Koerner Piano Trio


Dedicated to the integration of educational initiatives into the world of professional music performance, Koerner Piano Trio is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Vancouver Academy of Music. Comprising three musicians and educators of international acclaim – Nicholas Wright (violin), Joseph Elworthy (cello), and Amanda Chan (piano) – Koerner Piano Trio carries out its educational mandate through numerous outreach initiatives and performances, sharing the joy of chamber music with aspiring musicians and avid audiences. The trio is named in honor of one of the founders of the Vancouver Academy of Music, Ms. Iby Koerner.


Koerner Piano Trio 2021/22 Season

Haydn, Shostakovich, & Brahms
Sunday, December 5, 2:00pm
Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music

The Koerner Piano Trio presents three works sure to capture your attention from the very start. The opening chord of Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 45 in Eb Major will draw you in and keep you delighted by the simple, tuneful melodies and soul-searching modulations. Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, written upon the loss of his closest friend, takes you on a journey that juxtaposes intense emotions, as if the trio is mourning and remembering together. Although revised and finalized in his fifties, Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major retains the masterful scoring to highlight and heighten the passions his younger self felt when composing this work.

Click here for tickets


Past Events

Elegy to Elation
Sunday, September 15, 2:00pm
Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music

From heartbreaking lament to joyful exuberance, Koerner Piano Trio opens the season with a full range of musical emotion. Featuring soloistic roles for each instrument, Haydn’s Trio in D Major tickles the ear with humour and livelihood. A grief-laden theme opens Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elegiaque No. 1, which gradually transforms into a bold and animated spirit. This gripping pathos turns to rejuvenation through the warm, expressive phrases of Schubert, completing the emotional journey with Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb Major.

Click here for tickets


Bohemian Dances (Cancelled)
This concert has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 
Sunday, April 5, 2:00pm
Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music

A musical delight awaits in this trio of offerings: experience a front row seat to Beethoven’s ‘Kakadu’ Variations Op. 121a and hear this comic bird come alive before your very ears. Dvořák makes an appearance in Suk’s Trio Op. 2 in C minor, with its powerful opening chords that transition to a graceful folk dance and driving energy. The rhythmic drive and seamlessly blended voices of Dvořák’s exhilarating Trio No. 1 Op. 21 concludes the afternoon, rounding out a concert full of colour and lyricism.

Click here for tickets