Lefthand Canyon Trio: bio and repertoire

Lefthand Canyon Trio bio and repertoire
The Lefthand Canyon Trio
Christina Jennings, flute
Matthew Dane, viola
Jonathan Leathwood, guitar

The Lefthand Canyon Trio is a Colorado-based chamber ensemble exploring the rich and colorful sounds of flute, viola, and guitar. The group performs a variety of repertoire, including both transcriptions and original pieces of the 18th through 21st centuries.

A Bangor native, Matthew Dane is a member of the Boulder Piano Quartet and serves as Principal Violist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston. Chamber music festival appearances include OK Mozart, Portland (Maine), Chamber Music Quad Cities (Iowa), Ruby Mountains (Nevada), and Tanglewood. With the BPQ and Jon Manasse he has recorded quintets of Lowell Liebermann for Koch Records. Dane has appears as soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir; his chamber performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today and BBC’s Channel 3. In summers Dane performs in the Colorado Music Festival and teaches at the Texas Music Festival. Past faculty appointments include the University of Colorado and the University of Oklahoma, where he earned tenure. His Doctoral Document, which examines the teaching influence of Karen Tuttle, enjoys wide circulation among amateur and professional violists nationwide. Dane has served the viola community as Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society and currently is a Viola Society Board member at both the local and national levels. www.daneviola.com.

Jonathan Leathwood is one of the few guitarists to perform on six-string and ten-string guitars, mixing modern and traditional works in his innovative programs. His last London concert led Classical Guitar to call him “a genius”; the Musical Times of London has written of his “remarkable talent and singular artistry,” while Fabio Zanon wrote in Violão Intercambio that “he has to be seen to be believed.” Equally known as a collaborator with both performers and composers, Jonathan Leathwood has recorded two albums with the legendary flutist William Bennett, and recorded and broadcast with elite cellists Rohan de Saram and Steven Isserlis. His commissions from composers such as Param Vir, Stephen Goss, Robert Keeley and Chris Malloy have pushed the boundaries of both six- and ten-string guitars. His recordings of Goss, Dodgson and Malloy are available on the Cadenza label, with recordings of Ohana planned for the future.

Jonathan Leathwood writes and lectures on a range of topics from Bach to Elliott Carter. In 2001 he conceived and edited Guitar Forum, a new scholarly journal for the classical guitar published in the United Kingdom. Jonathan teaches at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

updated: 3 years ago