The Fair Trade Trio is a professional string trio that regularly performs around New York City and tours North America and is comprised of violinist Ashley Windle, violist Hannah Levinson, and cellist Jeanette Stenson. The trio specializes in creating accessible performances for all audiences and has a mission to champion the works of living female composers alongside the standard chamber music canon.
We have developed partnerships with several area music programs including the WHIN Music Project, the Corona Youth Music Project, the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. All of our educational partner schools receive free performances at their schools and complimentary tickets to our concerts.
Continuing our mission to champion the works of living female composers, we recently recorded Jennifer Higdon’s monumental string trio and commissioned a new string trio by composer Emily Doolittle and gave world premiere in July, 2017. Both works will be featured in our upcoming album of string trios written by living female composers, a project expected to be completed in the next few years.
The Fair Trade Trio embarked on its second tour of the Pacific northwest this summer where they returned to perform at the Silk Purse Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC, the Oak Bay chamber music series in Victoria, BC, and the KidsQuest museum in Seattle, WA. The trio also made its debut at the Old Church in Portland, OR and at the Resonance at SOMA Towers in Seattle, WA with Seattle Symphony pianist Li-Tan Hsu. The tour featured the world premiere of Emily Doolittle’s string trio “Field Guide” commissioned by the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society.
This season, the Fair Trade Trio was invited to perform for Music for Autism, a concert series focused on enhancing quality of life and raising public awareness through free, autism-friendly, interactive concerts developed specifically for individuals with autism and their families. We also enjoyed performing at the Horace Mann School during their annual “Music Week.”
We closed our 2017/2018 New York performing series with a concert and reception at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, featuring “Nelson” by living female and local composer Molly Herron, Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Serenade for string trio, and the incredible first piano quartet by Johannes Brahms with guest artist, pianist Taisiya Pushkar.