Morsel Trio is a new Seattle-based ensemble, comprised of young artists that have performed all over the United States. Made up of Emily Acri (Violin), Chris Young (Cello) and Steven Damouni (Piano), Morsel Trio is dedicated to performing works by a wide assortment of composers and in a wide variety of places.
About the Trio
Morsel Trio has planned their inaugural season of concerts to be a collaborative assortment of styles and ensemble types. Programing for this year includes works spanning from Mozart to works being composed by living composers. This season also includes commissions of new works by Seattle area composersas well as the masterpieces of piano trio genre.
Violinist Emily Acri, 25, was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She received her undergraduate training from Indiana University, studying with Mimi Zweig. After receiving her Master’s degree at the University of Michigan with Danielle Belen, she now resides in Seattle, pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Washington, studying with Ronald Patterson. Emily regularly performs solo and ensemble works spanning from the Baroque era to music of today. Emily enjoys teaching privately, especially her current role coaching orchestral and chamber music to undergraduates at UW. Emily attributes her musical inspiration to her late Grandfather, Robert Acri, a legendary Chicago pianist.
Morsel Trio's Chris Young (cello) has performed as soloist and chamber musician across the United States and Europe. After attending Interlochen Arts Academy for high school, he received his Bachelor of Music in Cello from the University of Miami, and his Master of Music in Cello from the University of Michigan. Chris has been a member of the Idaho Falls Symphony and the Miami Symphony. An active chamber musician, Chris has performed as cellist with the Riverside String Quartet, the University of Michigan Baroque Ensemble, and was the first cellist of the Stamps String Quartet. He is a member of the Discovery Trio, a featured chamber ensemble of the University of Washington School of Music (2017-18). Chris is currently a member of the University of Washington Baroque Ensemble, the University of Washington Modern Ensemble, and the cellist of the Morsel Trio. Currently, Chris is in the Doctor of Musical Arts program studying with Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir at the University of Washington in Seattle. He plays a Christopher Dungey cello on generous loan from the Wong/Engel Cello Library.
Steven Damouni is an active performer of both contemporary and traditional repertoire. He holds a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance and a Masters of Art in Music from Washington State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Steven has performed in masterclass for many prominent teachers including: Nelita True, Doug Humphreys, Robert McDonald, Stephen Drury, and Jonathan Feldman among others. In the summer of 2015, he participated in New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice where he performed the Concord Sonata of Charles Ives in masterclasses and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He has won numerous regional and state competitions and is equally at ease as a chamber musician. Steven is a founding member of The Morsel Trio and is on the roster of the Inverted Space Ensemble. Highlights of this 2017-2018 season include performing the first book of Ligeti’s études for piano, performing with the Partch Ensemble and the UW Baroque Ensemble. He is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Washington where he is studying with Dr. Robin McCabe.
Johannes Brahms, Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major
Charles Corey, From within a Valley Fog
Luke Fitzpatrick, Morsel
Charles Ives, Piano Trio
Maurice Ravel, Piano Trio
Kaija Saariaho, Light and Matter
Daniel Webbon, The old is dying and the new cannot be born
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Seattle, WA, USA