Praised for “…spot-on ensemble playing and abeautifully blended sound…” (San Francisco Classical Voice), the Delphi Trio burst onto the classical music scene in 2010 and has since become known for its intensity and communicative power. The Trio has performed in Europe, Canada, throughout California, and in the Midwest; members of the trio have individually performed in 17 countries on 4 continents.
The Delphi Trio has completed artistic residencies at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and is currently featured as artists-in-residence at Old First Concerts in San Francisco where they have juxtaposed classic repertoire and commissioned works written for Delphi. Highlights of the 2012-13 season include appearances with Artist Series Concerts in Sarasota, Florida, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and George Cleve, performances throughout Michigan as fellows at the Shouse Institute at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and a residency at the Bear Valley Music Festival under the direction of Michael Morgan. The Trio is a fiscally sponsored affiliate of the non-profit group Fractured Atlas, a service program dedicated to the support and promotion of the arts.
Delphi’s repertoire ranges from early trios of Haydn to works written yesterday with no specialization other than to play great music which speaks to them. The Trio’s approach to the standard repertoire has been described by Henk Guittart as “Integrity and sincerity combined with amazing musical depth and joy. I was deeply touched by their stunning performances of music by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Ravel.” They believe strongly in the importance of building on the traditional trio repertoire, and have commissioned and given acclaimed world premiere performances of Sahba Aminikia’s Deltangi-ha as well as Max Stoffregen’s Coyote Plan.
The Trio sees chamber music as an integral part of music education. In addition to having coached students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Crowden School in Berkeley, the Trio developed an innovative chamber music mentorship program at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival Young Artists Program in which the young pianists rehearsed and performed with members of the Trio. Delphi established its Emerging Artist Program to guide collegiate students through their first independent public concertizing experience.
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, members of the St. Lawrence Quartet, and Stephen Prutsman, and have worked with Menahem Pressler, Pedja Muzijevich, and Pamela Frank. As an ensemble, they have always made food and friendship a priority and believe that these elements are at the heart of great chamber music.