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BIOGRAPHY

In May of 2016, the Callisto Piano Trio established themselves as the youngest ensemble ever to medal in the 43-year history of the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Praised by the International Holland Music Sessions as “a young chamber music sensation from the United States,” the Callisto Trio, comprised of Geneva Lewis, violin; Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello; and Katelyn Vahala, piano, currently enjoys an active international performance career.

As Artists in Residence at the Da Camera Chamber Music Society, the Callisto Trio regularly performs in the Los Angeles area. They have also toured throughout the Netherlands and Slovakia at the invitation of the International Holland Music Sessions, performing at venues such as Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Philharmonic Bratislava. While on tour, they were additionally featured on multiple Dutch national radio broadcasts and gave educational concerts at local schools. 

      The Callisto Trio is passionate about teaching, and as faculty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Intensive Seminar, they coached young students and presented public masterclasses, performances, and lectures. They also love sharing music within their communities, introducing new audiences to a diverse array of piano trio repertoire. 

The trio is primarily based at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, where they worked under the guidance of Andrew Cook. Other mentors have included Ralph Kirshbaum, Lucinda Carver, Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Kalichstein, and Merry Peckham. Geneva and Annie study at the New England Conservatory of Music with Miriam Fried and Laurence Lesser, respectively. Katelyn studies at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music with Dr. Lucinda Carver. 

CONCERT SCHEDULE

2018-19 Season

RECITAL AT THE KEATING RESIDENCE

April 14th, 2019
2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm

Returning as artists for the Da Camera Society for Chamber Music, the Callisto Trio will present a program of Dvorak's "Dumky" Trio, Haydn Trio no. 28 in E Major, and Schoenfield Cafe Music.

http://dacamera.org/concert_info.php?products_id=369

RECITAL AT THE PHILHARMONIA BRATISLAVA

Callisto Trio plays a program of Ives, Schoenfield and Dvorak in the Reduta Concert Hall, Bratislava.

http://www.filharmonia.sk/en/events/event/international-holland-music-sessions-hm2-2/

January 15th, 2019
7:00 pm

RECITAL AT THE CONCERTGEBOUW

January 13th, 2019
2:30 pm

Callisto Trio performs a program of Ives, Schoenfield, and Dvorak in the world-famous Royal Concertgebouw Recital Hall. 

https://www.concertgebouw.nl/en/concerts/new-masters-on-tour-callisto-trio/13-01-2019

RADIO PERFORMANCE "SPIEGELZAAL"

January 13th, 2019
10:00 am

Callisto Trio joins host Hans van den Boom for a live performance in the Concertgebouw Spiegelzaal of Dvorak.

https://www.nporadio4.nl/spiegelzaal/uitzendingen/650682:2019-01-13-spiegelzaal?fbclid=IwAR3ge5CW_xEKTwQ1J0nzjrnomRfiYiRrPIBrVRNSLVmU00L7tea7XDL_LC4

RADIO PERFORMANCE NPO4 "DE KLASSIEKEN"

Callisto Trio joins host Ab Nieuwdorp for a live performance on "De Klassieken" of Dvorak and Schoenfield.

January 10th, 2019

10:00 am

RECITAL AT HOORNDER KERK

January 7th, 2019
8:15 pm

Callisto Trio plays a program of Ives, Schoenfield and Dvorak in the Hoornder Kerk in Den Hoorn, Texel.

https://www.texelsecourant.nl/nieuws/cultuur/78413/concert-callisto-trio-in-hoornder-kerkje

RECITAL AT THEATER DE VEST

January 6th, 2019
12:00 pm

For the first concert in their European tour, the Callisto Trio performs a program of Schoenfield, Ives and Dvorak, followed by a post-concert interview.

https://theaterdevest.nl/tickets/seizoen-2018-2019/koffieconcert-met-het-callisto-trio-de-jongste-kamermuzieksensatie-uit-de-verenigde-staten/

RECITAL AT BARRETT HALL

The Callisto Trio returns home to Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music to kick off their European tour with a program of Schoenfield, Ives and Dvorak.

January 3rd, 2019
7:00 pm

 

TRIO MEMBERS

 

Violin

GENEVA LEWIS

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, violinist Geneva Lewis has performed as a chamber musician and soloist throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a member of many prize-winning ensembles, including the Chimera Quartet and the Incendium Quartet. She was also a member of the Ravos Quartet, which was selected as a New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble in 2016 and 2017, as well as a current member of the Callisto Trio, which was the recipient of the Bronze Medal in the senior division at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, as the youngest group to ever compete in the finals. Most recently, the Callisto Trio participated in the Masters on Tour series of the International Holland Music Sessions, during which they performed at such locations as the Philharmonic Bratislava and the Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Geneva has been the recipient of a number of solo and chamber music awards, including first prizes at YoungArts, the Music Center Spotlight Awards, ENKOR, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, St. Paul’s String Quartet Competition, and the M-Prize, among others. She was also a finalist at the Naumburg Competition. As a soloist, she has performed with the Pasadena Symphony, Pasadena Pops, Symphony NH, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Culver City Symphony, Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra, Brentwood Westwood Symphony Orchestra, and Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra.  
Geneva is currently in her third year of studies at the New England Conservatory, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance, where she is a student of Miriam Fried. She has spent past summers involved in solo and chamber music at such programs as the Ravinia Steans Institute for Piano and Strings, the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Workshop, the International Holland Music Sessions, the Taos School of Music and the Heifetz International Music Institute. This summer, she will be attending the Marlboro Music Festival.
Geneva plays on a 1731 Carlo Antonio Testore violin, generously on loan from the Ravinia Steans Music Institute.

GALLERY

 

REPERTOIRE

Beethoven Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1, “Ghost”
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
Dvorak Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 B. 166, “Dumky”
Haydn Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major Hob. XV:25, “Gypsy”
Haydn Piano Trio No. 44 in E Major Hob. XV:28
Higdon Piano Trio
Ives Piano Trio
Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66
Rachmaninov Trio Élégiaque No. 1 in G minor
Schoenfield Café Music
Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Smetana Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15