The Helios Piano Trio, comprised of violinistJohn Fadial, cellist Beth Vanderborgh, and pianist Chi-Chen Wuis a dynamic new piano trio from the University of Wyoming. Their rich and diverse backgrounds as performers combine to produce probing and passionate interpretations of the great repertoire for violin, cello and piano. First performing together only three years ago, they recognized that indescribable "spark" from the start, and have never looked back. Already with numerous performances behind them, they are quickly becoming one of America's hottest new ensembles.
Fadial, Vanderborgh, and Wu are dedicated to education and building audiences for the future. In addition to maintaining large classes of talented students at the University of Wyoming, they are highly involved in musical outreach, bringing great music to rural areas, and into the schools. During their week in Greensboro, they will give multiple performance presentations to hundreds of school children.
Pianist and forte pianist, Chi-Chen Wu is native of Taiwan, and prizewinner in several Taiwanese national piano competitions. Praised by World Journal, Chicago for her "amazing playing," and by Early Music America for her Schumann performance, in which "the music comes to life in a new way," Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, and China. Festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, and the Mayfest Chamber Music Festival, among others. Ms. Wu has recorded Haydn Lieder on a replica of a Walter fortepiano, with soprano Andrea Folan, for the Musica Omnialabel; and her recital and discussion on piano collaboration are featured in Malcom Bilson's DVD Performing the Score, released in 2011. Her recording of the complete Schumann Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Nicholas DiEugenio will be released on Musica Omnia with international distribution in March.
Cellist Beth Vanderborgh also maintains a vigorous performing and recording career. She was top prizewinner of the Washing Society for Arts and Letters Cello Competition, as well as the Baltimore Chamber Awards. The Strad Magazine (London) praised her recent recording of the music of August Nölck as "lyrical and technically accomplished…eloquent and persuasive." The Classical Voice of North Carolina lauds her playing, citing her "impeccable musicianship, rhythmic precision, technical expertise, and expansive, passionate musicianship. Gorgeous music, exquisitely performed, and I do not believe I have overdone the superlatives." Vanderborgh's recent recordings include discs of the chamber music of Gwyneth Walker and chamber music of Jennifer Higdon, in collaboration with the Pulitzer prizewinning composer, both on the Albany label. Ms. Vanderborgh has performed with the Washington Concert Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony. She continues to enjoy her activities as artist faculty of the Eastern Music Festival, principal cellist of the Greensboro Symphony, has been newly appointed as principal cellist of the Cheyenne Symphony.
Violinist John Fadial is familiar to Greensboro audiences, as both Concertmaster of the Greensboro Symphony and as Assistant Concertmaster of the Eastern Festival Orchestra. He has performed, taught, and recorded internationally. His performances of the chamber music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (Centaur) was deemed "not to be missed" by American Record Guide, and his recording of Jennifer Higdon's Legacy (Albany) was described as "…heart rending"by Fanfare Magazine. Following a performance with the Stanislas Sextet, a critic for The Washington Post simple exclaimed, "Wow! Great stuff." A champion of new music, Fadial has recently performed the violin concertos by Arthur Gottshalk and Lee Actor. He also enjoys a collaboration with the Denver based Extasis Tango.