Silverwood Trio Biography

The Silverwood Trio brings to its audiences the unique combination of flute/soprano, cello and piano, offering the varied colorations of the instruments and voice. The Trio's repertoire covers a wide range of styles from the Baroque to Contemporary, including original compositions by Paul Hoffman. Audiences have praised the Silverwood Trio's performances as, "sheer magic," "wonderful music, masterfully played," and "a rare and wonderful treat on a warm summer night or anytime!"

The Silverwood Trio has performed extensively in and around the Boston area and has been the guests of such institutions as the Duxbury Art Complex Museum, the Brookline Library Music Association, the Federal Reserve Bank Concert Series, the MIT Endicott House Concert Series, the MIT Artists Behind-the-Desk Series, the Newton Free Library Recital Series, the Thayer Public Library Concert Series and South Shore Conservatory. They have also performed live broadcasts on BCTV, Boston. Their debut CD, In This World, was featured on Classics in the Morning on WGBH, 89.7 FM and also on WQED, Pittsburgh.

Their debut cd titled, In This World, features the song cycle of the same name composed by Paul Hoffman using text from Alan Lightman's novel Einstein's Dreams and funded, in part, by a grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Flutist/soprano, Cindy Woolley has been a soloist with the MIT Chamber Orchestra and has played with the MIT Chamber Players, the Osmium Wind Quintet, the New Bedford Symphony, the North Shore Philharmonic and the International Trio. She has given several solo and chamber recitals in the Boston/Cambridge area including two funded, in part, by the Council for the Arts at MIT. Ms. Woolley received her M.M. Degree in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Lois Schaefer. She is currently studying voice with Jean Danton.

Cellist, Walter Halvorsen is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Paul Tobias, and studied at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, under the tutelage of Orlando Cole of the Curtis String Quartet. Mr. Halvorsen has performed with the Trillium Flute Trio, the Philadelphia Chamber Soloists and the Les Mistral Oboe Quartet. He is a former member of the Chataugua Symphony Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and a professional section coach for the Newton Symphony.

Pianist/composer, Paul Hoffman received his M.M. Degree in Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory studying with Patricia Zander. He has performed throughout the Boston area both as soloist and as chamber musician. Mr. Hoffman has earned numerous performance awards, including Third Prize in the 1992 Bartok/Kabelevsky International Piano Competition. He is currently on the piano faculty of the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham and is Music Director at St. Bernard's Church in Newton. His compositions include: In This World for flute/soprano, cello and piano and Ostinaughty for flute, cello and piano (both written for and premiered by the Silverwood Trio); Memoires of the Roman Zoo for flute, clarinet and bassoon; several piano pieces; and a setting of the Easter Proclamation for chorus.

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