B i o g r a p h y
“Forward-looking, expert ensemble Third Sound” (The New Yorker) is a collective of virtuoso performers drawn from New York City's finest chamber musicians. The ensemble musicians–flautist Sooyun Kim, clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, violinist Karen Kim, cellist Michael Nicolas, pianist Orion Weiss, and composer Patrick Castillo–have appeared on the most prestigious series and stages around the world and garnered myriad honors, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant, and the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, among many others. Conceived from a desire to present the complete literature as a rich and dynamic continuum, Third Sound brings together an accomplished group of musicians equally skilled in – and equally passionate about – the work of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms as that of composers ranging from Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Messiaen; Carter, Wuorinen, Adams, and Reich; to emerging composers of the early twenty-first century.
Third Sound recorded the title track of Wang Lu's portrait album, Urban Inventory (New Focus Recordings), which was named one of The New Yorker's Notable Performances and Recordings of 2018. In 2020, innova Recordings releases the ensemble's debut album, Heard in Havana.
Third Sound made its debut in November 2015 at the Festival de Música Contemporánea de La Habana (Havana, Cuba), presenting a program of contemporary American music in partnership with the American Composers Forum. I Care If You Listen wrote of the ensemble’s festival performance, “Third Sound played with a level of commitment, joy, and ensemble cohesion that belies the short time they have worked together.” The ensemble has also appeared at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University (New York), National Sawdust (Brooklyn), Bard Music West (San Francisco), the Schubert Club (St. Paul, MN), and elsewhere.