The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has announced today that the Gryphon Trio, have been appointed Directors Designate of the classical music summer program at the Banff Centre — Canada’s largest post-graduate arts training institute.
Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, the appointment comes as a homecoming for the Toronto-based Gryphon Trio, where members Annalee Patipatanakoon (violin), Roman Borys (cello), and James Parker (piano), first met as students over 30 years ago.
“Banff Centre is a cornerstone of our careers,” said Roman Borys in a press release statement. “The Banff Centre provided the inspiration and support that we needed to realize our most ambitious projects. This appointment inspires us to conceive programs that nurture vision, fuel passion, and allow classical music program participants to build on the strengths of the past with the skills and perspectives required to engage audiences in the future. […] Annalee, Jamie, and I are now very excited to pay it forward.”
In a statement from Janice Price, President and CEO of Banff Centre, she described the trio as a “Canadian success story” […] “We are excited to see what they will achieve at Banff Centre.”
The Banff Centre has attracted over 75,000 artists since 1933, and currently hosts nearly 4,000 artists annually. Besides providing a haven for artists towards fostering creativity and creative innovation, they also present more than 400 events as well as courses in multi-disciplinary arts and leadership training.
Beginning in 2019-20, the Gryphon Trio will take over from Co-Artistic Directors Claire Chase and Steven Schick, who have lead the program for the past three seasons. The Banff Centre has stated that they are committed to maintaining the EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet, a program originally started by Chase and Schick during their tenure.