“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 string trio is violinist Myra Hinrichs (Chicago), violist Carrie Frey (New York City), and cellist Helen Newby (San Francisco). The tricoastal trio pools the strengths of their cities of residence, commissioning new works from composers across the globe and collaborating with fellow performers on "Chartreuse +/-" projects. The trio has toured extensively in the U.S. Northeast, the Midwest, and California, as well as in Norway.

Uniquely committed 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, Leah Asher, David Bird, Tyler Futrell, Daniel Tacke, Kristina Warren, and Aaron Holloway-Nahum, among others. Cleveland Classical described the trio in concert as “a maelstrom almost tactile in its grittiness.”

Equally devoted to education, the trio has 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, middle schools in Philadelphia and Cleveland, and Kendal at Oberlin.

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