Praised for “…spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound…” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “…rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi…” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) the Delphi Trio has become a powerfully eloquent voice in the world of chamber music.
Prizewinners of the 2015 Orlando Concours in the Netherlands, the Delphi Trio performed throughout the region to great acclaim, including a live broadcast for Dutch Radio 4. 2016-2017 season highlights include the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Piano Trio, an evening of solo concerti by Schumann, Bernstein, and Shostakovich with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Barbara Day Turner, a recording project with indie rock artist John Vanderslice and composer Max Stoffregen, the west coast premiere of Paul Juon’s Episodes Concertantes (1912) with Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony, and performances throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C.
Following a triumphant orchestral debut in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto op.56 with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra led by the late George Cleve, the Delphi Trio has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Germany, including performances at the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, WFMT Studios Chicago, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.
The Delphi Trio is grounded in the immensely rich classic repertoire for piano trio and is committed to the exploration of its deep, lasting meaning for performers and audience alike. The Trio sees contemporary music as a natural extension of the standard repertoire and is dedicated to the music of our time. Delphi has given acclaimed world premieres of Max Stoffregen’s Coyote Plan (2013) and Sahba Aminikia’s Deltangi-ha (2012) and Shab o Meh (2014), and has commissioned William Bolcom to write his first piano trio, to be premiered during the 2016-17 season.
The Delphi Trio believes chamber music is an ideal model for education. As faculty of the Crowden School’s Summer Chamber Music Workshops, the Trio regularly coaches and mentors musicians of all ages. Delphi is committed to supporting young artists as they begin their careers and have established the Emerging Artist Program to guide collegiate students through their first independent public concertizing experience. The Trio also curates the Practice Project, a social media group dedicated to fostering community, openness, and vulnerability among both professional and amateur artists.
In addition to their work as a trio, Jeffrey, Liana, and Michelle perform in solo recital, larger chamber music, and as soloists with orchestra and believe in the symbiotic relationship between solo and collaborative work. They have individually performed with artists such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Anthony Marwood, Menahem Pressler, Geoff Nutall, Paul Katz, and the Alexander String Quartet.
Liana Bérubé, Michelle Kwon, and Jeffrey LaDeur are graduates of the University of Toronto, Stanford University and the Eastman School of Music respectively, and formed the Trio while studying in the prestigious Chamber Music Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They count among their mentors Henk Guittart, Bonnie Hampton, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and Stephen Prutsman, and have worked with Peter Wiley, Pedja Muzijevich, James Tocco, Anton Nel, and Pamela Frank.
As an ensemble, the Trio has always made food and friendship a priority and believe that these elements are at the heart of great chamber music. The ensemble is built on trust and communication; to that end, each Delphi rehearsal starts in the same way: a meal, conversation, and music.