Helios Piano Trio
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About Helios Piano Trio
The dynamic, world-acclaimed Helios Piano Trio is comprised of University of Wyoming faculty. Known for their rich and diverse backgrounds as performers, they combine to produce probing and passionate interpretations of the great piano trio repertoire. In addition to their mountain west activities, Helios recently presented educational concerts as Ensemble in Residence for the Music For a Great Space series in North Carolina, at the Omaha Conservatory, and was the single United States representative ensemble invited to the International Debussy Centennial Conference in Oviedo, Spain in 2018. Their eclectic performance passes from Mendelssohn to Kats-Chernin, Piazzolla, and Schoenfeld. An evening not to be missed.
Cellist Beth Vanderborgh maintains a vigorous performing, teaching and recording career. She was top prizewinner of the Washington Society for Arts and Letters Cello Competition, as well as the Baltimore Chamber Awards. The Strad Magazine (London) praised her recent recording of the music of August Nölck as “Lyrical and technically accomplished…eloquent and persuasive”, and the Classical Voice of North Carolina describes her playing as “Impeccable musicianship, rhythmic precision, technical expertise, and expansive, passionate musicianship. Gorgeous music, exquisitely performed, and I do not believe I have overdone the superlatives.”
At the age of eleven, violinist John Fadial performed as soloist for President Gerald Ford, and since has sustained a multifaceted international career as chamber musician, concertmaster, soloist and pedagogue, performing in multiple styles, from the baroque to contemporary, earning critical acclaim: “Sparkling Technique,” (L’Est Republicain, France), “Wow! Great Stuff,” (The Washington Post). Fanfare states, “Fadial moves effortlessly among the composer’s subtle moods, voicing sentiment, melancholy, wistfulness and joyful lyricism with utter naturalness…these could hardly be bettered” (Brahms Sonatas, Centaur 2019). Fadial was a Grammy semifinalist for the disc Where Does Love Go: Chamber Music of Mark Engebretsen (Innova 2007) and collaborates regularly with leading musicians including Gerard Schwarz, Jennifer Higdon, and Libby Larsen.
Praised by Fanfare Magazine for her “astonishing” and “poetic piano playing” and “symphonic, expansive texture of breathless virtuosity” (Historical Keyboard Society), pianist Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series. Her concerts have been broadcast on NPR’s Simply Grand Concert Series and NPR-From The Top in Boston. Musicians and conductors with whom she has concertized include Karl-Heinz Steffens, Jonathan McPhee, Zuill Bailey, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Takács String Quartet, musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.