Merz, a term coined by German artist and polymath Kurt Schwitters, refers to connection, sharing, and possibility. These are the values that the Merz Trio holds close in their work, constantly experimenting with connections between artist and audience, music and text, and collaborations between myriad art forms. Seamlessly tacking between traditional repertoire and the music of our time, the Trio are known for their vibrantly dynamic programming, wide-ranging interdisciplinary collaboration, and prolific new arrangements of works for piano trio.
The Trio is composed of Brigid Coleridge on violin, Julia Yang on cello, Lee Dionne on piano. Coming from different sides of the globe and wide ranges of repertoire and experiences, the three artists’ openness to the possibilities that performance art holds sets their work apart. Hailed as "artists in the deepest sense of the word" (CutCommon), the Merz Trio, winners of the Naumburg, Fischoff, Concert Artists Guild, and Chesapeake Competitions, have been lauded for their "stunning virtuosity… fresh and surprising interpretations" (Reading Eagle), and "perfection of intonation and ensemble" (Hudson Review).