A recent (and ongoing) celebration of the piano at Strathmore’s Music in the Mansion put the boys of Baltimore’s own Monument Trio on lavish display. The rich wood of the Shapiro music room cradled the tones admirably, allowing the higher notes to sparkle.
I’ve heard these boys play all the pieces on the evening’s ambitious program at various An Die Musik performances since 2005, where they are the trio-in-residence. They know how to charm even as they induct audiences into composers unknown – like Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (b. 1939) – first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music.