The Lions Gate Trio, an internationally-acclaimed ensemble in both the U.S. and Europe, enjoys a combination of performing, recording, and working with young musicians in educational settings for 25 years. Winners of the Koussevitsky Award for recording and lauded by the press for their CD’s, the Trio has recorded for Triton and Centaur labels, featuring new American trios, duo and trio music of French composer Nicolas Bacri, and the complete trios of Robert Schumann.
The Trio has performed in Germany, France, Belgium, Finland, and most of the eastern U.S. They have presented live radio broadcasts on Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg, France Musique at Radio France in Paris, and participating on National Public Radio stations in the United States. Their performance at the Organization of American States was televised in nine states and sixteen Latin American countries.
The three musicians auspiciously pursue separate careers as soloists and teachers;
as a group, the Lions Gate Trio explores not only the piano trio repertory, but duo,
solo and expanded ensemble repertory with guest artists. Passionate advocates of new
music, the Lions Gate Trio has worked closely with a number of leading composers,
among them Ralph Shapey, Andrew Imbrie, Alexander Goehr, Augusta Read Thomas, Robert
Helps, Eric Moe, Tamar Diesendruck and Nicolas Bacri. Each member of the Lions Gate
Trio is a respected teacher, and collectively they hold faculty positions in Köln,
(Germany), Oberlin, New York and Hartford.
The Trio has served residencies at Tanglewood, Yale University and the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently the trio in residence in Connecticut both at the Hartt School (University of Hartford) and at the Fairfield Library. Having recently presented complete cycles of the piano chamber music of Schumann, Fauré and Brahms, they are currently doing so with the music of Beethoven.
“These three stunning musicians are wonderful soloists, and as a team, unbeatable. They communicate joy in music-making not only in technical brilliance but in an unbelievable playful lightness, and their joy is infections…a wonderful addition to the international music scene.”
“The Lions Gate Trio made poetry of the crazy, hazy cross-melodic lines of Ives’ early piano trio, and handled Beethoven’s ‘Ghost” trio with rare classical restraint.”
London Financial Times
“The performance by the Lions Gate Trio could not have been more persuasive.”