The BYU School of Music will present Deseret Trio Mar. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The performance is free and tickets are not required. The trio members include BYU professors Monte Belknap, Stephen Beus and Michelle Kesler.
The program will include two trios, Piano Trio in C Minor by Felix Mendelssohn and Piano trio in G minor, Op. 17 by Clara Schumann.
“For me the Mendelssohn’s piece is an incredibly satisfying work—fantastic drama, beautiful lyricism, intricate interplay between the instruments—the piece really has it all,” Beus said.
Beus joined the ensemble and began teaching at BYU this year. Beus previously taught at the University of Oklahoma and completed his graduate school at The Juilliard School in New York City and received his doctoral degree from Stony Brook University. Beus has received a first place prize in the Gina Bachauer International Competition and in the Vendome Competition in Lisbon. He is also a fellowship winner from the American Pianists Association.
Belknap has performed at the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Italy, the George Enescu International Violin Competition in Romania, the Barge Music Series in NYC, and served as concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He also studied chamber music with some of the world’s leading performing ensembles including the Julliard, Tokyo and LaSalle String Quartets and the Beaux Arts Piano Trio. Belknap teaches violin and orchestral excerpts at BYU.
Kesler is an assistant professor of cello at BYU. She performs with the Beethoven festival in Park City, and has worked with quartets such as the Orion, St. Lawrence, Takacs, Tokyo, and Brentano String Quartets. During the summer she teaches at the Vianden International music festival in Luxembourg as well as the Young Musician’s music festival held at Brigham Young University.