Triple Helix Trio
The award-winning and internationally known musicians of Triple Helix—violinist Bayla Keyes, cellist Rhonda Rider, and pianist Lois Shapiro—joined together in 1995. Subsequently, the ensemble has become known as one of the best piano trios on today’s musical landscape. In addition to presenting vibrant traditional concerts, the trio offers engaging musical explorations, informal lecture/recitals that bring audience members inside each piece to experience the work’s unique structure and inner life. As artists-in-residence at Wellesley, the musicians take such programs into a wide range of classrooms, thereby enhancing students’ grasp of the cultural and social aspects of the period or subject (even mathematics!) that they are exploring. Passionate advocates for new music, Triple Helix has premiered works by David Rakowski, Ross Bauer, Richard Cornell, Arlene Zallman, Andy Vores, James Bolle, and Chan Hae Lee; in 2000, the trio won a commissioning grant from Chamber Music America, which enabled Lee Hyla to compose "Amnesia Redux" for them.