Praised by The Strad Magazine for their "effervescent" playing, Parhelion Trio—Sarah Carrier (flute), Ashleé Miller (clarinet), and Andrea Christie (piano)—is a New York City based, all-female ensemble dedicated to bringing virtuosic, robust, and impactful contemporary music to diverse audiences. The Parhelion Trio’s upcoming 2017-18 season will feature concert collaborations with Hypercube and Unheard-of ensembles, and premieres of new works for trio by American contemporary composers Daniel Weymouth and Erin Rogers. In August 2018, Parhelion will travel to Denmark and Iceland to perform and give workshops alongside Friction Quartet as the featured Ensembles in Residence for New Music for Strings Festival 2018.
Parhelion Trio’s past 2016-17 season included a commission of Pierre Jalbert’s Triple Set through The Flute/Clarinet Duo Consortium; a Spring residency as new music ensemble for “New Music for Adelphi XII” at Adelphi University; and performances alongside Emerson String Quartet members Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer at Carnegie Hall as a Resident Ensemble of New Music for Strings in June 2017. The trio also held a 2017 summer residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire and performed Derek Bermel’s Twin Trio with the Flute/Clarinet Duo Consortium at the 2017 National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis.
In 2016, The Parhelion Trio was a semi-finalist in the inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest chamber competition in the world, and was offered a one-year management prize. Highlights from past concert seasons include performances at Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, Metropolitan Museum of Art “ETHEL and Friends” Series, Cornelia Street Café, Southampton Cultural Center, CUNY Graduate Center, and Stony Brook University among many others. The trio was also featured in a June 2016 interview with Dan Dunford on Episode 44 of his music podcast “Divergent Paths”, which can be downloaded on iTunes.
Parhelion regularly commissions works from leading composers to explore the ensemble’s unique potential. In the past three seasons, Parhelion has premiered over 20 new works dedicated to or written by the trio. Recent premieres include compositions by Sidney Boquiren, Pierre Jalbert, David Loeb, Daniel Felsenfeld, Sunny Knable, and Whitney George. As strong advocates for contemporary music, The Parhelion Trio has presented workshops and performances for young composers of the New York Philharmonic’s “The Composer’s Bridge” program. Parhelion has presented lecture-recitals and masterclasses for students at Adelphi University and St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn.
The Parhelion Trio was formed in 2010 at the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes.