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About The Aspen String Trio
The Aspen String Trio is one of the rare professional string trios performing and touring today. Summer faculty colleagues at the Aspen Festival and School, AST members have been playing together for more than twenty years: violinist David Perry, violist Victoria Chiang, and cellist Mike Mermagen.
Celebrated for virtuoso performance offered with humor and insight, AST performs the complete trios of Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert, as well as lesser known blockbuster works by Dohnanyi, Hindemith, Martinů, Rozsa, Gideon Klein, Veress, Villa-Lobos and Ysaÿe, among others.
Recent engagements include the Los Angeles Music Guild and the National Gallery of Art, as well as residencies in Texas, Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama, Delaware, Washington and Colorado. For six seasons AST was Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Baltimore. During the 2017-2018 season the trio’s tours include concert engagements and teaching residencies throughout Iowa, Georgia, South Carolina, and New York, often collaborating with host colleagues on piano quintets and quartets, and string sextets.
As teaching faculty at distinguished universities and conservatories, Trio members are committed to incorporating educational components into all residencies. In addition to standard masterclasses, they offer a unique variety of classes and workshops covering topics such as The Business of Music, Poetry, Creative Writing, and Management, all developed to address aspects of students’ professional lives, and to tie in Classical Music with other areas of their study.
About the Guest Artist Series
The 2017-2018 Petrie School of Music season includes the fifth annual Guest Artist Series, a series of free-admission concerts and educational events open to the public. Designed to enhance the other offerings of the Petrie School—the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series, ensemble concerts, faculty recitals, student recitals, and the Lawson Series—GAS features an eclectic mix of soloists, ensembles and clinicians.
We gratefully acknowledge the following for support of the Guest Artist Series: The Elizabeth Woodward Cornelson, Class of 1927 and George H. Cornelson III Endowment, the Charles A Dana Foundation Guest Artist Series Endowment, and the Elizabeth Jennings Caughman Music Performance Endowment, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.