The Alcott Trio is named after American novelist, Louisa May Alcott and her family of experimental educators and Transcendentalists. Their philosophy of humanitarianism, sustainable living and outside-the-box thinking inspire us in our work.
Violinist EMILY POPHAM GILLINS has been blessed to travel the world as a soloist and chamber musician since her debut at age 11 with the Louisville Orchestra. As a member of Ensemble ACJW (now Ensemble Connect), she performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Riker’s Island Prison. Emily has collaborated with artists such as Emmanuel Ax and Rachel Barton Pine, and has played backup strings for Harry Connick, Jr., Sting, and Peter Gabriel. As first violinist of the Degas String Quartet, she performed at halls including the Library of Congress, and toured North Carolina doing residency work at universities and public schools. She has been a member of IRIS Orchestra, the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the New York Chamber Soloists.
Cellist ROBERT LA RUE was First Prize Winner of the National Society of Arts and Letters Cello Competition, selected by a jury chaired by Mstislav Rostropovitch. He has appeared as soloist with the Banff Festival Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, and orchestras in Seattle, Phoenix and Denver. Formerly cellist of the New England String Quartet, he is currently a member of the cello trio, VC3. He performs regularly with the Phoenix Chamber Players at Manhattan's Center for Jewish History and with the Fontenay Ensemble of Stanford, Connecticut , and has also appeared as a guest of the Locrian Chamber Players. As an enthusiastic proponent of American music, Mr. La Rue appeared in a historic concert at Carnegie Hall performing chamber works of Ned Rorem and Lukas Foss with the composers at the piano. He has served as visiting faculty at Yale University's Summer Music School in Norfolk, Connecticut, and has also taught cello at Rutgers University. A member of the New York City Opera Orchestra, he has performed regularly in the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York. Mr. La Rue is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School; he also attended Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. In 2015, he was appointed Music Director of the Arion Chamber Music Series in Manhattan.
Pianist ADRIENNE KIM has performed in New York's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Bargemusic, Boston's Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.'s Phillips Gallery and Ravinia's Rising Stars series in Chicago. She has appeared as soloist with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of Beijing, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the Richmond Orchestra. Ms. Kim was a member of Chamber Music Society Two, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's two-year residency program for emerging young artists. She is the pianist of the Alcott Trio and a founding member of the New York Chamber Music Co-Op, a new creative performance collaborative based in New York City. She performs regularly as a member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble and has performed with the New York Chamber Ensemble, Garden City Chamber Music Society, Lighthouse Chamber Players, Salt Bay Chamberfest, Carnegie Chamber Players, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, the Society for New Music, the Skaneateles Festival, and was the resident pianist of the Seal Bay Festival for American Chamber Music in Maine for 15 years. Ms. Kim teaches at Mannes College, The New School, in the Prep and College divisions, and also serves as head of the Piano Department in the Prep division and the Coordinator of Secondary Piano in the College division.She was Affiliate Artist at Syracuse University and was on the Concert Artist Faculty at Kean University in New Jersey, and taught at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont for 12 summers. She serves on the Executive Board of the Piano Teachers' Congress of New York City. Ms. Kim studied with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where she earned her Bachelor's degree and earned her Master's degree from Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of Leon Fleisher.