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The Trio

A Unique Trio

Committed to expanding the repertoire for the unique combination of flute, viola and cello, Eight Strings & a Whistle has been captivating audiences throughout the Northeast since 1998.  We collaborate regularly with composers from all over the US and have premiered over ten works. We also love to perform outreach programs, give workshops and talk about what we do as much as we love playing concerts!

The three of us met as members of the Galatea Ensemble, a conductor-less, democratically run, chamber orchestra based in New York. Our first concert as a trio was a performance at a New York City high school in Brooklyn, as part of Galatea’s Arts-in-Education Program. Since then we have gone on to win the Artists International Special Presentation Award, giving our critically acclaimed New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall in May, 2003. Our more recent appearances have included performances at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City, on the Stern Virtuoso Series at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and the inaugural concert on the Chocolate Church Art Center’s Summer Concert Series in Bath, Maine. We can also be heard on TULPE, a recording of music by Sarah Davol and GRAMMY-nominated artist Dawn Avery, released on Okenti Records in January, 2008.

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Suzanne Gilchrest

Suzanne does not remember when she started to play the flute. She does remember that she studied piano first and then played both instruments for a few years. She also remembers that she was a terrible student who never practiced. Since getting past that, Suzanne has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the US, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. She is currently a member of the flute and chamber music faculties of the Department of Music and Performing Arts at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University, the New York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Program, and SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine.

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Ina Litera

Ina started studying ballet when she was four years old and despite having no talent for it continued for many years until her mother broke her leg (her own!) and couldn't take Ina to class. Moving from Queens, NY to Long Island in the fourth grade, Ina discovered the viola in a public school music program. She is currently an active freelance musician, performing with many ensembles in and around New York. She has performed at the White House with saxophonist David Sanborn. As a soloist, she has performed Hindemith’s Trauermusik, and was soloist for Berlioz’s Harold in Italy. Ina is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY and is on faculty at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City.

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Matthew Goeke

Matt had two false starts with studying the piano at age 8 but did sing in many boys’ choirs while growing up in New York City. At 11, he was on a choir tour when he became interested in playing the cello. (He fell madly in love with the cellist on that tour—a high school student!) Soon after, he began his studies. Since then Matt has had a diverse career, performing as a soloist on many occasions, in many chamber groups and bands, and as a member of numerous symphonies and opera orchestras. He can be heard on Angelique Kidjo’s 2007 Grammy Award winning album, Djin Djin, and with David Bowie on Time Will Crawl. Committed to music education, Matt is an adjunct lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY, as well as a cello coach for the Inter School Orchestras of New York, and chamber music coach for the New York Youth Symphony.

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