“The trio allowed silences to stretch and breathe, both drawing out tension and heightening the contrast between their playing and the ambient noise in the hall. Amidst the strange clamor of these pieces, silence became unusually charged.” – Cleveland Classical
Chartreuse is violinist Myra Hinrichs (Chicago), violist Carrie Frey (New York City), and cellist Helen Newby (San Francisco). The tricoastal trio aims to take advantage of the distance by pooling the strengths of their chosen cities, commissioning new works from composers across the U.S. and in Norway and collaborating with fellow performers in each of their musical residences on "Chartreuse +/-" projects. The trio has toured extensively in the U.S. Northeast, the Midwest, and California, as well as in Norway.
Uniquely devoted to repeat performances and developing the string trio repertoire through adventurous commissions, Chartreuse has premiered works by Kurt Isaacson, Peter Swendsen, Katherine Young, Marek Poliks, Bethany Younge, David Bird, Tyler Futrell, and Aaron Holloway-Nahum, among others. Cleveland Classical described the trio’s performance of Isaacson’s work as “a maelstrom almost tactile in its grittiness.”
Helen, Myra, and Carrie are devoted educators in each of their cities of residence. As a trio they have given performances and workshops for students of all ages at institutions including SUNY Fredonia, Oberlin College's Winter Term Chamber Music Intensive, the Norges Musikkhøgskole in Oslo, Toneheim Folkehøgskole, Tromsø University, and Kendal at Oberlin.
The trio has been invited for four consecutive years to develop new repertoire in residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Festival. This season, they will join the premiere Barnes Ensemble, performing with members of the JACK Quartet; tour the West Coast with the Permutations Series; debut at the Arts Club of Chicago; record their first full album; and tour the East Coast from New York and Lancaster, PA to Georgia.
Like the liqueur with which Chartreuse shares its name, the trio’s flavor gains complexity and strength with age. “They are committed to the cause of new music, and they know how to convey that commitment through their playing.” (Cleveland Classical, 1/2015)
Photos like the one in the header are by Tanya Rosen Jones.
Cleveland Classical interview with Mike Telin, 1/2015
I Care If You Listen 5 Questions with Larry and Arlene Dunn, 1/2015
Cleveland Classical review, Mike Telin and Daniel Hautzinger, 1/2015