Gryphon Trio

Friday, September 15, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Moravian College, Foy Concert Hall

  • Haydn Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Hob. XV:29
  • Dinuk Wijeratne Love Triangle
  • Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66

Artists-in-residence at the University of Toronto, where individual members also serve on the music faculty, the Gryphon Trio is nearing the quarter-century mark together, while constantly evolving in performance and recordings of classical, world, Latin, pop, and folk music genres. Through “cross genre collaborations and multimedia performances,” the group is intent on nothing less than “redefining chamber music for the 21st century.”

The trio has commissioned and premiered more than 75 new works and will be playing one of them for the Lehigh Valley concert: Dinuk Wijerante’s 2013 piece “Love Triangle.” The composer writes, “The Gryphon Trio with their staggeringly diverse resumé of collaborations, are no strangers to music that is about the meeting of cultures, or about blurred boundaries between what sounds improvised and what does not. I was utterly thrilled to have this opportunity to write for them!”

The Canadian ensemble, twice a winner of Canada’s Juno Awards, also boasts some American connections: violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon is a graduate of Indiana University and the Curtis Institute and pianist Jamie Parker earned his master’s and doctor’s degrees at Juilliard. Both are artistic advisors to Ottawa’s annual Chamberfest, for which cellist Roman Borys serves as artistic director. For the past seven years, the trio has taken its propensity for collaboration and innovation to the people through Listen Up!, involving whole communities in composing their own works for piano trio and choir.

Our Foy Hall audience may not be required to compose or sing but are likely to be treated to “music-making at its most communicative” [The Toronto Star], a “big, bold, almost orchestral performance” [The Los Angeles Times], and “dynamics of unusual depth and variety” [The Washington Post].