The Festival’s Resident Ensemble Program is an opportunity for a young professional ensemble to be in residence during the summer Festival. This ensemble then returns during the following season for performances, community workshops, and to work with the ONE Strings students at Burlington’s Integrated Arts Academy @ H.O. Wheeler School. During the Festival, members of the ensemble rehearse and perform with Festival musicians, and rehearse and record our Young Composers’ works. The ensemble prepares a piece for performance, coached by Festival artists. In addition, they make their first visit to IAA, and meet with arts leaders in the Burlington area. There are also opportunities to shadow Festival artists during the week, and to engage with audience members and donors at a number of different events.
These players are selected because, in our view, they are the next generation of leaders in the music world.
During the 2019 Festival, the Merz Trio will be in residence. They will have two coaching sessions on the Brahms B Major Piano Trio by Soovin Kim on Monday, August 19 at VPR’s Studio One, and cellist Sharon Robinson on Wednesday, August 21. They will perform this work on Saturday, August 24. They will also play in the Young Composers’ Sounding Board on Tuesday, August 20, and are creating an interactive concert as part of Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library summer reading program, and a family-friendly afternoon at Elley-Long on our final Saturday.
The Merz Trio
Composed of players hailed as “impressive” (NYTimes), “impeccable” (Fanfare Magazine), and praised for “a sense of joyful virtuosity” (South Florida Classical Review), Merz Trio has been described as “riveting” with “fresh and surprising interpretations” (Reading Eagle). Formed in 2017 by pianist Lee Dionne, violinist Brigid Coleridge, and cellist Julia Yang, the Merz Trio has quickly emerged as a unique and award-winning ensemble, garnering the First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2018 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. Highlights of their 2018-2019 season include performances in New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, a feature on London’s BBC Radio 3, and two residencies at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh, UK. The Trio is currently based out of New York City and is the Graduate Piano Trio in Residence at the New England Conservatory (2018-2020).