"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.

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Violinist Annie Trépanier's playing has been hailed by The Boston Globe as "supercharged, clear-headed, yet soulful." She has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and South America, and has been heard regularly in national broadcasts on Radio-Canada, CBC and NPR. In addition to her work with Avery Ensemble, she is a member of  Cuatro Puntos, a collective of chamber musicians dedicated to global cooperation and peace through the performance and teaching of music worldwide. She also performs regularly as a guest with the Adaskin String Trio and is Concertmaster of Aternus, a New England based chamber orchestra. She is a former member of the New World Trio and the Diabelli String Quartet and has recorded for the CRI, New World, Ongaku, & Zephyr labels. She hold a Bachelor of Music from McGill University, a Master of Music from the University of Ottawa, and a Graduate Professional Diploma and Artist Diploma from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford.

Violin

ANNIE TRÈPANIER

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Violist Steve Larson is a Senior Artist Teacher at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, where he has taught since 1998 and has served both as Chair for Strings and Chair of Chamber Music. He is a founding member of the acclaimed oboe, viola and piano trio, Ensemble Schumann, and the equally renowned Adaskin String Trio. He also performs regularly with Avery Ensemble and Cuatro Puntos, both on tour and in highly regarded Hartford-area concert series. Larson is Principal Viola of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and Chair of Viola Studies for the intensive string chamber music program at the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy in Virginia. He is a former member of the Alcan String Quartet and has performed as a guest with groups such as the  Emerson Quartet and the Lions Gate Trio as well as with orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony and National Arts Center Orchestra. At the 1997 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in the United Kingdom he won second prize and received the special award for his performance of the commissioned work. He plays an exceptional 17-3/8 inch viola made by Helmuth Keller in 1981.​

Viola

STEVE LARSON

Hans Twitchell's international concertizing has included engagements in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, Brazil and Argentina. He has served as principal cellist of both the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in Texas and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and has appeared as a guest with the Emerson String Quartet.  Recent season highlights include a performance of Alfred Schnittke's Cello Sonata no. 2 at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, C.P.E. Bach's A-major Concerto with the Filarmonia Catarinense to a sold-out hall at the Teatro Ademir Rosa in Florianópolis and a recital of French gamba music at the Colóquio Quinard in São Paulo. Dr. Twitchell has recorded on the New England Viola da Gamba Society Record Label and NovoDisc Midia Digital da Amazonia, and is a professor of cello at the State University of Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brazil.

Cello / Viola da gamba

HANS TWITCHELL

Adriana Jarvis began piano studies at the age of four, and by sixteen had performed as soloist with orchestra four times. At age eleven her performance with the Utah Symphony was reviewed as "a reading of power and penetration, which at the same time found room for . . . the music's poetry." She is an active chamber musician and soloist both on piano and harpsichord, praised for her ability to "shift with such ease between extremes of period and style" (judges' comments, 2016 American Prize). Together with Hans Twitchell, she has performed virtually the entire standard cello/piano duo repertoire in the U.S., Israel and Brazil, including recent performances at Sam Houston State University, Texas Tech University and a live Brazilian nationwide broadcast on Radio MEC in Rio de Janeiro. The  Jarvis Twitchell Duo was a prize winner at the 2011 International Liszt-Garrison Duo Competition in Baltimore. Ms. Jarvis has recorded on the Zephyr, Parma and Ablaze record labels. 

Piano / Harpsichord

ADRIANA JARVIS

Annie Trèpanier, violin    ·      Steve Larson, viola     ·      Hans Twitchell, cello / viola da gamba     ·       Adriana Jarvis, piano / harpsichord