BELLA Piano Trio, founded in 2009, has become one of San Francisco’s most exciting emerging ensembles. Before merging as a trio, the members studied at Juilliard, Harvard, Rice and the New England and San Francisco Conservatories. As a group, they have worked with pianist Gilbert Kalish, violinist Mark Steinberg of the Brentano String Quartet, Don and Vivian Weilerstein, and Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard String Quartet as residents of the Banff Chamber Music Program under the directorship of Barry Shiffman. They have also worked with members of the SF Bay area's own St. Lawrence String Quartet, and are currently under the mentorship of the Alexander String Quartet. BELLA are Semi-Finalists of the 2012 Concert Artist Guild Competition and were chosen as a Showcase Ensemble for the 2013 Chamber Music America National Conference in New York City.
BELLA's MISSION is to engage and inspire diverse audiences with the transformational power of music as a language for bridging gaps and building relationships via guided performances of the highest standards. They strive towards this mission from multiple approaches: lectures and performances in traditional and nontraditional concert venues, chamber music salons, outreach community events and collaborations, and interactive learning through their website, links and social platforms.
In addition to their public performances, they maintain a Salon Series hosted by private patrons, as well as performances with community partners such as the Harvard Club of SF, the SF Conservatory of Music, and neighborhood artists and galleries.
All three artists share a deep sensitivity to the value and potential beauty of living artfully and the power of bringing inspirational music to the lives of others. It is this thread that ties them to their music, their audiences, and each other.