On Saturday, December 6, 2014, Music at the Institute presented a concert New Names – The Aletheia Piano Trio. Works by Lyashenko, Beethoven, Mendelssohn performed by violinist Francesca dePasquale, cellist Juliette Herlin and pianist Fei-Fei Dong.

Francesca dePasquale, violin
Juliette Herlin, cello
Fei-Fei Dong, piano

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Comprised of violinist Francesca dePasquale, cellist Juliette Herlin, and pianist Fei-Fei Dong, the Aletheia Piano Trio is quickly rising to acclaim for its impassioned energy, musical integrity, and formidable ensemble playing. Formed in 2013 at The Juilliard School, the trio has already performed at the Rose Studio and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York and the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has coached with such artists as David Finckel, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Ida Kavafian, Merry Peckham, and Vivian Weilerstein. Additionally, the trio recently attended the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, performing as an ensemble and with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, and Donald Weilerstein.

Members of the Aletheia Piano Trio bring together an extraordinary background of chamber music experience and cultural explorations. They have collaborated with, among others, the Brentano String Quartet, Gérard Caussé, Paul Coletti, Jérôme Ducros, Jennifer Frautschi, Ronald Leonard, Robert Levin, Robert McDuffie, and Jérôme Pernoo. They have performed as featured artists for the Olympic Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Music in the Vineyards, Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music series, Colburn Chamber Music Society, and Les vacances de Monsieur Haydn.

In addition to performing the classical repertoire, the Aletheia Piano Trio is committed to supporting the creation of new music for the piano trio medium. Upcoming projects include collaboration with composer and fellow Juilliard alumnus Michael Ippolito on the premiere of his large-scale composition.

The ensemble is named for Aletheia, the Greek concept of sincerity, which celebrates the trio’s approach to realizing musical works, as well as its members’ connection with each other and their audiences.