Trio St. Bernard formed in the summer of 2015 at the Taos School of Music, and are quickly gaining acclaim for their creative and energized performances of the piano trio repertoire. They have received guidance from members of the Borromeo, Shanghai, and Brentano Quartets as well as Leon Fleisher, Ida Kavafian, Robert McDonald, and Michael Tree.
The Trio’s members have performed at venues such as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, and in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Princeton, Easton (MD) as well as festivals such as Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Taos, Kneisel Hall, the Perlman Music Program, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Encounters.
As an ensemble, Trio St. Bernard has performed in Peabody's Griswold Hall and Johns Hopkins' Shriver Hall, as well as at other venues in Philadelphia, Princeton, Maryland, and North Carolina. In January of 2016 they were an ensemble-in-residence at the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, where they collaborated with violist Hsin-Yun Huang. This summer they were invited to Music from Angel Fire as a resident ensemble.
Trio St. Bernard is proudly named after the Hotel St. Bernard in the Taos Ski Valley, where the Taos School of Music is hosted each summer.
Hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as a “seasoned performer” with “virtuoso flair, supreme control… and exquisite shading,” American violinist Brandon Garbot is recognized for his imaginative and daring style of playing.
He has appeared in prestigious solo, chamber, and concerto venues, including in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Severance Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
Brandon is a substitute violinist and guest musician with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He served as concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra in winter 2014, and also served as concertmaster at the Music Academy of the West.
Brandon is a student of Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music. Previously, he studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with William Preucil.
Joining artistic integrity with a stirring, expressive spirit, Zachary Mowitz has established himself as a versatile chamber musician and soloist. He brings the same intense commitment to all his performances, whether it premiering a new work or as section leader in an orchestra.
Zachary served as principal cellist in the Curtis Symphony Orchestra during its 2015-2016 season. In the summer of that same year he performed chamber works in cities throughout Spain and Germany as part of Curtis on Tour. He attended the Taos School of Music in the summer of 2015, and Kneisel Hall in 2014.
As a soloist, he will debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in July 2018. Previously, he has played with orchestras throughout the tristate region.
Zachary currently studies with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley at the Curtis Institute of Music. He plays a cello made in 1913 by Maurice Bourguignon, generously loaned to him by the Carlsen Cello Foundation.
Praised for his “excellent combination of virtuosity and musicality” and “lots of clarity, confidence, and wisdom”(New York Concert Review), pianist Sahun "Sam" Hong brings his colorful style and riveting energy to the solo, chamber, and concerto stage.
On the roster of Young Steinway Artists since 2010, Sahun Hong has been featured as a guest soloist with the Milwaukee, Camerata New York, Fort Worth, Richardson, Racine, Waco, Galveston, and Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestras.
At the age of 16, Sam graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, studying with John Owings. He has also studied with Martin Canin and Yoheved Kaplinsky of The Juilliard School. Currently, Sam is a student of Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.