world.
The inspiration for the group's latest CD, Appalachia, sprung from music written about the Appalachian Mountains. In addition, popular pieces from several other music traditions have been included to create a well-rounded and multicultural musical experience.
"Time to Say Goodbye;" "Tango from Scent of a Woman;" and "Ashokan Farewell," from Ken Burns's Civil War documentary, are a few of the songs featured on Appalachia. It also includes one original composition written by Slava Tolstoy ("Appalachian Waltz") and some of the most beautiful tunes from the Jewish tradition ("Erev Shel Shoshanim," "Jerusalem of Gold," and "Shalom Aleichem Waltz").