Known for charismatic and extroverted performances in which they combine their accessibility with the rich history and repertoire of the piano trio, the Amelia Piano Trio has become known as one of the great chamber ensembles.
Formed in 1999, the Amelia Piano Trio came to the fore after participating in Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 2000. As a result, Mr. Stern became a mentor to the trio and presented the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. Of that performance, the Strad Magazine says “…Its careful attention to balance,tonal beauty, and teamwork was exemplary.” Joining the roster of Concert Artists Guild in 2001, the trio went on to win the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and to record CDs with Cedille Records and Naxos.
The Trio has performed in many major halls, including 92nd St Y, Carnegie Hall, Ravinia in Chicago, Seattle’s Meany Hall and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Other performances include appearances at the Caramoor Music Festival in NY, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, NPR’s St Paul Sunday Radio, Calgary Pro Musica, Merkin Hall, and Barge Music.
The Amelia members have quickly made their mark as performers and commissioners of new music. Notably, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison wrote his first full-length piano trio for the Amelia, a recording of which was released on Naxos.
In 2003 the Trio was asked by National Public Radio to be the Young Ensemble in Residence. This exciting week of live concerts and interviews put the Amelia firmly in the foreground of classical music in America, reaching an estimated 1.5 million listeners. Among other radio appearances, the Trio has also been featured on Chicago’s WFMT in live broadcast performances of the complete Beethoven Trios.