Vivid interpreters of the classics and enthusiastic advocates for new music, the Peabody Trio plays with “a beautifully polished, lush sound… luminous!” (N.Y. Times)
“Breathtaking gusto … an exuberant, right-on-the-mark performance.”
– The Chicago Tribune
“A beautifully polished, lush sound … luminous.”
- The New York Times
“This group’s vitality and courage continue to be amazing. … One of the nation’s great undersung chamber ensembles … shimmering beauty.”
- San Francisco Chronicle
“Incandescent playing of great verve and sensitivity.”
- The Los Angeles Times
Violaine Melançon, Violin
Natasha Brofsky, Cello
Seth Knopp, Piano
Since winning the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1989, The Peabody Trio has established itself as an important presence in the chamber music world as vivid interpreters of the classics of the repertoire, advocates for new music, and dedicated teachers and mentors to a generation of young musicians. They bring to their music making what The Washington Post calls “the romantic fervor of the 20th century greats.”
The Peabody Trio gave its New York debut in 1990 at Alice Tully Hall and has since performed in the most important chamber music series in North America, including New York, Washington, Chicago, Denver, Vancouver, Montreal, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Internationally, they tour frequently in England, making repeat appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, and in Japan and Israel. Their reputation as champions of new music garnered them an invitation to the first Biennale for contemporary music, Tempus Fugit, in Tel Aviv.
Their Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Skaneateles, Cape and Islands, and Rockport, and radio broadcasts include performances on Saint Paul Sunday Morning, Performance Today, Morning Pro Musica, CBC, Radio-Canada, WGBH in Boston, and WQXR in New York. The Peabody Trio collaborates frequently with such eminent artists as clarinetist Charles Neidich, violists Roger Tapping and Maria Lambros, soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, baritone William Sharp, and actor Andre De Shields.
The Peabody Trio currently serves as the resident faculty ensemble of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, a position they have held since 1989. They spend summers as ensemble-in-residence at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival in Putney, Vermont.
The Peabody Trio celebrated its twentieth season in 2007-08 with the release of the Beethoven Trios Opus 1, Nos. 1 and 3 on Artek Records, the second in their series of the complete piano trios of Beethoven. The recording was hailed by Gramophone as “bold, flexible and vibrant,” while The Baltimore Sun praised its “vibrancy and expressive flair.” In 2004 the trio released the Beethoven Opus 70 Trios, which won acclaim from Strad Magazine as “some of the most accomplished Beethoven Trio playing …heard in many a year.” Previously they have recorded for New World Records and CRI.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op 1, No. 3 (1793).
Charles Ives (1874-1954), Trio for violin, cello and piano (1904-1911, rev. 1914-1915).
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 (1883).