Beau Soir Ensemble
Beau Soir Ensemble is an acclaimed flute, viola, and harp trio, based in the Washington, DC area, dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary chamber music repertoire. Touted for its innovative sound and novel instrumentation, including two members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Beau Soir has delighted audiences since 2007 by offering a unique chamber concert experience.
Beau Soir’s mission is to make chamber music approachable, accessible and enjoyable for novice and sophisticated audiences alike. To further our objectives, Beau Soir performs both in the most esteemed concert halls in the region, including the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Mansion, as well as intimate home and smaller community concerts.
As part of its commitment to exposing audiences to contemporary music and new artists to inspire a new generation of interest in chamber music, Beau Soir concerts frequently feature world and local premieres of new works by exciting composers. In 2021, Beau Soir performed the world premiere of “Two Trios” by Alexander Jacobsen and “Couperin on the Road” by Graham Lynch. The Trio is a recipient of a grant from the American Harp Society to commission a new piece by critically acclaimed Mexican composer Eduardo Angulo, with the world premiere taking place at the Mexican Cultural Institute in the fall of 2022. Beau Soir also performed the world premiere of “Six Mostly Medieval Pieces” by Alexander Jacobsen in 2022. The trio also has a commitment to performing music by historically underrepresented populations and has commissioned a piece by Kimberly Osberg that will be performed in 2023.
The innovative group is also dedicated to expanding traditional Baroque arrangements for flute, viola and harp trios, which includes music by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Recognized for its exciting performance style and diverse programming, Beau Soir continues to attract a strong fan base through its acclaimed performances and unique audience interaction, which includes background, analysis, historical information, and descriptions of performance techniques within each performance.