Each of these artists stand alone at the top of their field, winning first prizes in such competitions as the Naumburg, Israel International Harp Competition, Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Concert Artists Guild and Pro Musicis. As soloists, they have been featured with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, New York, London, St. Louis, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Minnesota and Hong Kong, as well as the chamber orchestras of England, St. Paul, Los Angeles and Orpheus.
All have performed, toured, or recorded with some of today’s most esteemed chamber groups, such as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where they have also been seen and heard on “Great Performers of Lincoln Center Live”. They appear regularly in today’s top chamber music festivals including Aspen, Marlboro, Santa Fe, La Jolla, Mostly Mozart, Vail, Portland, Seattle and Music from Menlo.
Championing new music has been a priority for these artists; collectively they have commissioned works from the composers Lucas Foss, Joan Tower, Christopher Rouse, Peter Shickele, George Rochberg, Stephen Paulus, and Sofia Guibaidulina, among many others. Their representation on disc includes the recording labels of Deutsche Gramaphone, Telarc, Decca, Arabesque, Naxos, Virgin and Cala records.
As the name “Les Amies” suggests, they are long-time colleagues, and revel in the glory of their blossoming relationship as artists, bringing to their audiences the color and beauty of this unusual trio combination of flute, viola and harp.
Trio “Les Amies”
Rameau “Le Tambourin
Debussy Sonate, movement 2
Ibert Rhapsody, movement 2
Ravel Sonatine, movement 1
Devienne Duo, G Major, movement 2
Bach Sonata, b minor, movement 3
“The ladies knocked it out of the ball park! I am very happy that we made it happen!
San Antonio Chamber Music Society
February 26, 2017
Audience attendance reached sell out numbers and the response was thoroughly positive for the Les Amies performance.
“Thank you very much for bringing Les Amies back to Kingston yesterday. What
a treat to hear them play again so close to home.
Keep up the fine work of bringing superior chamber music to our community!”
Our thanks to you for facilitating this outstanding performance. Please share our gratitude to the fine artists for returning to our series and continuing our tradition of presenting concerts of high caliber in Kingston, NY.
Ulster County Music Society
February 19, 2017
Haute artistry: ‘Shiny Sheet’ critics choose their favorites
Sunday, May 4, 2014
By Daily News Arts Critics
Our critics have looked back on the best of the 2013-14 season. And the winners are … well, the season isn’t a boxing match nor yet a drawing. But quality does separate the champions from the also-rans. Our choices are ….
TRIO LES AMIES
April 10, Mar-a-Lago Club
The 2013-14 season contained many memorable concerts.
The No. 1 concert on my list was given by Trio Les Amies, featuring flutist Carol Wincenc, violist Cynthia Phelps and harpist Nancy Allen. This was the final concert in the new Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach series.
Trio Les Amies performed music by Jacques Ibert, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Francois Devienne and Maurice Ravel. All three women performed in Ibert’s Interludes and Debussy’s Sonata; Devienne’s Duo was for flute and viola, and Fauré’s Impromptu was for solo harp.
The final work was Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro. Violinists Doori Na and Foster Wang, cellist Joseph Lee and clarinetist Brad Whitfield joined the ensemble for this septet.
I enjoyed hearing chamber music played by principal players of what is arguably the finest orchestra in the country. I also appreciated that the players varied the ensemble: all playing together, flute and viola, harp solo, and a large ensemble. And, finally, I loved the music that Trio Les Amies made. Their performance was intense yet joyful.
— Joseph Youngblood
San Antonio Chamber Music Society