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came to Four San Diego neighborhoods in August 2011!


FanFaire Foundation  presented the ORVIETO PIANO TRIO in August 2011 as part of its FREE Family Concert Series and Community Outreach and Education programs. The trio played a program that included Sergei Rachmaninov’s Chanson georgienne, Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 3 in c minor, Op. 1, No.3 and Dvorak’s Piano Trio Op. 90 (“Dumky”).  Each piece was introduced with interesting and enjoyable commentary by the artists. The concerts, held at several venues in San Diego County, were extremely well attended, and in the case of La Jolla, the hall was filled to overflowing! Families came and brought friends along, in true community spirit. It was a FUN learning experience for all who attended – age range from 7 to 91!

There was no question that the Orvieto Piano Trio communicated to the audience their love of music and their joy in playing together.  Proof was in the repeat attendees who obviously could not have enough of the trio and their music, and cannot wait to have them back.

Click image below to watch a video clip from the Trio’s performance at University of San Diego’s beautiful period French Parlor.



The members of the Orvieto Trio — Lauren Basney (violin), Daniel Frankhuizen (cello), and Byron Chow, MD (piano) — met in 2009 during a chamber music festival, Orvieto Musica, in the Italian town of the same name.  As happens regularly at such festivals, they found tremendous enjoyment in playing together and sharing musical ideas.  But they also made the remarkable realization that three individuals from different corners of the country and at different stages in their careers (and indeed, different career paths altogether) could find the singular passion of playing to have revitalized each other’s love of performing to an even higher degree.  It is the Trio’s desire to share this passion with a wider audience and to ignite interest in the live performing arts that spurred them on to perform together upon returning to the United States.  The Trio hopes to return to Orvieto in the coming years to nurture the inspiration that brought them together.


Lauren Basney  (violin)

Violinist Lauren Basney made her solo New York debut at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall in 2004.  Since then, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Canada, Israel and Australia, returning to Carnegie in October and November 2007.  Also in New York, she has performed at such venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the National Arts Club.  Lauren is the winner of the Zerounian Competition, the Madura String Award, the recipient of the Oundjian Scholarship, and was selected as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist.  She attended the Juilliard School as a full-scholarship student, receiving her B.M. in 2001, and received her MM (2005) and Artist Diploma (2006) from Yale.  She is a founding member of the Alianza String Quartet (, mentored by the Tokyo Quartet, and 2007 grand-prize winners at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.  With the Alianza, Lauren has appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Villa Medici in Rome, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.  Following their 2007 Carnegie Hall debut, Bernard Holland of the New York Times reported that “the Alianza players are musical, well trained and have an unusually elegant sound – they boil over with an edge-of-the-seat eagerness.”

Daniel Frankhuizen  (cello)

Daniel Frankhuizen completed his undergraduate studies in 2011 at Ithaca College (NY) where he was a member of both the Ithaca College Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.  He will be pursuing graduate work in cello in the fall.  His performance experience with the Symphony has included concerts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Barton Hall.  After recent performances at Orvieto Musica in Italy, Daniel is fueling his passion for chamber music ensembles.  Aside from the Orvieto Trio, he is also involved in several chamber groups at Ithaca College, including piano and clarinet trios as well as a string quartet.  Daniel’s musical expression extends beyond the classical realm.  His cello playing was recorded with John Brown’s Body on their latest album “Amplify”, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Chart.  His own world music group, Beat the Grid, has been hailed as “an indefinable sonic sensation” by Cake Magazine.

Dr. Byron Chow, MD  (piano)

Dr. Byron Chow, MD, is a pediatrician at Neighborhood Healthcare, a community clinic in Escondido, California, and is an avid pianist, violist, and composer.  He graduated with a combined B.Sc. and M.Sc. in molecular biology from Yale, and received his MD from NYU in 2000.  Medical rotations in St. Anthony, Newfoundland, Canada and Bamako, Mali affirmed his commitment to working with underserved communities.  He has been active in advocating for more resources in children’s mental health, nutrition, and development, with special attention to the indigent population. He is also currently medical director of the North Inland First 5 Advisory Board, which provides timely evaluations and coordinates early intervention services for at-risk children under the age of five.  Since completion of his medical studies, he has been active musically, participating in music festivals in Orvieto, Italy, and locally in San Diego, performing concerts and outreach with the University of San Diego Symphony.  With the latter ensemble he served as principal violist and premiered his original composition, Ballade for Piano and Orchestra.  He has organized benefit concerts for Neighborhood Healthcare’s children’s prescription fund, which provides emergency medications to children without medical insurance.


The ORVIETO PIANO TRIO 2011 Performances:

WHEN: Thursday August 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm
WHERE: Museum of Making Music (Co-Presenter)

5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

WHEN: Friday August 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: French Parlor, University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA
Map / Directions

WHEN: Saturday August 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm
[with 10-minute intermission]
WHERE: Escondido Public Library (Co-Presenter)

239 South Kalmia St.
Escondido, CA 92025

WHEN: Sunday August 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm
WHERE: La Jolla Public Library

7555 Draper Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037


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