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General · 6th January 2011
Quadra Cultural Committee
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 8:00 pm at the Quadra Community Centre, the Quadra Cultural Committee is delighted to announce the return of the Gryphon Trio. This brilliant ensemble, made up of violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker, have been visiting here for many years and invariably give outstanding performances.

As the Winnipeg Free press said of them, "These consummate artists are masters at interweaving their voices, blending together, then singing out on their own when the music calls for it. Their enviable intonation sets a standard for which other ensembles should strive. There's not a loose end to be found. Years of playing together have made this a remarkably polished musical partnership -- marked by highly simpatico performances.” The BBC Music Magazine headlined a review of their recording of the Beethoven Archduke Trio “The King of Archdukes,” and Gramophone magazine said of their recording of the Mozart piano trios, “A new front runner for the title of Best Trios Set.”

The Trio’s live performances and recordings have been broadcast extensively on CBC and around the globe on NPR (USA), Radio France, RTBF (Belgium), Radio Bremen, Hessischer Rundfunk (Germany) and Finnish Radio, and on Canadian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Russian and French television networks.

They are all on the faculty of the University of Toronto School of Music, and teach at the Claude Watson School for the Arts, where they encourage young students to compose their own pieces for trio. They are passionate about promoting new music and have commissioned numerous pieces, including “Constantinople” a multimedia piece which has been performed in Toronto, New Haven Conn. and London England following its debut at the Banff School of Fine Arts. They also collaborate with Jazz musicians, and have made a recording of Tango Nuevo, so they are remarkably versatile.

For their Quadra concert, the trio will perform Beethoven’s Op. 11 in B flat Major, one of the piano trios from their latest CD. In addition, they will perform Brahms' monumental piano trio, Op. 8, No. 1 in B Major. To round off the program they will also feature works by Steven Gellman and Astor Piazzolla.

The concert is to be held at the Quadra Island Community Centre at 8 PM on Saturday, February 5th. Advance tickets are available for $17 at Hummingbird Office and Art Supply and Quadra Crafts on Quadra Island, and at the Music Plant in Campbell River; and for $20 at the door. Students under 16 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. This is not a concert to be missed.