"The Avery Ensemble's musicians' great love for this music shines through in every bar,
thanks to the eloquence of their tone and phrasing." The Strad
More than the sum of its members, Avery Ensemble's 20 year synergy and "outside the box" programming have been praised by Milton Moore of New London's The Day as "designed to shake the cobwebs off chamber music. . . . the best concert of this, or any season!" Frequent guests, new music, historically-informed early music, thematic unity and diversity in configuration lend a compelling versatility and variety to Avery's performances, praised by Audiophile Audition as "marvelous," and by the Classical Voice of New England as "committed. . . excellent. . . amazing and persuasive. . . . . simply outstanding." Recent engagements include appearances as guests of the Chamber Music Society of Central Kentucky, the Rossmoor Music Association in New Jersey, Coe Hall in New York, and the Theatro São Pedro in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Avery Ensemble was First Prize Winner of the 2016 American Prize in Chamber Music and the focus of an article in the Summer 2016 issue of Chamber Music America's Chamber Music Magazine.
Avery excels in historically informed performance of early music, and in 2017 launched a new CD of works by Biber, Schoenfield, and Creston, as well as Mozart's Quartet in g minor, K. 478, performed as would have been common in 1785, with harpsichord as the keyboard instrument. Further Avery recordings include piano trios by Mendelssohn and Copland (2000), and piano quartets by Brahms, Mahler and Schnittke (Zephyr, 2007). Avery recently published the only extant recording of Rubin Goldmark's Piano Quartet, available on youtube.com.
The Avery Ensemble has been sought out for premiere recordings of music by living composers, and commercial recordings of Avery premieres are available on Ablaze Records (2011) and Parma Records (2014). Avery's 2018 new music activity included the Hartt School New Music Recording Residency, as well as performing the primiere of "We are Making a New World for Piano Quartet and Narrator," a work written in 2018 for Avery Ensemble by composer David MacBride.