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 performances have become increasingly sought after in the mid-Atlantic region.
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 the group is in their eighth season in residence at the Delaware Art Museum. The 2016-2017 season will also see the ensemble return to the German Society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and the Market Street Music Festival Concerts at First and Central Church in Wilmington, Delaware, where they have become frequent guests.
Pyxis’ 2015-2016 season highlights included return engagements at the Kent Chamber Music Series and debut appearances at the Annie M. Gaul Concert Series at St. John’s (Hain’s) Church in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, and the Brown Bag Lunch Concerts at Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia. Other past notable performances have been at the Celebrate the Arts series in Doylestown, Pennsylvania; 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, 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.