"'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning ‘bright’ and ‘radiant,’ both of which certainly apply to this trio’s music making." – WQXR
"a delectable joyful surprise ... It is inconceivable to me that they will not soon be among the busiest chamber ensembles going." – The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"the ensemble’s balance was on point through the entire concert ... polished and energetic" – Palm Beach Arts Paper
"we are blessed to be living in a golden age of string playing and chamber music making, let me up the ante by saying that we have exceeded the gold standard and have now moved on to platinum. Yes, the Neave Trio is that good." – Fanfare Magazine
Since forming in 2010, Neave Trio–violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura–has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. WQXR explains, "'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant', both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making." The Boston Musical Intelligencer included Neave in its “Best of 2014” and “Best of 2016” roundups, writing, “it is inconceivable that they will not soon be among the busiest chamber ensembles going,” and “their unanimity, communication,variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier.”
Neave has performed at many esteemed concert series and at festivals worldwide, including Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 92nd Street Y, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Series (United Kingdom), and the Samoylov and Rimsky Korsakow Museums' Chamber Music Series in St. Petersburg (Russia). The trio has also appeared frequently as soloists for Beethoven's Triple Concerto with orchestras across the country and held residency positions at Brown University, University of Virginia, San Diego State University as the first ever Fisch/Axelrod Trio-in-Residence, and the Banff Centre (Canada), among many other institutions. Neave Trio was also in residence at the MIT School of Architecture and Design in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Richard Colton. In the fall of 2017, the Trio joined the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College as Alumni Artists, Faculty Ensemble‑in‑Residence.
Neave Trio strives to champion new works by living composers and reach wider audiences through innovative concert presentations, regularly collaborating with artists of all mediums. These collaborations include performances with the Blythe Barton Dance Company; projection artist Ryan Brady; the interactive concert series “STEIN2.0,” with composer Amanuel Zarzowski; Klee Musings by acclaimed American composer Augusta Read Thomas, which was premiered by Neave; the premiere of Eric Nathan’s Missing Words V, sponsored by Coretet; Leah Read’s Cloud Burst for piano trio and electronics; Dale Trumbore’s Another Chance; and a music video by filmmaker Amanda Alvarez Díaz of Astor Piazzolla’s "Otoño Porteño.”
Neave Trio’s next album, Her Voice, includes trios by Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke, and Louise Farrenc,and will be released in September 2019 on Chandos Records. The group’s most recent album, Celebrating Piazzolla, was released on Azica Records in November 2018 and features mezzo-soprano Carla Jablonski. Celebrating Piazzolla captures the composer’s rich legacy through arrangements by one of Piazzolla’s long time colleagues, José Bragato and by a younger protégé, Leonardo Suárez Paz, as well as an original work by Paz. Gramophone described their recording of The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires as “thrilling,”having “wild energy,” and “electrifying,” while Classics Today writes, “the energetic edginess, the snap, the rhythm sound convincing, totally invigorating, and authentic.” Celebrating Piazzolla was included on The Arts Fuse’s list of the Best Classical Recordings of 2018.
Neave Trio’s other recordings include French Moments (Chandos Records, 2018) which includes the only known piano trios by Debussy, Fauré, and Roussel. French Moments was featured on WQXR’s list of “The Best New Recordings of 2018 (So Far).” According to BBC Music Magazine, “The performances balance passion with sensitivity and grace,” while The Strad praises the trio’s “eloquent phrasing and deft control of textures.” Neave’s 2016 debut album, American Moments, was released to critical acclaim on Chandos Records, and includes works by Korngold, Foote, and Bernstein.
Highlights of Neave’s 2019-20 season include concerts at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Brown University, Feldman Chamber Music Society,Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, Norton Building Concert Series, Boise Chamber Music Series, Gordon College, Chandler Center for the Arts, and the El Dorado County Community Concert Association, among many others.
Photo by Jacob Lewis Lovendahl