Greetings listeners, supporters, and music-lovers all!
It has been quite an exciting year for us, with the release of our debut album, our commission with William Bolcom, and our full 2015-16 season starting in September. Needless to say we are excited to make some music! To add to the excitement, we are thrilled to announce our participation in the Orlando Festival and Competition, located in Kerkrade, the Netherlands. The Orlando competition is exclusively for Piano Trios this year, and we were honored to be the only group outside of Europe to be chosen to participate. The panel of judges is impressive to say the least, and we are eager to hear the stellar music-making of our competing colleagues as we play alongside them. We are also very excited to perform in the Orlando Festival, which takes place directly after the competition.
We are so honored as well by all the support we have received to make it to the competition itself. While the competition is extremely generous in offering some travel and boarding assistance, we were severely lacking in funding to fly four people (including Michelle’s cello, who is also a person!) to the Netherlands. We launched a fundraising campaign that was just incredibly successful, due to the generosity of supporters and donors like you. Thank you SO MUCH!!! If you are feeling left out of the campaign, not to worry! We are always in need of funding for our multiple projects, such as our commission with William Bolcom, The Practice Project, and much, much more. If you would like to make a donation, you can always visit our donation page here.
We are now hunkering down and in preparation mode– there are three rounds in the competition that we are most absolutely performing in, one of which includes a freshly commissioned piece. While much of the repertoire is familiar to us, we are constantly discovering new twists and turns, finding insights that our younger selves may have missed, and working thoughtfully and carefully towards evolutions of ourselves as performers and our performances of each piece. It is the best job in the world! We will keep you updated as we delve further into the preparation process– you can find all of our musings here at our blog.
Thank you again to all of our supporters, and we wish you all the very best in this lovely summer!
Michelle, Liana, and Jeff