Morrison Artists Series: Peabody Trio

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:00 pm
Photo of the Peabody Trio holding instruments
A vivid interpreter of the classics and an enthusiastic advocate for new music, the Peabody Trio plays with "a beautifully polished, lush sound … luminous!" (The New York Times). Pre-concert talk: 2pm. Master class: December 3, 6 - 8pm, McKenna Theatre. Free.
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center
SF State Box Office
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Please note: Tickets are no longer available online for this performance. A limited number of tickets are expected to be available the day of the performance. Sign up in person for a wait list starting at 1pm December 4. Tickets will be released and distributed as they become available starting at 1pm.

“Breathtaking gusto … an exuberant, right-on-the-mark performance.”
— Chicago Tribune

“This group’s vitality and courage continue to be amazing. … One of the nation’s great undersung chamber ensembles … shimmering beauty.”
— San Francisco Chronicle

“Incandescent playing of great verve and sensitivity.”
— The Los Angeles Times


Peabody Trio

  • Violaine Melançon, Violin
  • Natasha Brofsky, Cello
  • Seth Knopp, Piano

Since winning the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1989, the Peabody Trio has established itself as an important presence in the chamber music world as a vivid interpreter of the classics of the repertoire, an advocate for new music and a dedicated teacher and mentor to a generation of young musicians. The trio brings to its music making what the Washington Post calls “the romantic fervor of the 20th century greats.” 

The Peabody Trio gave its New York debut in 1990 at Alice Tully Hall and has since performed in the most important chamber music series in North America, including New York, Washington, Chicago, Denver, Vancouver, Montreal, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Internationally, the Peabody Trio tours frequently in England, making repeat appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, and in Japan and Israel. Its reputation as a champion of new music garnered the trio an invitation to the first biennale for contemporary music, Tempus Fugit, in Tel Aviv. 

The Peabody Trio’s festival appearances include Tanglewood, Skaneateles, Cape and Islands and Rockport, and radio broadcasts include performances on Saint Paul Sunday Morning, Performance Today, Morning Pro Musica, CBC, Radio-Canada, WGBH in Boston and WQXR in New York. The Peabody Trio collaborates frequently with eminent artists such as clarinetist Charles Neidich, violists Roger Tapping and Maria Lambros, soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, baritone William Sharp and actor Andre De Shields. 

The Peabody Trio serves as the resident faculty ensemble of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, a position it has held since 1989. The trio spends summers as ensemble-in-residence at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival in Putney, Vermont. 

The Peabody Trio celebrated its 20th season in 2007 – 08 with the release of the Beethoven Trios Opus 1, Nos. 1 and 3 on Artek Records, the second in its series of the complete piano trios of Beethoven. The recording was hailed by Gramophone as “bold, flexible and vibrant,” while the Baltimore Sun praised its “vibrancy and expressive flair.” In 2004 the trio released the Beethoven Opus 70 Trios, which won acclaim from Strad Magazine as “some of the most accomplished Beethoven Trio playing … heard in many a year.” Previously the trio has recorded for New World Records and CRI. 


  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827): Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op 1, No. 3 (1793)
  • Charles Ives (1874 – 1954): Trio for violin, cello and piano (1904-1911, rev. 1914-1915).
  • Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904): Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 (1883).