Merz Trio is a bold, new, fiercely creative ensemble.
The Merz Trio, formed in 2017, has quickly emerged as a unique and award-winning ensemble, recipients of the First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2018 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. In fall 2018, the Trio will begin their two-year residency at the New England Conservatory and highlights of their 2018-2019 season include a residency at Avaloch Farm, two residencies at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh, UK, and major performances in New York, Boston, and Chicago.
Merz Trio’s members are both passionate musicians and determined innovators, committed to originality in their artistic interpretations and thoughtfulness in their carefully curated concert programming. The Trio presents a wide range of repertoire each season, performing both in traditional concert formats as well as in multidisciplinary collaborations that present music alongside art from other disciplines. Within their first few months of collaboration, Merz Trio was selected as a finalist for a 2017 Tarisio Young Artist Grant for their upcoming Macbeth project. In December 2018, the Trio will present Macbeth, their mainstage show inspired by Shakespeare's play and featuring dancer Caroline Copeland at the Kosciusko Foundation in NYC.
Multidisciplinary projects from their opening 2017-2018 season included an exploration of trios by Haydn, Schumann, and Johannes Maria Staud alongside visual art of Schwitters and excerpts from W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn. Other innovative concerts include a multi-course "tasting menu" of short musical selections paired with crafted food pairings with Chef Hunter Pittman and an evening of music and multi-course dinner in collaboration with Michelin star chef, David Bouley.
Taking their name from the early 20th-century "Merz pictures" of German visual artist Kurt Schwitters, the Trio draws inspiration from Schwitters’ unique style of found-object collage. In keeping with Schwitters’ aesthetic of creation from pieced-together fragments, Merz Trio's projects promote dialogue between seemingly disparate musics, texts, and artifacts, weaving and juxtaposing the trio's repertoire within differing artistic worlds of visual art, dance, theater, and culinary arts.
Currently based in New York, the Trio engages in local education and community building and donates 10% of its earnings from select concerts to local charities.