Banner arts and education, inc. trioThe piano trio is an exciting New York City-based ensemble that performs and presents both traditional and new music repertoire. Formed in New York City in 2001 as part of, the piano trio is now in its fifteenth season. The personnel comprises Kurt Briggs, Violin; Matt Goeke, Cello; and Renée Cometa Briggs, Piano. Its repertoire ranges from Haydn and De Fesch to Shostakovich and Ravel. The trio has commissioned Constance Cooper's Play Within A Play, Douglas Anderson's Chamber Symphony No. 4, and Merrill Clark’s Prime Divisions all of which interweave the compositional techniques of division with the composer's own system. They have also performed music by other contemporary composers including Ezra Donner, Ben Yarmolinsky and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The trio will premiere new works by American composers Steven Burke, Anthony Gatto, and David Keberle in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons.

Upcoming concerts in the 2015-2016 season will find the piano trio at the Bronx Community College, CUNY; Century Club, New York City; and Saugerties Pro Musica, New York, as well as their well received four-concert series at the historic Church of the Mediator in the Bronx. piano trio’s debut CD for Albany Records, premieres: The Music of Merrill Clark which features the powerful Prime Divisions for Piano Trio and Eighth Avenue Tango for Violin and Piano was released in October 2015, and is available through Albany Records, iTunes and Amazon. The trio's video of Haydn: Trio in A Major, Hob. XV:18 recorded by the Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at Brooklyn Public Library may be seen on YouTube.