The Stratos Trio
featuring Cullan Bryant, piano
Program includes lively and breathtakingly beautiful music of three master composers: Beethoven String Trio, Grieg Violin Sonata and a Brahms Piano Quartet
Wednesday, January 2 7:30pm
$15 General Admission
$18 General Day of Show
$25 Reserved Seating
Stratos Trio consists of Michael Grossman, violin Elizabeth Prior, viola and Miriam Perkoff, cello
featuring Cullan Bryant, piano
The newly formed Stratos Trio is the serendipitous result of three friends winding up in the same town almost twenty years after first meeting and performing together. Cellist Miriam Perkoff and violist Elizabeth Prior were already living in the Bay Area when the conductorless string chamber orchestra Stratos, founded by Perkoff, first came to be in 1994. Nationwide auditions for Stratos, sponsored by Warner Brothers Records, attracted the attention of violinist Michael Grossman, then living in Oregon. The three musicians became prominent members of the orchestra and fast friends, rehearsing and recording intensively, not to mention sharing the occasional bottle of wine. Soon after, it was necessary for these three colleagues to go their separate ways, pursuing other performance opportunities. In 2011, fate guided the three to San Rafael, California, where they now live and make music together. Although the Stratos Trio is new, members Grossman, Prior, and Perkoff speak the same dialect of music-making fluently, and they represent the culmination of decades of chamber music performance, often presented in the premier concert halls of the U.S. and Europe.
String Trio in G major, Op. 9, No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Adagio; Allegro con brio
Adagio, ma non tanto, e cantabile
Sonata in C minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 45 by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Allegro molto ed appassionato
Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza
Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 26 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Allegro non troppo
Scherzo: Poco Allegro
Musical offerings include a lively and vigorous Beethoven String Trio, and a Grieg Violin Sonata, which Grieg himself considered to be among his finest works. And come hear why a noted Brahms scholar describes the luxuriant and lyrical Brahms A major Piano Quartet as music where “there are very few bars without hummable melodic content.”
Cullan Bryant is among the most active chamber and collaborative pianists in New York City, maintaining a schedule of over 70 recitals a year. He has performed with many world-class artists including Ju-Young Baek, Emanuel Borok, Colin Jacobsen, Misha Keylin, Oleh Krysa, Julia Lichten, Midori, Sviatoslav Moroz, Peter Rejto, Paul Tobias, members of the Amati, American, Arcata and Borromeo Quartets and members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Ballet Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Boston Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in such venues as Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Detroit's Orchestra Hall. Mr. Bryant made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1992 in recital with violinist Patmore Lewis.
Mr. Bryant's festival appearances have included the Long Island Beethoven Festival where he performed 16 Beethoven piano sonatas in a 2-day marathon, the Serenates de Platja d'Aro and the Porta Ferrada festivals in Spain, the Chateau de la Napoule in France, Lake Winnepesaukee Music Festival in New Hampshire, Palm Beach Invitational Series in Florida and the Shandelee Piano Festival in New York, among many others. Mr. Bryant has been on the faculty of the Academy of Music Summer Festival since 1999.
Cullan Bryant began playing the piano at age two, giving his first public recital at age six. At eleven, he toured campuses in his native Arkansas and in Texas, including several televised recitals. His prizes and awards include the Leschetizky International Competition, the National Arts Club of New York, the Memphis Beethoven Competition, Miami Arts Competition and a certificate of outstanding citizenship from Arkansas Governor Frank White. His college studies were with Robert Goldsand and Artur Balsam at the Manhattan School of Music. In July of 2002, he toured Japan in recitals with violinist Midori.
Michael Grossman has enjoyed a performance career as an orchestral player, chamber player and soloist. He has been Concertmaster of the Cape Cod Symphony, the Oregon Mozart Players, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the Portland Columbia Symphony. As a member and leader of the Bay Area string orchestra, Stratos, he recorded the first classical CD to be produced on the Warner Brothers label. Michael was a founding member of “Metolius”, the resident string quartet at Oregon State University.
In addition to years of performing throughout the Northwest, Michael has performed at concert halls in New York, Boston, and at the White House. A New Jersey native, Michael studied violin performance in New York, Boston and Portland. His teachers included Erick Friedman, Burton Kaplan, Roger Shermont, and Pierre d'Archambeau. A passionate teacher, he now lives in San Rafael, California, where he is Director of Strings at the Marin School of the Arts and maintains a private teaching studio.
A very active cellist, Miriam Perkoff performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras and is involved in a wide variety of chamber music and recording projects, including scores for film and video games at Skywalker Ranch. She can also be heard on two CD volumes of cello ensemble works on Delos Records, both of which were nominated for a Grammy Award.
Miriam co-founded the New Century Chamber Orchestra in 1992. She was a founding member of the Modern Arts Trio, a piano trio known for premiering works by composers from around the world and the San Francisco Cello Quartet. She also co-founded Stratos, a conductorless chamber orchestra that integrated multiple art forms into live performance. Stratos’ acclaimed CD is on Warner Brothers Records.
Other orchestra and festival appearances include the Grand Teton Music Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Midsummer Mozart Festival, and Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Opera Center, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Lake Tahoe Music Festival.
Miriam studied at Indiana University School of Music, and received her Masters degree from Yale University. Miriam performs on a cello created by Johannes Cuypers in 1776.
Elizabeth Prior is Principal Violist of the Santa Rosa Symphony and is Associate Principal with the Marin Symphony. She is also a season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet, and performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the New Century Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Other orchestral credits include the Freiburg Philharmonic (Associate Principal) and Cape Town Symphony. She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony, and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.
A native of South Africa, she was a prizewinner in the International String Competition in Pretoria and gave her debut at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. She tours regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble of Cologne in France and has done two recent tours with the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Other engagements include: Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Midsummer Mozart and Chamber Music San Francisco.