Stefan Jackiw, violin; Conrad Tao, piano; Jay Campbell, cello
Three visionary next-generation artists combine internationally recognized talents in the eclectic new ensemble, Junction Trio. The Trio has performed at Washington Performing Arts, Portland Ovations, Rockport Music, Chautauqua Institution, and the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. After their electrifying debut last summer, the Trio returns to the Aspen Music Festival in Summer 2019 to premiere a new work written by Tao alongside Beethoven’s crown jewel of trios, “Archduke.”
Upcoming performances in the 2019-2020 season include debuts including Orange County Philharmonic Society; Cliburn Concerts; People’s Symphony Concerts; National Gallery in Washington, DC; Chamber Music Albuquerque; BIG ARTS Sanibel; Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society; Tuesday Musical in Akron, Ohio; and Valley Classical Concerts in Northampton, Massachusetts, as well as performances of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.
Admired for combining poetic interpretation with impeccable technique, violinist Stefan Jackiw joins cellist Jay Campbell and pianist and composer Conrad Tao, whom the New York Times has called a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision.” Campbell, too, has been praised by the New York Times as “electrifying,” approaching old and new works with the same curiosity and emotional commitment.
"Watching the trio perform, one really couldn’t tell who was happier to be there — the rapt audience or the musicians, who threw themselves into repertoire they clearly love.... These three are onto something special."
— The Boston Globe
"Bracing technique and jaw-dropping precision... A sense of unity, especially in dynamics and rhythmic thrust, made the Ravel Trio come together impressively."
— Aspen Times
"I don’t expect to hear anything more exciting this summer than the Junction Trio’s astounding interpretation, especially the second movement which left me giggling with joy. The third movement sounded simply glorious—so evocative that it seemed these players had the power to change the weather; suddenly the sun started peeking through after a long spell of rain. There is nothing like hearing — and seeing — electrifying performers work their magic live. This top-notch trio stands at the top of its game. They made this treacherously difficult music sound entirely natural and fun, while still inspiring awe."
— Boston Musical Intelligencer