Longleash (violin, cello, piano) is an ensemble with traditional instrumentation and a progressive identity. Inspired by music that exhibits unusual sonic beauty, innovative ideas about chamber music, and the presence of genuine cultural identity, Longleash applies the artistic ethos of chamber musicianship to the interpretation of contemporary music, creating performances that are both invigoratingly dynamic and thoughtfully refined. An “expert young trio” praised for its “subtle and meticulous musicianship” (Strad Magazine), Longleash has quickly earned a reputation in the US and abroad for innovative programming, artistic excellence, and new music advocacy.
In 2015-2016, Longleash balances a full performing schedule with ongoing commissioning and recording projects and the trio’s own summer festival, The Loretto Project. Recent highlights include appearances at EMPAC, National Sawdust, the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, The Green Music Center, Merkin Hall, and San Francisco’s Center for New Music. Longleash cares deeply about supporting young and emerging composers and has enjoyed presenting lectures and composition readings at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, Ohio University, and Rutgers University.
The trio takes its name from Operation Long Leash, a recently declassified CIA operation designed to disseminate the work of American avant-garde artists throughout Europe during the Cold War.