Since our founding in 1998, Eight Strings & a Whistle has been performing old and new works composed for the Trio’s unique combination of flute, viola and cello. Our goal for every program is to allow each work to be its own gem, highlighting its unique timbre and color, while creating a whole that is balanced with a beautiful and interesting palette.
We are proud of our success with this approach to programming. In addition to our commissions, we perform original repertoire from the Baroque period and works by established composers from Europe and North and South America dating from the mid-19th through the end of the 20th centuries — a tremendous range in styles!
“You are all such talented musicians. It’s a privilege to see you and hear you perform. One audience member said to me, ‘We’re not stupid. We like being introduced to new music. This was a wonderful program.’ I second that opinion, wholeheartedly!”Margaret Moulton Manager of Public Relations, The Hudson River Museum
The first performance of a work is an integral part to the curve of completely learning it. The only way to unleash the full potential of any piece is through repeated performances. We believe strongly that new music must live beyond the premiere and are unique in that we make a special point of putting our newest pieces, including our commissions, into our performance rotation, just as a string quartet or a piano trio will repeatedly program traditional works.
Having the privilege of working with many living composers gives us the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of their work, who they are and how the world we live in influences their work. We enjoy sharing these insights with our audience through our Featured Composer interviews, Recordings and Videos. Our 8SW Composer Competition supports the continued development of chamber music and also encourages the collaborative relationship between composer and performer. Please explore this section and get to know the music we perform and the composers we work with.