The Delphi Trio | bios
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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.

Bay Area native Michelle Kwon holds B.A. and M.M. degrees in Violoncello Performance from Stanford University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and studied with Christopher Costanza and Jennifer Culp, respectively. Although trained as a classical musician, she is enthusiastic and pursues many different styles of music in hopes of blurring the defined lines of genre.

A passionate chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Delphi Trio. She has collaborated with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, and Edgar Meyer, and has worked with Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann, Russell Sherman, and the St. Lawrence, Alexander, and Julliard String Quartets. Her other chamber music endeavors have included collaborations with folk and jazz artists such as Carlos Santana, Kenny Endo and the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, Tin Hat, and Quartet San Francisco. She has also performed as a Fellow at both the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

An equally enthusiastic orchestral player, she performed with the inaugural YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and holds positions with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, and Michael Tilson Thomas, and recently recorded the Kreutzer Concerti with violinist Axel Strauss under the Naxos label.

She is also a member of the Magik*Magik Orchestra of San Francisco, and under artistic director Minna Choi, she has collaborated with rock and pop artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, Charlie Wilson, and John Vanderslice. Through the orchestra, she has recorded for two Grammy-nominated albums.

Her other interests include East Asian folk percussion and martial arts.

Jeffrey LaDeur enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. Praised for his “articulate, expressive work at the keyboard” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “…dazzling pianism…” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) Jeffrey has concertized around the world including performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Eastman Theater, Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, and Banff Centre for the Arts. His performances have been broadcast over WFMT Chicago, South Dakota Public Radio and America’s Music Festivals hosted by Marin Alsop. At the invitation of the Naumburg Foundation, Jeffrey made his Carnegie debut in Weill Recital Hall in March 2015.

As soloist with orchestra, Jeffrey made an auspicious debut with the Eastman Philharmonia performing César Franck’s Variations Symphoniques during his first semester of study at the Eastman School of Music. Recent orchestral engagements include concertos with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra, and Denver Philharmarnic, collaborating with esteemed conductors such as George Cleve, Lawrence Golan, Michael Morgan, and Neil Varon. Jeffrey began the 2015-2016 season with a performance of Mozart’s Concerto in d minor K.466 with the Merced Symphony and music director, Ming Luke.

LaDeur has performed in recital throughout the United States including appearances at the Kennedy Center, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, and PianoForte Studios, Chicago. Jeffrey draws on his love of and experience with French music to offer Le Chemin Illuminé, the complete solo piano music of Claude Debussy in the context of his inspirations and influences.

A passionate chamber musician, LaDeur is a founding member of the acclaimed Delphi Trio. The Trio maintains an international concert schedule and has performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, WFMT Chicago, the Banff Centre, and many presitigous series throughout California. Prize winners of the 2015 Orlando Competition in Kerkrade, the Delphi Trio concertized throughout the Netherlands and Germany, including a broadcast for Dutch Radio 4. In addition to his activities with the Trio, Jeffrey has collaborated with artists such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Geoff Nuttall, Ian Swensen, Axel Strauss, the Telegraph Quartet, and the Afiara Quartet.

Education through music is central to LaDeur’s mission as a performer. Jeffrey is a faculty member of the Crowden Music Center and serves as piano faculty for the school’s after school chamber music program and summer chamber music workshop. LaDeur is also on faculty of Young Chamber Musicians, an intensive chamber music program in partnership with Kohl Mansion in Burlingame. With his colleagues Liana Berube and Michelle Kwon of the Delphi Trio, he has developed a program for emerging artists which guides serious young ensembles through their first professional concert experience.

Jeffrey completed his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Douglas Humpherys and earned a Masters Degree in chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Yoshikazu Nagai. LaDeur completed additional studies with Robert McDonald through the Taos School of Music and has worked with members of the Saint Lawrence, Brentano, and Borromeo Quartets. Jeffrey received his formative musical training from Mark Edwards and Annie Sherter, a student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot.