The dynamic Helios Piano Trio is comprised of artist faculty from the University of Wyoming. Their rich and diverse backgrounds as international performers and recording artists combine to produce probing, and passionate interpretations of the great repertoire for violin, cello and piano. From their first collaborration, they recognized that indescribable “spark”, and have never looked back.
Chi-Chen Wu, Piano
John Fadial, Violin
Beth Vanderborgh, Cello
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”, pianist Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, China, the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Mayfest Chamber Music Festival among others. Chi-Chen has recorded Haydn Lieder on a replica of a Walter fortepiano, with soprano Andrea Folan, for the Musica Omnia label; 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.
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 Colleridge-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. The Washington Post described his performances with Vanderborgh and the Stanislas Sextet …”Wow! Great Stuff.” A champion of new music, Fadial has recently performed Violin Concertos by Arthur Gottshalk and Lee Actor. He also enjoys a collaboration with the Denver based Extasis Tango.
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”, and the Classical Voice of North Carolina describes her playing as “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 for the Albany Label, and Chamber Music of Jennifer Higdon (in collaboration with the Pulitzer prizewinning composer) also for Albany. Beth 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.