Formed in 2018, Trio Gaia is dedicated to offering audiences dynamic, personally relevant experiences inside and outside the concert hall. Selected as a 2019-2020 Honors Ensemble at the New England Conservatory, the trio has also been recognized for sharing classical chamber music in the community, receiving both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 Ensemble Fellowship from New England Conservatory’s Community Performances & Partnerships initiative. Through the fellowship, they have presented a series of concerts at venues ranging from the historic Boston Public Library and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to local schools and senior homes. Recently, the trio were finalists in the Plowman National Chamber Music Competition, where they won the Vianello Family Audience Prize and were runners-up in their division. During the summer of 2019, Trio Gaia was invited to Carnegie Hall’s Audience Engagement Intensive, offered in collaboration with Ensemble Connect, which helped the trio reach audiences across New York City with accessible, interactive performances for elementary school students and seniors alike. The trio's 2019-2020 season includes recitals across New England in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, a week-long residency at the Virginia Arts Festival, three world-premieres, and educational and community outreaches across greater Boston. The season also sees the inauguration of an adventurous audience-interactive-music initiative through their project Commission: Engage, part of upcoming recital and outreach experiences. The season culminates with Trio Gaia's Jordan Hall debut recital in late spring 2020.
As individuals, violinist Grant Houston, cellist Yi-Mei Templeman, and pianist Andrew Barnwell have established performing careers that have taken them to nine countries for a range of solo and collaborative opportunities. Together, the trio has performed in a masterclass with pianist Inon Barnatan and has studied extensively with renowned artists Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Merry Peckham and Max Levinson. Their additional mentors include cellists Lluis Claret and Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, and pianists Victor Rosenbaum and Orli Shaham. Currently, the trio members are working towards undergraduate degrees at the New England Conservatory in Boston. When not rehearsing or performing, you can find Trio Gaia shopping for new outfits or cooking together.