“Trout” quintet (n.): a chamber ensemble comprised of violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano, coined after the formation utilized for Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, “Trout”. As America’s leading “Trout” quintet, The Colonials seek to vitalize the repertoire of this unusual but popular instrumentation. Comprised of specialists in early music, new music, popular music, and composition, the talent in The Colonials runs deep to form a flexible and unique ensemble. By working with the most compelling and established combination of composers, singers, and venues, the Colonials blends historical and contemporary performance practices into a new experience.
The Colonials have been in artists-in-residence at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in Soho, the Avaloch Farm Institute, and the Five Boroughs Music Festival. They’ve worked with a range of popular New York based composers, including Jonathan Dawe, Lembit Beecher, and Gity Razaz. The Colonials’ first CD includes Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet with new variations written specifically for the project, and will be released in 2017.
Kristina Giles, Viola
Paul Wiancko, Cello
Doug Balliett, Bass
Alexandria Le, Piano