Nicholas Wright, violin 
Amanda Chan, piano
Joseph Elworthy, cello

Koerner Piano Trio

Dates and Tickets
Sun, 08 Nov 2020, 14:00
Anvil Centre, New Westminster
Limited to
50 tickets
Sun, 08 Nov 2020, 16:30
Anvil Centre, New Westminster
Limited to
50 tickets
Sun, 08 Nov 2020, 14:00
Sun, 08 Nov 2020, 16:30

KPT presents two diverse programs that epitomize the unique musical voices of Mozart, Turina, and Smetana. In many ways, this program tells the story of the piano trio as a genre of chamber music, beginning with the piano concerto writing of Mozart's first trio, which is in contrast to a more democratic distribution of musical content amongst the three instruments in Smetana's great piano trio. Joaquin Turina's Piano Trio No. 2 seems to splendidly oscillate between the dusty streets of Seville and the cafe culture of Paris. A concert program that is filled with passion, melody, and virtuosity to keep the listener firmly on the edge of their seat. 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Piano Trio in B-flat major, K.502
Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884)
Piano Trio in G minor, Op 15
Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)
Piano Trio No. 2 in B minor, Op. 76
Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884)
Piano Trio in G minor, Op 15
Other Performances From This Artist
About 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.

Nicholas Wright

Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Wright is a native of England. His engagements as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician have taken him to most of the major concert halls in Europe, Asia and North America. He has performed concertos with orchestras worldwide including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Oman Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire spans works from Handel to premieres by composers such as Kelly-Marie Murphy and Jocelyn Morlock, whose works he recently recorded for the Naxos label.


He made his solo debut with the York Guildhall Orchestra playing the Dvořák Romance, which was recorded for BBC Radio 3. His concerts and recordings have also been featured on CBC Radio (Canada) and Radio 4 (Hong Kong). As an orchestral musician, Nicholas has worked with the world’s most renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev and Mstislav Rostropovich. He has performed extensively with the major chamber and symphony orchestras in London including the English Chamber and London Philharmonic Orchestras and has appeared as guest concertmaster with orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Concert and Ulster Orchestras. In 2003, he was appointed as the youngest member of the London Symphony Orchestra where he held the first violin sub-principal position, and in addition, collaborated with film composers John Williams and Alexandre Desplat.

As a chamber musician Nicholas regularly takes part in series such as the Mainly Mozart Festival, Ribble Valley Festival, LSO and VSO chamber players and Vancouver’s Music on Main. He has performed in venues such as LSO St Luke’s and has collaborated with many renowned artists including Martin Roscoe and Simon Wright. Prior to his appointment as concertmaster of the VSO, he was the first violinist of the critically acclaimed Vancouver-based Koerner Quartet.

Nicholas received his training as a scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Rodney Friend. In addition to winning prizes at the Royal College, Nicholas has been generously supported by grants from the Martin Musical Fund, the Craxton Memorial Fund and the Royal Overseas League. This has enabled him to study with many eminent musicians including Ruggiero Ricci and Gil Shaham. Nicholas enjoys teaching and has given many masterclasses internationally. He is on the faculty of the VSO School of Music. Nicholas plays on a violin by Stefan-Peter Greiner.

“wonderfully judged with the seemingly effortless projection of tone…It was a triumph.”
- The York Press

Amanda Chan

Amanda Chan has achieved recognition in her career as concert pianist, teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has given concerts and masterclasses in Canada, USA, China and Europe as a soloist and chamber player. Born and raised in Vancouver, she studied with Edward Parker and was highly successful in her competitive career including winning First and Top Prizes in the Canadian Music Competition National Finals, CIBC National Canadian Music Festival, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association National Bach Competition, “Best Interpretation of a Canadian Premiere Work”, CBC National Young Performers Competition, Concours Orchestre Symphonie de Montreal, to name a few.

After completing the ARCT diploma and receiving the Gold Medal for achieving the highest mark in Canada in 1987, Ms. Chan was awarded Canada Council Arts grants as well as receiving full scholarships from universities to attend undergraduate and graduate degrees. Ms. Chan completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia under Kum-Sing Lee and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Southern California under John Perry. Finishing head of her graduating class at both institutions, she was awarded the prestigious “Top Graduate” award for both degrees. She continued on with doctoral and post-graduate studies at the University of Southern California and the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto. She has also received her training from Marc Durand, Andre Laplante, Jon Kimura Parker, Robin Wood and Karl-Heinz Kammerling.

Her passion for tango jazz led to her becoming the pianist for the now retired band, Tango Paradiso, whose performances included invitations at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Their 2007 CD “Passion” achieved critical acclaim at its release and earned Favorite CD pick from CD Baby.

As an active chamber musician, she is the pianist of the Koerner Piano Trio, renowned for its educational mandate with outreach initiatives and performances. She is also a frequent pianist with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and is regularly featured on the VSO Chamber Players Series. Ms. Chan is the Head of the Piano Department at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She serves on the faculty of the University of British Columbia, School of Music teaching piano and chamber music.

Joseph Elworthy

President & CEO of the Vancouver Academy of Music, Joseph Elworthy has been a featured soloist, recitalist, and chamber music performer on such stages as Alice Tully Hall, Suntory Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, and Sejong Hall. Mr. Elworthy has been named a Fellow of The Royal Conservatory of Music for his extraordinary contribution to Canadian Arts and Culture, an honor he shares with such cultural icons as Oscar Peterson, Robertson Davies, Adrienne Clarkson and Leon Fleisher. His recordings can be heard on EMI, Sony, Archtype, Naxos and Bose record labels. In addition to receiving the Sylva Gelber Award of $15,000, Joseph has been the recipient of multiple Canada Council career grants exceeding $50,000. Mr. Elworthy is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Yale University where he was the recipient of the Aldo Parisot – Yo-Yo Ma Prize – the highest honour issued by Yale University to a graduating cellist.

Mr. Elworthy has been a visiting artist at the Beijing Conservatory, Harvard University, Royal Northern College of Music, Glenn Gould School, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Joseph Elworthy co-founded the Koerner Piano Trio, the first chamber ensemble in residence at the Vancouver Academy of Music. In 2013, Mr. Elworthy was appointed as Western Music Advisor for the newly established Haw Par Music Foundation – a collaborative educational initiative linking Vancouver and Hong Kong. Joseph Elworthy was a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for 12 years before retiring from the orchestra in 2014. Joseph plays on a rare Ferdinando Gagliano circa 1760 that once belonged to the legendary German cellist, Hugo Becker.