Butler School of Music

New Faculty Ensemble Debuts from the Butler School of Music

AUSTIN, Texas – The Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the formation of its newest faculty ensemble, The Butler Trio. Sandy Yamamoto, violin, Joshua Gindele, cello, and Colette Valentine, piano, formed the trio in honor of Sarah and Ernest Butler, whose generous contributions have helped the arts in Austin thrive.

In May 2011, Yamamoto left the Miro Quartet, of which Gindele is the cellist, to focus on family life. However, after performing for over 15 years and across three continents,Gindele and Yamamoto could not abandon their musical bond and formed The Butler Trio along with Valentine, a well-respected and accomplished pianist, particularly when it comes to piano trio literature. The repertoire available for the ensemble is varied,
giving the ensemble a wide range of choices for future programming. The group has plans to tour in the United States, but for now they are focusing on their debut in Austin. "We all make our home and work here in Austin, so our target audience is the incredible
and loyal classical music audience in our beloved town," said Yamamoto.

The trio's debut performance of Schubert's B-flat trio and F-minor trio by Antonín Dvořák will take place in Jessen Auditorium on The University of Texas at Austin
campus on Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available one hour prior to performance at the box office. $10, $5 all students.

Photograph by Raymond Thompson