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.

2012-13 Season Preview

With the 2011-12 season coming to a close, we’re already gearing up for next season’s excitement. We have so many things to share with our lovely audiences this year, and we can’t wait to let you in on the fun!

The summer has us teaching at the Crowden Music Center‘s adult chamber music workshop from July 21-25. Then we are hopping in the car and taking a road trip out to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for our second year as ensemble in residence at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival. We will be teaching all week and then closing out the festival with our concert on August 4 — there’s no better way to end a summer than with some trios by Haydn and Dvorak, and then a collaboration with our friends in Sioux Falls on Schubert’s Trout Quintet.

In the fall, we are starting a residency on the Old First Concerts series. Our first concert will be September 23, and will be kicking off the premieres of the commissioning project we’ve been working so hard on through this past winter and spring. We will be sharing much more information about this as the time gets nearer!

Many more wonderful things are happening through the season, including performances on the Noe Valley Chamber Music series, an appearance on the Artist Series in Sarasota, Florida, and a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. We’ll be sure to keep you updated — the Concerts section of our website will have all of the info you need to come out and join us for some great music!

Happy Birthday, Franz Schubert!

In honor of your time on this planet, we are at the wonderful Banff Centre for two weeks learning your trios. Thank you for writing such incredibly sublime music!

Thank you SFCMIM submissions!

Thank you to all of you who submitted SFCMIM applications! We are currently processing and should have more information for you mid-February. Wonderful submissions!

SFCMIM Chamber Music Program

Hello to all chamber artists!

Want to concertize in the local Bay Area? Look no further! The Delphi Trio, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Chamber Music in Marin are partnering up to present:


The program is for serious chamber music groups looking to present a concert in the Bay Area. The program focuses and guides a group through the concertizing process, including programming, publicizing/marketing, and concert/venue management. Culminating in a public concert in the beautiful Novato United Methodist Church, this is a wonderful way to present the chamber music masterworks we all know/want to know and love!

Applications are due January 15. Please see the menu above “SFCMIM” for more details.


The Delphi Trio is excited to announce our upcoming collaborations with three upcoming and fabulously talented composers!

The music of Sahba Aminikia has raw energy and drive, but also hits home with stunning emotional depth. Liana worked closely with Sahba on his second string quartet, and his third string quartet was recently premiered by the Kronos Quartet. Sahba draws influences from jazz and his native Iran, and his music has been described by John Adams as “fabulous, colorful and persuasive.”

Max Stoffregen is a man of fascinating sounds. We’ve known Max for a while, and ran into him most recently while working on a completely unrelated, non-classical project with John Vanderslice this past summer. If you listen to the awesomely weird piano grooves that Max contributed to JV’s White Wilderness, you’ll have an idea of what Max is about — we thought he would come up with something really cool for us, and based on what we’ve seen so far, we were right!

Minna Choi is our artistic and entrepreneurial hero. Her vision and creative powers continue to put us in a state of awe every time we come across her work. Minna is the founder and artistic director of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, where Michelle and Liana have worked with her on a huge variety of projects for the last three years or so. We are so excited to have her on board with this collaboration!

We are going to be presenting all three premieres in the 2012-13 season, so stay tuned for more! We will be posting updates and previews as we begin to explore these new works so you can share in the collaboration and commission experience.

Marin and Redlands

We have a couple more concerts coming up this week, rounding off our fall trio-stravaganza! What a crazy couple of months it’s been…

First up we have:

Chamber Music in Marin
Friday, October 21 8:00 P.M., FREE! (Donations are always welcome, of course!)
Novato United Methodist Church
1473 South Novato Blvd., Novato CA

Then we move on to:

Redlands Chamber Music Society
Sunday, October 23 4:00 P.M. $20
University of Redlands
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall
1200 Colton Ave., Redlands CA

Both concerts include Mozart, Ravel, and Brahms.

We’re super excited to play these shows and we hope that we’ll see you there!