Faculty Piano Trio-In-Residence,
U. of the Pacific Conservatory
Featuring Clarksville native, Ann Miller
Higdon • Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32
Haydn • Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, “Gypsy Rondo”
Schoenfield • Café Music
Saint-Saëns • Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 92
Trio 180, the faculty piano trio-in-residence at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, is dedicated to its roles as performer, proponent of new music, and educator. In addition to giving concerts and master classes throughout the United States, the trio has been featured on concert series in Mexico and Canada. This talented ensemble includes violinist Ann Miller, who grew up in Howard County, cellist Vicky Wang, and pianist Sonia Leong.
Trio 180 performs a wide range of music from the Classical era to the present and is an active advocate of new music. The trio was awarded a Barlow Grant in 2006 to commission eminent composer Chen Yi’s first piano trio, Tibetan Tunes (Theodore Presser). The trio also premiered Robert Coburn’s a depth of silence (2018); Robert Greenberg’s 180 Shift (2013); Reinaldo Moya’s Gothic Sea (2011, in honor of Trio 180’s tenth anniversary); Francois Rose’s Gently, Wild Rose Petals (2008); Derek Jacoby’s Trio No. 2 (2008); and Allan Crossman’s Icarus (2005). The trio has also recorded works by Jorge Liderman (Suite del Sur; Sidewalk recorded on Albany Records), and Cindy Cox (Wave).
The trio mentors young musicians and chamber music groups at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, where all three members are on faculty. In addition, Trio 180 frequently performs at elementary and high schools throughout California, presenting varied and interactive programs designed to challenge and engage young students.
In past seasons, the trio has toured to Vancouver, Canada and Ajijic, Mexico; presented numerous performances for Composers Inc., in San Francisco and Berkeley; and given concerts at the Crocker Museum (Sacramento); the Mondavi Center (Davis); the Sundays Live series (Los Angeles County Museum); Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series (Columbia , MD), Old First Concerts (San Francisco), and was featured on Music for a Great Space’s Women in Music Series in Greensboro, NC. The trio completed a CD of works by Dvořák, Suk, and Schumann in 2015.