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Praised for “…spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound…” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “…rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi…” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) the Delphi Trio has become a powerfully eloquent voice in the world of chamber music.

Prizewinners of the 2015 Orlando Concours in the Netherlands, the Delphi Trio has performed in Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, and across the United States. Recent highlights include the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Piano Trio; a concerto residency with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Barbara Day Turner; the west coast premiere of Paul Juon’s Episodes Concertantes (1912) with Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony; and performances throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and WFMT Studios Chicago.

The Delphi Trio is grounded in the immensely rich classic repertoire for piano trio and is committed to the exploration of its deep, lasting meaning for performers and audience alike. The Trio sees contemporary music as a natural extension of the standard repertoire and is therefore dedicated to the music of our time. Delphi has given acclaimed world premieres of William Bolcom’s Piano Trio (2014), Max Stoffregen’s Coyote Plan (2013) and Sahba Aminikia’s Deltangi-ha (2012) and Shab o Meh (2014). The Trio will be premiering a new work by Evan Price, composer and jazz violinist formerly of the Turtle Island Quartet, in the 2017-18 season.

The Delphi Trio believes chamber music is an ideal model for education. Delphi is committed to supporting young artists as they begin their careers and has established their Emerging Artist Program to collaborate with collegiate students in their first professional chamber music concert. The Trio also curates the Practice Project, a social media group dedicated to fostering community, openness, and vulnerability among both professional and amateur artists.

The ensemble is built on trust and communication; to that end, each Delphi rehearsal starts in the same way – a meal, conversation, and music.

The artistry of violinist Liana Bérubé is inextricably intertwined with self-knowledge and self-compassion. Her openly expressive aesthetic, described as  “searching mastery” (Charleston Gazette-Mail), has been heard in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She is co-founder and violinist of the Delphi Trio. Concerto performances include appearances with Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She has been heard on NPR, CBC, VH1, WFMT Chicago, and Dutch Radio 4, and has collaborated with artists such as Anthony Marwood, Elizabeth Blumenstock, the Alexander String Quartet, Tanya Tomkins, Eric Zivian, and Jennifer Frautschi. Concert appearances include Chamber Music Concerts Ashland, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Orlando Festival, Artist Series of Sarasota, Kronos Festival, Morrison Artist Series, Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society, Valley of the Moon Music Festival, the Verbier Festival, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, among others.

Liana has a passion for unusual and challenging projects that has led her in many strange and nontraditional directions. She is concertmaster of the Magik*Magik Orchestra in San Francisco, with whom she frequently records and appears live. She has recorded on two GRAMMY-nominated albums, has played in concert with Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Sting, Death Cab for Cutie, Chicago, and others, and performed at the 2015 TED conference. She was concertmaster for the premiere screening of the reconstruction of Abel Gance’s 1927 landmark film, Napoleon, which drew international audiences from the film community, and she is often part of the band for Pop Up Magazine, a live podcast show.

Liana strongly believes in listening to deeper currents, intuition, subconscious, and instinct, with the goal of following the innate knowledge of one’s personal truth. She is the founder and curator of the Practice Project, a social media community dedicated to encouraging a culture of openness, honesty, and vulnerability within the classical music and wider artistic communities. Liana also brings her intuitive approach into performance, trying to understand a composer’s intent and meaning within and beyond the markings on the page. This fascination has led her to early historical recordings and late 19th century performance practice, where one often hears composers or friends of composers playing music from the now-standard repertoire. Liana is intrigued by the role of performer as composer – or composer as performer – and occasionally fills both roles herself.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Liana Bérubé studied at the University of Toronto and in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Master’s degree program. Her principal teachers have included David Zafer, Lise Elson, Axel Strauss, and Annalee Patipatanakoon, and she has been mentored and substantially influenced by Mark Sokol and Henk Guittart. She is currently acting concertmaster of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. When not playing the violin or thinking about art in general, Liana is an enthusiastic cook who loves food and annoying her two sassy cats.

Cellist Tanya Tomkins is equally at home on Baroque and modern instruments. She is renowned in particular for her interpretation of the Bach Cello Suites, having recorded them for the Avie label and performed them many times at venues such as New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Seattle Early Music Guild, Vancouver Early Music Society, and The Library of Congress.

Tanya is one of the principal cellists in San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra. On modern cello, she is a long-time participant at the Moab Music Festival in Utah, Music in the Vineyards in Napa, and a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.

As an educator, Tanya has given master classes at Yale, Juilliard, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. With co-Director and life partner, the pianist, Eric Zivian, she is Artistic Director and co-Founder of Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma.

Described as “brilliant” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, pianist Allegra Chapman is dedicated to engaging with new audiences as performer, presenter, and educator. She is founding artistic codirector and executive director of Bard Music West, a new San Francisco music festival that explores the worlds of contemporary and twentieth-century composers. From 2019-2021, she will be a resident curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Allegra’s performances have been broadcast on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, and KALW San Francisco.

Performance highlights include Alice Tully Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, and festivals including New York City Center’s Fall for Dance, and the Aspen, Bard, and Kneisel Hall music festivals. She has collaborated with renowned artists including members of International Contemporary Ensemble and the Eusebius, Orion, and Telegraph String Quartets, and worked with Charles Wuorinen and Joan Tower, among many other living composers. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and UC Berkeley’s Eco Ensemble.

Allegra is currently a faculty member at MTSY Studio in Xi’an China and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College division. Allegra studied with Jeremy Denk and Peter Serkin at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and with Seymour Lipkin and Julian Martin at The Juilliard School.

To learn more about Allegra, please visit www.allegrachapman.com.

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