Pyxis Piano Quartet was founded in 2009 to perform chamber music concerts that include works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as traditional and contemporary masterpieces for piano quartet. Compelling, engaging and informative, their vibrant performances have become increasingly sought after in the mid-Atlantic region. The Philadelphia Inquirer has described Pyxis as “excellent,” and Christine Facciolo (deartsinfo.com) stated in a recent review “balance, ensemble, superb intonation and sensitive interpretation characterized this performance.”
Pyxis has been heard along the East Coast in concerts from Virginia to Pennsylvania. The ensemble’s performances have become a highlight of the Delaware arts scene, and this year they are in their 9th season as artists in residence at the Delaware Art Museum. To begin the 2017-2018 season, the ensemble performed and coached sectionals at the Delaware Orchestral and Chamber Music Institute (with guest artist Arkansas Symphony co-concertmaster Andrew Irvin). This season also includes return performances as resident performers at First and Central Presbyterian Church (Wilmington, Delaware) in Market Street Music’s Festival Concert series and in the “Celebrate the Arts Series” at Doylestown (Pennsylvania) Presbyterian Church.
Recent season highlights included return engagements at the Kent Chamber Music Series and the German Society of Pennsylvania, debut appearances at the Annie M. Gaul Concert Series at St. John’s (Hain’s) Church in Wernersville (Pennsylvania) and Concerts on the Square at Philadelphia’s Church of the Holy Trinity. Other past notable performances have been at St. Monica’s Church (Berwyn, Pennsylvania); the Delaware Symphony Orchestra Champagne Chamber Series at the DuPont Hotel Gold Ballroom; a benefit concert with the Harmony for Peace Foundation; the Newark (Delaware) Free Library; and recitals as featured artists at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival and at Villanova University.
Pyxis delights in working with esteemed musical guest artists from our area and farther afield. Past collaborations have included composer Ingrid Arauco and faculty members from the University of Delaware, University of North Carolina School for the Arts, James Madison University, the Pennsylvania School of the Arts, and the College of New Jersey, as well as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Relache Ensemble, and Serafin String Quartet.
The musicians of Pyxis are also committed educators. As private instructors they have a significant impact on their musical community, reaching over 80 students on a weekly basis. The ensemble has performed educational concerts for children at the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Montessori School, St. Monica’s School (Berwyn, Pennsylvania) and in southern Delaware under the auspices of Coastal Concerts, Inc.
The group takes its name from the Pyxis constellation, also known as the Mariners’ Compass, whose symbol is the compass rose. The points of the compass rose represent the new artistic directions that the group strives to take together while recognizing the different backgrounds and experiences of its musicians.