Pyxis Piano Trio
Currently on Market Street Music's YouTube Channel
MarSchelat Piano Quartet; Hailstork Three Spirituals; Brahms Piano Quartet in g minor, Op.25, with guest violist, Hannah Rose Nicholas
Friday June 11, 2021, 7:00 PM
Four Seasons and More for Piano Trio
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE
Vivaldi Four Seasons; Piazzolla "Spring" from Four Seasons; Coleridge-Taylor My Lord Delivered Daniel; Andrew Lloyd Weber Pie Jesu
Saturday June 12, 2021, 2:00 PM
MFour Seasons and More for Piano Trio
The Church of Saint Luke & The Epiphany, Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday June 23, 2021, 5:30 PM
Four Seasons and More for Piano Trio
Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Philadelphia, PA
Monday August 23, 2021
Shannondell at Valley Forge, PA
Sunday September 26, 2021, 3:00 PM
German Society of Pennsylvania
Tuesday September 28, 2021
Wednesday November 10, 2021
Kendal at Longwood, PA
Formed in 2021 by members of the Pyxis Piano Quartet, the Pyxis Piano Trio continues to perform chamber music works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire. Founded in 2009, the Quartet had become a vibrant presence in the mid-Atlantic region, known for compelling, engaging, and informative performances.
Music critic Christine Facciolo writes that "balance, superb intonation and sensitive interpretation characterized [their] performance."
Pyxis has been heard to great acclaim along the East Coast in concerts from Virginia to Pennsylvania. Beginning their second decade, Pyxis remains artists in residence for series at both the Delaware Art Museum and with Market Street Music’s Festival Concerts (Wilmington, DE). Recent performance highlights have included return engagements at the German Society of Pennsylvania, the Newark (DE) Free Library, the "Celebrate the Arts"series at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, the Kent Chamber Music Series (MD), Saint Monica’s Church (Berwyn, PA), the Smyrna Opera House (DE) and debut appearances at the Cultural Center at the Havre de Grace Opera House (MD) and the Annie M. Gaul Concert Series at St. John’s (Hain’s) Church (Wernersville, PA). Other notable performances include the Delaware Symphony’s Champagne Chamber Series at the DuPont Hotel Gold Ballroom, Concerts on the Square at Holy Trinity Church Rittenhouse (Philadelphia PA), a benefit for the Harmony for Peace Foundation, and recitals as featured artists at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival and at Villanova University.
Pyxis believes in the importance of the music of our time and has collaborated with composers Ingrid Arauco, Chuck Holdeman, and David Schelat, and also delights in working with esteemed musical guests. Past guests have been faculty members from the University of Delaware, James Madison University, Pennsylvania’s School of the Arts, College of New Jersey and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Relache Ensemble, Serafin String Quartet, and Copeland String Quartet.
The musicians of Pyxis are also committed educators. As private instructors they have a significant impact on their community, reaching over 80 students on a weekly basis. The ensemble has performed and coached sectionals and chamber music for the Delaware Orchestral and Chamber Music Institute and the American String Teachers’ Association festival in Washington Township, NJ. They have presented educational concerts for children at the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Montessori School, Saint Monica’s School, and in southern Delaware under the auspices of Coastal Concerts, Inc.
The group takes its name from the Pyxis constellation, also known as the Mariners’ Compass, whose symbol is the compass rose. The points of the compass rose represent the new artistic directions that the group strives to take together while recognizing the different backgrounds and experiences of its musicians.