Orion Weiss
Orion Weiss

Great Piano Trios

Sunday, May 7, 5:00 PM at Alice Tully Hall


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"Two of the Society’s most distinguished string players, the violinist Ani Kavafian and the cellist Carter Brey, join the insightful young pianist Orion Weiss in a program of canonical pieces." -The New Yorker

One of chamber music’s most intimate ensembles performs works that carry the emotional impact of grand symphonies. Mozart, who brought the piano trio out of the home and into the concert hall, opens the program with a refreshingly ingenious creation. A pair of trios by Dvořák and Brahms will envelop listeners in the sonic splendor of the Romantic era.

I'm so looking forward to performing this concert, featuring three of the greatest piano trios of all time! I love all of these pieces. The Mozart I first heard on YouTube, and fell instantly in love with its charm, clarity, and brilliance. The Brahms might have been my first chamber music experience (I was 14 years old), but my piano teacher nixed the idea. "I'm going to play Brahms B major trio with my string player friends" I told him. "Like heck you are! You'll play a Haydn trio instead!" And there it was, I didn't get to learn the piece until a full decade later. Dvořák F minor has been one of my favorite things, ever since I first worked on it in 2003 in Tanglewood with Emanuel Ax and Pamela Frank as coaches. I still remember the excitement and inspiration from those lessons. Playing that trio feels like becoming a full orchestra, in size, scope, and emotional range. It's an incredibly ambitious piece, definitely inspired by Brahms, and it demonstrates overwhelmingly that a piece of chamber music can have just as much content and power as any symphony.
-Orion Weiss


  • Mozart Trio in C major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, K. 548 (1788)
  • Dvořák Trio in F minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 65 (1883)
  • Brahms Trio in B major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 8 (1854, rev. 1889)