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Neave Trio - 2025

Neave Trio - Apr. 11, 2025


The Neave Trio returns after their first concert here in the fall of 2019. Since forming in 2010, GRAMMY®–nominated Neave Trio–violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura–has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. New York's classical music radio station WQXR explains, "'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant,' both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making." Gramophone has praised the trio's "taut and vivid interpretations," while The Strad calls out their "eloquent phrasing and deft control of textures" and BBC Music Magazine describes their performances as balancing "passion with sensitivity and grace."

Neave has performed at many esteemed concert series and at festivals worldwide, including Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 92nd Street Y, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Series (United Kingdom), and the Samoylov and Rimsky Korsakow Museums' Chamber Music Series in St. Petersburg (Russia). The trio has held residency positions at Brown University, University of Virginia, Longy School of Music of Bard College, San Diego State University as the first-ever Fisch/Axelrod Trio-in-Residence, and the Banff Centre (Canada), among many other institutions. Neave Trio was also in residence at the MIT School of Architecture and Design in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Richard Colton. During the 2023-24 season, the Neave Trio became the inaugural Ensemble-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Their Boise program, “Origin Story,” features four composers whose heritages and musical influences are heard in their work. Of her Four Folk Songs, composer Gabriela Lena Frank says the work “loosely draws inspiration from the melodic motifs and rhythms of my mother’s homeland, Perú.” Josef Suk presented his piano trio to Dvořák in a composition masterclass, who made recommendations that influenced the final work we hear today. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Five Negro Melodies for Piano Trio works are based on African and African American melodies from several geographical regions. In the year of Smetana’s 200th birthday, the Neave Trio concludes by celebrating with his only piano trio, highlighting the influence of Chopin, Liszt, and Schumann.



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