Originally formed in 2007 at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, The Saguaro Piano Trio first burst onto the scene with stunning successes in the world’s most exclusive chamber music competitions and performances across Europe, Australasia, and North America. In September 2009, they solidified their reputation as one of the most thoughtful and engaging young ensembles in the classical music world today by taking first prize and special Brahms prize at the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg, whose jury was led by renowned pianist and chamber musician Menahem Pressler. The Saguaro Piano Trio has performed in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Japan, at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, and at festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Their passion for the vitality of new music has led them to premiere works by a number of composers. They have been broadcast on national radio in Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and have released an album on the Fontenay Classics label containing works by Haydn, Babadjanian and Ravel. The Saguaro Piano Trio is named after the iconic giant cactus of the American Southwest. They are currently based in Los Angeles, and serve as Young Ensemble in Residence for the Da Camera Society.
Internationally acclaimed violinist Luanne Homzy is highly sought-after for her "Olympian tone" (Huffington Post), technical facility, and expansive versatility. She has been featured as soloist with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Juneau Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Colburn Orchestra, and has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Banff Center, among others in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia. She has served as concertmaster for the Colburn Orchestra, the American Youth Orchestra, and the Long Beach Chamber Orchestra, and is currently concertmaster of the South Coast Symphony Orchestra. Luanne has collaborated with renowned artists such as Arnold Steinhardt, Franklin Cohen, Ani Kavafian, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, Niklas Schmidt, Paul Neubauer, and the Tokyo String Quartet. She is also involved internationally in gypsy, jazz, Eastern European folk, bluegrass, and pop/rock ensembles. She regularly records for motion pictures and television, and also composes music commercially. A graduate of the Colburn Conservatory, Luanne studied with Robert Lipsett and Arnold Steinhardt, and later earned her Masters Degree at the Hamburg Hochschule. She is currently based in Los Angeles. Please visit luannehomzy.com for more information.
Praised for the warmth of his sound and range of color, American cellist Peter Myers (b. 1985) is internationally known as a chamber musician, and since 2017 has held the position of Assistant Principal Cellist with the San Francisco Opera. A founding member of the Saguaro Piano Trio, which won first prize in the 2009 International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg, as well as SAKURA, a unique and innovative quintet of cellos (both currently Young-Ensembles-in-Residence with the Da Camera Society, Los Angeles), Mr. Myers has appeared at the Marlboro, La Jolla, and Mozaic festivals, on tour with Musicians from Marlboro, and abroad in Germany, Italy, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Mongolia, Laos, and Pakistan. He has also performed as guest principal cellist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His mentors have included Ronald Leonard at the Colburn Conservatory and Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California. He plays on an 1876 cello by Claude-Augustin Miremont.
Pianist Ellen Hwangbo is known for her expressive power and passionate interpretations. A top-prize winner of the Music Teachers National Association’s National Young Artist Competition in 2006, she has also performed to great acclaim across Asia, Europe, and North America, with recent performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall. As a spirited chamber musician, Ms. Hwangbo has performed with world-renowned musicians such as Soovin Kim, Colin Carr, Jennifer Frautschi, William Sharp, Paul Neubauer, Eduardo Leandro, Natasha Brofsky, and Wu Han, among others. Ms. Hwangbo’s performances have been broadcast on several radio stations including VPR Classical and WRCJ Detroit. She has appeared at the Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Lake Champlain, Sarasota, and Aspen music festivals, as well as Pianofest and the Banff Centre. She is currently a doctoral candidate at SUNY Stony Brook, where she studies under luminary pedagogue Gilbert Kalish.