On Thursday, January 12, 2012, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented An Evening with Canada’s Award-Winning Gryphon Trio.

GryphonThe Gryphon Trio
Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin
Roman Borys, cello
Jamie Parker, piano

Having impressed international audiences and the press with their highly refined, dynamic performances, the Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios.  With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.

Pushing the boundaries of chamber music, the Trio has commissioned and premiered over seventy-five new works from established and emerging composers around the world and has collaborated on special projects with clarinetist James Campbell, actor Colin Fox, choreographer David Earle, and a host of jazz luminaries at Lula Lounge, Toronto’s leading venue for jazz and world music. Their most ambitious undertaking to date is a groundbreaking multimedia production of composer Christos Hatzis’s epic work Constantinople, scored for mezzo-soprano, Middle Eastern singer, violin, cello, piano, and electronic audiovisual media, which they have brought to audiences across North America and at the Royal Opera House in London.

Gryphon cellist Roman Borys is in his fourth season as Artistic Director of Ottawa’s Chamberfest, the largest festival of chamber music in North America, where the Trio has been a mainstay since the festival’s inception in 1994. Annalee Patipatanakoon and Jamie Parker serve as the OICMS’s Artistic Advisors.

The ensemble-in-residence at Music Toronto for ten years, the Gryphon Trio tours extensively throughout North America and Europe. The group’s flagship educational project Listen Up! launched in the 2010-11 season in Almonte, Ontario. Created by the Trio in collaboration with composer Andrew Staniland and music educator Rob Kapilow, Listen Up! involves an entire school in the creation of a new work for choir and piano trio.  The project continues in 2011-12 in the communities of Hamilton and Midland, Ontario, and will travel to Kingston, Ontario in 2012-13.

The Trio’s fifteen celebrated recordings are an encyclopedia of works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Lalo, Shostakovich, and Piazzolla. Their most recent recording of piano trios by Ludwig van Beethoven was acknowledged with a 2011 Juno Award from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the Best Classical Album: Solo and Chamber Music category. This was the Trio’s second Juno Award, having previously won for their 2004 release Canadian Premieres, featuring new works by leading Canadian composers.

Deeply committed to the education of the next generations of audiences and performers alike, the Gryphons take time out of their busy touring schedule to conduct master classes and workshops at universities and conservatories across North America, and are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.  In addition to Listen Up!, the Trio’s educational initiatives include a series of in-depth lecture performances with composer Gary Kulesha that examine the art of chamber music through the centuries, and the Young Composers Program at Toronto’s Claude Watson Arts High School.

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