The Practice Project

We are proud to announce The Practice Project, a challenge (and a support network) for musicians of all stripes – professionals, amateurs, beginners, even those who haven’t picked up their instruments in 20 years.

Starting January 1, we challenge you to grab your instrument (an old one or one that’s new to you!), pick a piece you’ve been dying to learn, and practice your fingers off for one month! We all have so many things that can occupy our time and brain space, and the desire to explore a piece for the pure enjoyment of playing music is so frequently left by the wayside.

No more!

The Practice Project community is here to help you. Need some advice? Post a question. Want feedback on a fingering, a musical idea, whether something “works”? Post a video. Even just drop us a line to let us know you’re participating. We want to inspire as many people as we can to delve into the wonderful world of exploring the musical process.

We will post motivational notes and links to help you (and us!) stay inspired throughout the month. At the end, we encourage everyone to perform for friends, or post a video or audio link here to share the fantastic progress that you’ve made in 31 days. The goal is not to be ‘performance ready’ in a month – rather, it’s to have fun, learn something, and remember how enjoyable it is to make music!

Happy practicing!
Liana, Michelle, and Jeff

New videos!

We have some new video clips up! Live Haydn and Faure from our concert on October 14, 2013. Check them out – click on “video” under the “media” menu.

You can also check out our YouTube channel here.

Delphi joins Ariel Artists

We are pleased to announce that Delphi Trio has joined the roster of Ariel Artists! Based in Boston, Ariel has a wonderfully fresh approach to the classical scene. We are looking forward to all the exciting things soon to come from this collaboration.

Check out our artist profile on their website!

Summer, here we come!

Here we are, on the home stretch into our very exciting  2013 summer season. What a busy and wonderful year it’s been! We can’t thank you, our supporters, enough for your help in the success we’ve enjoyed so far and continue to follow. Every step we take is bringing us to even more interesting places than we’ve been before – artistically, emotionally, and physically too! We absolutely could not do it without you.

We are so excited to get started on the summer – many great things are coming up in the next couple months, and fun adventures are just waiting to be had. The short list:

  • Impromptu on WFMT Chicago – Live broadcast on Thursday, June 6 at 3:00 P.M. CDT.  We will be talking about our upcoming participation at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival‘s Shouse Institute, as well as performing some works by Dvorak and Schumann. Listen live HERE!
  • Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – We are honored to be selected as participants in this year’s Shouse Chamber Music Institute in the Detroit area from June 10-23. As this year is the Festival’s 20th season, we are especially excited to be a part of the very special celebrations and programming that are planned. We will be performing frequently throughout the course of the Festival, and will be doing a workshop with noted composer Joan Tower. The Festival has also requested that we perform our commission from Sahba AminikiaDeltangi-ha, premiered in September 2012. Click here for a concert schedule!
  • Old First Concerts - Our final concert in our residency this season at Old First will be on June 28 at 8:00 P.M with a pre-concert talk at 7:30. Program to include works by Arensky, Tower, and Beethoven. Old First Concerts is at 1751 Sacramento St. (at Van Ness), San Francisco. For more information or tickets, click here.
  • Crowden Chamber Music Workshops – We are delighted once again to be on faculty at the summer chamber music workshops at the Crowden School in Berkeley.  Jeff and Liana will be teaching from July 8-19 at the Youth Workshop, including a performance with other faculty members on July 12, closely followed by the entire trio uniting to teach at the Adult Workshop from July 20-24. We have written in previous posts about what a special place Crowden is to both the Bay Area community and the global music community, and we are honored to be a part of their programs.
  • Bear Valley Music Festival - We’re thrilled to be featured as Artists in Residence at this year’s Bear Valley Music Festival from July 25-August 11 in Bear Valley, CA. We are going to be kept very busy, including a variety of collaborations, a recital, and a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Festival Orchestra and music director Michael Morgan. We’re starting our training for the oxygen deprivation now – Bear Valley is at an altitude of 7,100 feet!

All in all, a very exciting and packed few months ahead. We hope that you can join us for some of these events, either in person, or listening online where possible!

Crowden Sundays @ 4

A big thank you to Eugene Sor at The Crowden School for hosting us on their Sundays @ 4 series yesterday. We had a wonderful time!

For anyone who isn’t familiar with Crowden, it is one of the most amazing institutions in the Bay Area. As a charter school for grades 4-8, the school not only has a rigorous academic curriculum but also incorporates two hours of music education into the classroom every day – technique class, chamber music, etc. We came in earlier in the week to play and talk to the students, and it is incredibly inspiring to see young people, especially at such a difficult and impressionable age, so aware of and open to their creative voices.

We will be back at Crowden this summer to teach and play. Jeff and Liana will be on faculty for the Youth Chamber Music Workshop in July, and then the whole trio will be teaching at the Adult Chamber Music Workshop a week later. We’re very proud to be part of the Crowden School’s extended family, and are looking forward to returning!

Beethoven Triple- Delphi’s Concerto Debut

We could not be more thrilled to appear as soloists with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra  and maestro George Cleve this Sunday April 7 at 7 P.M. The program features works of German/Austrian composers including a work by Ernst Bacon with clarinetist Michael Corner and a divertimento by Mozart.

The Beethoven Triple Concerto op.56 is a special piece, “something really new” according to the composer. Believed to have been written for Beethoven’s patron and student Archduke Rudolph, there is no evidence it was ever performed by its original dedicatee. While exact details of the premiere are sketchy, violinist Carl August Seidler and the legendary cellist Antonin Kraft (for whom Haydn wrote his D major Concerto) were both involved in the rehearsal and performance of the work.

This concerto is full of good nature, lyricism and out-and-out virtuosity, particularly for the strings. Beethoven’s Triple is chamber music writ large- it will be a joy to play it with SJCO and George Cleve.



Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

What an absolute pleasure to work with this outstanding series in its beautiful and culturally vibrant location. The Historic Asolo Theater could not be more charming, especially since it is actually of 18th century Italian vintage, dismantled and reconstructed in Sarasota. We felt right at home in large part thanks to Lee Dougherty Ross whose warmth and honeyed Georgia accent cannot but put you at ease.

A great quote from Saturday’s performance:

“…rich and committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility and risky tempi in the inevitable and welcome scherzo and especially when a choral melody suffused the final pages.”

Sarasota Herald Tribune



Noe Valley Chamber Music

Our last public concert of 2012 approaches! Come join us on Sunday, November 4, before we go into incubation mode for a few months to prepare for everything that’s coming up this winter and spring.

Noe Valley Chamber Music features the best of the Bay Area and we are proud to be the Emerging Artists on their 20th anniversary season. The concert will feature works we’ve been playing around the Bay Area this fall – trios by Haydn, Jalbert, and Dvorak – as well as a work that’s new to us, a short single movement trio by Grieg. It’s very seldom played and we’re very much looking forward to presenting it.

So – the nitty gritty:

Noe Valley Chamber Music presents the Delphi Trio
Sunday, November 4, 2012
3:15 pre-concert chat, 4:00 concert
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco

For more info, click here… and for tickets, click here!

New Residency, New Works

The first concert of our series as Artists-in-Residence at Old First Concerts is coming up very soon! We are very excited to start this very special residency program; it’s the first that Old First has ever hosted and we are looking forward to our collaboration with them. We chose to center the three-concert series around commissioned works that we will be presenting this season — each of the three concerts will feature a world premiere as part of the program.

Our first concert of the series, on September 23 at 4 pm, will focus around Deltangi-ha (Nostalgies) by Sahba Aminikia. The new work is a set of musical “postcards” from Sahba’s childhood memories growing up in Iran during the Iran-Iraq War — it is a powerfully communicative piece of art and we can’t express enough how honored we are to have the privilege of bringing it to an audience for the first time.

Please come join us!

The Delphi Trio, Old First Concerts Artists-in-Residence
Pre-concert talk at 3:30 pm with Delphi and composer Sahba Aminikia
Concert begins at 4 pm
Old First Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento St. (at Van Ness), San Francisco
For tickets, call (415) 474-1608 or visit the Old First Concerts website.

Summer fun in the Midwest

We’re here in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as ensemble-in-residence at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival and have some fun news to share! First up is the live streaming broadcast of our concert tomorrow evening as part of Dakota Sky. The concert goes live at 7:30pm Central Time, but you can watch it any time later, too, as it will be archived and posted online. Click here to watch!

The other big piece of news is our concert happening next Thursday, August 9, in Chicago. We received a great shout out today in the Chicago Tribune from John von Rhein’s classical picks! The program will include Haydn, Dvorak, and Schubert’s Trout Quintet, featuring the talents of our dear collaborators Becca Wilcox and Jonathan Cegys. Generously presented by the Norris Cultural Arts Center, the concert will be at Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University (430 South Michigan Ave.) at 7:30pm. Tickets are $28, or $22 for students. To order, please click here or call 630-584-7200.