Trio Gaia, New England Conservatory's graduate piano trio in residence, was formed in 2018 and is dedicated to offering audiences dynamic, personally relevant experiences inside and outside the concert hall. Recently, the trio won 1st prize at the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition, major prizes in the 2021 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and the 2019 Plowman National Chamber Music Competition, and served as an Honors Ensemble at the New England Conservatory (NEC). Dedicated to sharing classical music in the community, Trio Gaia previously served as Community Performances & Partnership fellows at NEC and was invited to Carnegie Hall’s Audience Engagement Intensive, presented in collaboration with Ensemble Connect. They have performed concerts at venues ranging from the historic Boston Public Library to MIT's Whitehead Institute and have crafted educational content for the Panama Jazz Festival, local schools, and senior homes. More recently, Trio Gaia was invited to present a weeklong residency with the Virginia Arts Festival. Over the years, the trio has worked with Vivian Weilerstein, Don Weilerstein, Merry Peckham, Max Levinson, Laurence Lesser, Itzhak Perlman, and members of the Brentano Quartet.
The trio’s 2021-2022 season has included recitals across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Virginia, with summer appearances at the Chamber Music Workshop of the Perlman Music Program and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival at the Yale School of Music. In recent seasons, Trio Gaia has remained active despite the pandemic, with virtual performances for Music for Food, Massachusetts Peace Action, NEC's Black Student Union, and Opus Illuminate, a concert series dedicated to showcasing music by composers underrepresented in classical music. The trio is equally passionate about reviving standard works and championing new works while also experimenting with original arrangements and compositions. When not rehearsing, you can find Grant, Yi-Mei, and Andrew cooking together, shopping for exciting concert clothes, or scheming new multimedia projects.