Smithsonian Castle Trio
|An audience listening to the Castle Trio experiences a unique and exhilarating sensation: it is as though they are hearing familiar masterpieces of the classical and romantic era for the first time. The three extraordinary musicians of the Castle Trio delight in revitalizing the repertoire of the piano trio while performing on period instruments and employing historically based performance styles.
The members of the Castle Trio have been performing together since 1984. Their repertoire now stretches from Haydn to Ives, and includes many little-known works as well as the major staples of the repertoire. Their concerts have been enjoyed by music lovers across the United States and Canada and in locations as diverse as England and Central America.
They have recorded the complete trios of Beethoven, as well as the works of Schubert, Dvorak and Smetana, for which they have received several awards and universal critical acclaim. Their appearances as trio-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, on instruments from the museum’s renowned collection, always draw capacity crowds.
“Any fear that concerns for authentic period sound and performance style might mute projection is immediately banished by the Castle Trio’s rhythmic vitality, sharp-pointed accentuation and keenness of response. Their textural and dynamic contrasts make you listen to this music with new ears.” — Gramophone (London)
“Fragrant, vital, altogether convincing music-making” — Fanfare Magazine
“With gut strings, vintage pianos, tuning to the lower pitches of bygone days and observance of older performance practices, they make familiar music seem fresh and new.” — The Washington Post
“This is a trio of real virtuoso players who savor the sonority of the old instruments and who play beautifully together.” — BBC Record Review