Eroica Trio

The Eroica Trio is an American piano trio consisting of Erika Nickrenz, piano; Sara Parkins, violin; and Sara Sant'Ambrogio, cello.

The trio take their name from Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.[1] They have toured and recorded widely, and released six recordings for Angel/EMI Classics Records, garnering multiple Grammy Award nominations.

The founding members of the trio were Nickrenz, Sant'Ambrogio, and Adela Peña. They were all trained at the Juilliard School.[2] In addition to being accomplished musicians, the Eroica Trio have attracted attention in the chamber music world from some as physically attractive, stylishly dressed women.[3][4][5][6]

The trio took first prize in the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Competition in 1991. Their first compact disc recording Eroica Trio won National Public Radio's 1997 Performance Today Award for "Debut Recording of the Year."[1]

In addition to touring with a varied piano trio repertoire, the Eroica Trio often appear in concert with major orchestras performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto.

The Eroica Trio commissioned a triple concerto by American composer Kevin Kaska. It was premiered by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in November 2001.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Eroica Trio Background". Eroica Trio. Archived from the original on 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2006-05-28.
  2. ^ "Eroica Trio will perform classical concert at museum". The Standard-Times. 2002-05-09. p. C6. Retrieved 2006-05-28.
  3. ^ A 'reputation as the glamour girls of chamber music.' Smith, Whitney (2005-06-17). "Eroica Trio seeks to keep focus on music". Indianapolis Star. Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved 2006-05-28.
  4. ^ Described as 'striking young women.' "Loyola University College of Music presents The Eroica Trio in concert on October 6th". Loyola University New Orleans. Retrieved 2006-05-28.
  5. ^ Described as 'young, slender, glamorously dressed women.' Rydzynski, Michael (2003-10-23). "Eroica Trio prefers triple concertos". Irvine World News. Retrieved 2006-05-28.
  6. ^ Discussion of the controversy over emphasis on glamour. Keuffel, Ken, Jr. (1999-02-05). "Classical beauties: Award-winning Eroica Trio not shy about being lovely to look at". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original (posted on Arizona Chamber Music) on 2006-02-10. Retrieved 2006-05-28.
  7. ^ Templeton, David (February 2004). "Live and Learn: The Eroica Trio talks about Beethoven, life, death, love, and being taken seriously". Strings. Archived from the original on 2006-05-16. Retrieved 2006-05-28.

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