Trio Biographies

 

David GrossPianist David Gross was born in Berlin (F.R. Germany) and presented his first public performance at the age of seven. He earned prizes at the international piano competitions in Marsala (1988), and Bremen (1993). David has taught at Western Michigan University, Goshen College and the Hochschule "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin (State Conservatory), and is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Furman University. He was educated at the Hochschule Munich, Hochschule Hannover, Yale University, and the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and his teachers include Ludwig Hoffmann, Arie Vardi, Daniel Pollack, Claude Frank, and John Wustman. An active performer throughout Europe and the U.S., David has made numerous solo recordings for German National Public Radio as well as CD releases on Signum (Edouard Lalo, Piano Concerto) and Centaur (Jan Václav Voříšek, piano works). Solo appearances include with the Berliner Symphoniker, Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder, Ensemble Oriol (Berlin), Rockford Symphony (Illinois), Champaign-Urbana Symphony (Illinois), Greenville Symphony (South Carolina), Anderson Symphony (South Carolina), Macon Symphony (Georgia), Idaho State Civic Symphony, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic (Massachusetts), Brevard Philharmonic (North Carolina), and the Hendersonville Symphony (North Carolina).

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Deirdre HuttonDeirdre Hutton is the only member of the group to have been born in the United States, and holds dual American and European Union citizenship. She is an avid solo, chamber and orchestral performer having played at numerous music festivals throughout the United States including the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and the Eastern Music Festival. In addition, Deirdre has performed in numerous orchestras in the US and Europe including the New World Symphony (Miami, Florida), the Schlossfestspiele Chamber Orchestra (Heidelberg, Germany), the North Carolina Symphony, the Charleston Symphony (South Carolina), the Knoxville Symphony (Tennessee), and the Greenville Symphony (South Carolina). She was Assistant Concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony (Virginia). Deirdre studied at the Eastman School of Music with Oleh Krysa and earned her Master’s degree with Roland and Almita Vamos at Northwestern University. While at Northwestern she was the Vamos’s teaching assistant and taught violin lessons to undergraduate students. In addition, she studied in London under Itzhak Rashkovsky while a member of Haydn Chamber Symphony of London and as concertmaster of the Imperial Collegium Musicum Ensemble. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Violin at Furman University and teaches a private studio of talented high-school students.

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Christopher HuttonCellist Christopher Hutton has performed in a broad range of settings, including duo recitals in his home country of New Zealand (most recently with pianists Paul Wyse, Sergey Schepkin, and Thomas Lausmann) and chamber music performances in New Zealand, the United States, and Europe.  He has recorded for New Zealand's Concert FM, Germany's SWF Radio, and appears on a disc of contemporary music on Albany Classics.  Christopher served as co-principal cellist in the New World Symphony Orchestra under music director Michael Tilson Thomas and has played in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as well as other orchestras in the United States.  He has enjoyed collaborating with various composers, notably New Zealanders Helen Bowater and Christopher Marshall and Georgia composer Mitchell Turner.  Christopher studied at Boston University with Leslie Parnas, and earned his Masters and Doctorate with Paul Katz and Steven Doane at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music.  While at Eastman he was teaching assistant to Steven Doane.  He later taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Delaware, and the Eastern Music Festival before joining the faculty at Furman University in 2003 where he is Associate Professor of Violoncello and String Chamber Music.