Performing with "technical brilliance," "an impressive command of style," and "a remarkable blend of passion and delicacy," the Arden Trio has become one of the most important piano trios on the concert stage today. As winners of the 1981 Concert Artists Guild Award, the Trio's New York debut prompted Edward Rothstein of the New York Times to claim that the Arden seems to be "....not a piano trio at all, but a single musical instrument, played with eminent virtuosity and sensitivity." Subsequent New York performances include appearances at the 92nd Street "Y", the Mostly Mozart Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, the Morgan Library, and most recently at Alice Tully Hall, as soloists with the Little Orchestra Society.
Their long-standing interest in bringing chamber music to a wider audience led the Trio to develop a series of programs and activities that they have presented in over thirty states, from Maine to Hawaii. The Arden's community based educational projects extend beyond the traditional concert experience, encompassing a wide range of engaging and informative presentations that have won the endorsement of chamber music organizations throughout the United States. The trio is currently in its third year of a highly successful residency in Sun Valley, Idaho, which is supported by a Chamber Music America Millennium Grant, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. This season also marks the Arden's second year of a concert series at St. Peter's Church in New York City, where the Trio offers informal presentations of both traditional and unusual repertoire.
The Arden Trio's 1987 debut recording of Saint-Saens and Ravel Trios on Delos prompted The Strad magazine to comment, "If there is a recording of a trio that sounds better than this, I haven't heard it." Its recordings of four famous Trios by Joseph Haydn (1992) and the complete Mendelssohn Trios (1994) for Channel Classics' Canal Grande label have also earned widespread acclaim. This season, the Arden is represented by the new release of a disc of music by Arthur Foote on the Naxos American Classics series.
Committed to extending the chamber music repertoire into the 21st Century, the Trio has commissioned a broad spectrum of American composers, including Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Wuorinen. This season the Arden will premiere a new work by Evan Ziporyn, written under the auspices of a Meet the Composer consortium grant.
Widely recognized for their contributions to chamber music, the Arden has gained the support of such leading arts institutions as the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Cultural Council Foundation, the Mary Flagler Carey Charitable Trust, and Chamber Music America.