Guest Artists

The Benefic Piano Trio

The Benefic Piano Trio, Grand Prize winners of the 2018 ENKOR International Music Competition, and Artists in Residence at the Benefic Chamber Festival, was formed at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, California, in 2017.

The Trio has had great success among music critics and media, most notably being interviewed and featured as a rising ensemble in the August 2018 issue of 'String & Bow', South Korea's premier classical music magazine.

Featuring three dedicated chamber musicians and solo prize winners coming together to channel their artistic intent with integrity and energy into tasteful and expressive music making, members Sunhwa Kim, piano, Misha Vayman, violin, and Cello (Qiele) Guo, cello, have all received numerous accolades, including full fellowships, residencies, and competition titles nationally and internationally.

The Benefic Piano Trio is currently based in Los Angeles where it was founded, and has performed at numerous venues throughout the sprawling city, including Zipper, Thayer, and Mayman Halls. Internationally, the Trio recently performed at the Debussy Hall in Lyon, France.

The Trio has worked intensively with Colburn faculty such as the legendary Arnold Steinhardt, former first violin of the Guarneri String Quartet, Fabio Bidini, prize winning concert pianist and member of Trio Solisti, and Martin Beaver, acclaimed former first violin of the Tokyo String Quartet, and a member of the Montrose Trio.

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