Onyx Chamber Players combine a unique blend of early music performance style with the brilliance and virtuosity of modern instruments. "Layered brilliance, inner light, and unmistakable authenticity make the Onyx Chamber Players a true gem." - crosscut.com. Violinist James Garlick, cellist Meg Brennand and pianist David White perform with a transparency of sound and clarity of musical concept, peeling away much of the 20th century heaviness that has infused many readings of the traditional piano trio repertoire. Audiences and critics alike have hailed their musical energy, the exciting chemistry among the players and the musical intensity Onyx brings to their performances.

 


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Reviews:

     "Perennially hailed for performances full of intensity, joy and a fresh perspective on chamber repertoire" -The Seattle Times

     "Perhaps that is the Onyx magic: an alchemy derived from devotion to the music, respect for one another, and willingness to perform dangerously at the creative edge of possibility. Layered brilliance, inner light, and unmistakable authenticity make the Onyx Chamber Players a true gem." - crosscut.com

    "As an ensemble, Garlick, Brennand, and White are truly a model piano trio. Like all good chamber ensembles, they keep in constant communication while they're playing together through eye contact, gestures, or nods. But among this trio, these simple musical cues are joyful and wonderfully natural. It's fun to watch them interact. These are three performers who thoroughly enjoy making music together. I have never seen a group of musicians smile more during a performance! This genuine joy, accompanied by their intelligent, exciting interpretations of the trio repertoire, makes Onyx a very fun trio to watch. We're very fortunate to have them as a resident piano trio in Seattle." - The Gathering Note

    "Two wonderful and well-contrasted Schubert chamber works in one evening made for much pleasurable satisfaction - and the "Trout" Andante in particular, eloquently phrased and masterfully restrained in sonority, exerted the authentic gooseflesh effect that great music can produce." - seenandheard-international.com

    "These gifted artists and their rich display of these jewel-like works lift us into that glowing world of special illumination which music lovers dream of and only seldom find." - Concert Reviews Online

    "Watching Onyx perform is a bit like watching acrobats: precision timing, utter concentration, watchful joy, and the sense over and over again that each member is there with and for the others." - crosscut.com


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Photographs:
Row 1: William Stickney
Row 2: William Stickney
Row 3: Christopher Nelson