Beethoven for Three

February 27, 2021 | 7 PM EST

The second show of the Boston Festival Chamber Series features Beethoven's String Trio No. 1 in G Major, Op. 9 No. 1 with members of the BFO. Join Alyssa and Nicholas in this unique "talk show" styled live stream as they share with you the magic behind this joyful string trio for violin, viola, and cello.


Beethoven String Trio in G Major, Op. 9 No. 1

Alyssa Wang, violin

Sam Kelder, viola

Thomas Barth, cello

Nicholas Brown, host

Thomas Barth

Cellist Thomas Barth received his Master’s degree from The New England Conservatory of Music in 2019, where he was a recipient of the Gregor Piatagorsky Memorial Fund scholarship. In recent months, he has performed throughout New England with groups such as A Far Cry, The Juventas Ensemble, Palaver Strings,the Atlantic Symphony, and the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra.  His primary teachers include Richard Aaron and Lluís Claret, and he has performed in masterclasses for leading concert cellists such as Truls Mørk, Anner Bylsma, and Johannes Moser. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance with highest honors from the University of Michigan with supplementary studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Netherlands. Thomas is passionate about bringing thoughtful musical programming to the widest possible audiences; as a chamber musician, he has performed in diverse venues such as schools, farms, churches, and community centers throughout North America and Europe. In addition to his performance schedule, he maintains a private teaching studio and serves on the faculty at the Brookline Public Schools and El Sistema Somerville. For the past several years, Thomas has maintained regular yoga and meditation practices and is interested in the connection between mindfulness, music, and movement.  

Sam Kelder
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Described as “dynamic and committed” by the Boston Globe, Dr. Samuel Kelder performs regularly with ensembles A Far Cry, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Guerilla Opera, Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon, and regional symphony orchestras including Rhode Island Philharmonic, Portland (ME) Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony (guest principal), Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (principal viola), and the New Bedford Symphony. He is an avidly sought after chamber musician and soloist across the East Coast, and has performed with members of JACK, Muir, Ulysses, Argus, Aeolus, and Aizuri quartets; and faculty members of New England Conservatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mannes the New School for Music, Boston University, Boston College, Longy at Bard, and Wellesley University.

Kelder joined the Boston based string trio Sound Energy in 2018, an ensemble dedicated to searching for ways to push the traditional violin-viola-cello combination to represent the bold and daring voices of 20th- & 21st-century composers. Their work includes many commissions for string trio, and a residency at Temple University in 2018/2019. Additionally, Sam is co-founder of viola duo Shizuka with Hannah Rose Nicholas, whose mission is to expand the repertoire for the alto pairing while pursuing opportunities to work with young composers and performers at the university level. They have given masterclasses and performances at Tufts University and Boston University, and were awarded an artist residency at Mise En Place in New York City.

Sam has also performed as the featured artist at Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival (VA) and as soloist at New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. He has toured internationally with the Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble, Penderecki Academy, and was guest artist with the Arctic Philharmonic of Norway in 2018.

Sam is a passionate educator, and teaches at Boston University Tanglewood Institute as viola coach and mentor, and at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice.

Alyssa Wang

Alyssa Wang is a passionate and versatile violinist, conductor, and composer. In 2016, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Andrés Cárdenes. She was the winner of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Concerto Competition and the Silbermann Chamber Music Competition, and is the recipient of the Pittsburgh Female College Association Prize, the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Award, the Senior Leadership Award, and the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. During her senior year at Carnegie Mellon she helped to run the Heritage Scholarship Campaign, which raised over $180,000 to start a substantial undergraduate merit scholarship for future School of Music students. Alyssa is also an Andrew Carnegie Scholar. Alyssa completed two Master’s Degrees in violin performance and conducting at the New England Conservatory. During the summers she has been assistant conductor for the Colorado College Summer Music Festival with Scott Yoo and the New Hampshire Music Festival with Paul Polivnick. Currently, Alyssa is the violinist of Hub New Music, a Boston-based mixed-quartet that performs 21st century music. Most recently, Alyssa was commissioned by the Palo Alto Philharmonic as a composer. She also looks forward to the inaugural season of the Boston Festival Orchestra, of which she is co-founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys composing, writing, and photography. For more information please visit