About Us

About The Trio

Celebrating its twentieth season together as one of the most distinguished piano trios in North America, the Newstead Trio's performances are personified by warmth, energy, and depth of expression. They have performed for audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Singapore, and China, including sold out concerts in at Beijing's National Centre for Performing Arts, and at Carnegie Hall in New York.

The trio made their New York debut at Carnegie Hall, and has been broadcast live on radio and television. Their innovative and uniquely accessible concert programming combines traditional piano trio literature with more contemporary works that includes several commissioned works by widely respected composers. These presentations are characterized by a dramatic variety that can be enjoyed by diverse audiences worldwide. In addition, they have performed customized residency activities at college campuses spanning the United States and in China, and have been a resident ensemble for various festivals in China, Italy, and the United States. These presentations are characterized by an eclectic variety of activities including various workshops, lectures and performances at non traditional venues for students well versed in the art of music to audiences who had never before been exposed to classical chamber music.

Of their residency at Dartmouth College, Joe Clifford, Outreach and Arts Education Manager, says, “Michael, Sara and Xun…did wonders to show audiences that chamber music (whether classical or contemporary) is a vivid genre, alive with the human spirit.

 

”The Newstead Trio and has been included on the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour since its inception in 1996 and was the ensemble in residence at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music for sixteen years. The trio has also been named Ambassador for the Qinghai Zongheng Culture and Arts Development Company in China and has six commercially released recordings to date.”

 

 

Biographies

Michael Jamanis

Michael Jamanis, Violin
Michael Jamanis received a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, a Master of Music from Yale University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University. He has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, including the Lincoln Center, Victor Herbert, and Metro- Media Awards. In addition, he has worked with such artists as Leonard Bernstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Bernard Greenhouse and Joseph Fuchs. Jamanis is a founding member of the acclaimed Newstead Trio and has performed in major concert halls worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. Instrumental and innovative in offering musically enriching experiences to diverse audiences around the world, Michael Jamanis has provided educational classes and performances from inner city school programs to colleges and music conservatories. Dr. Jamanis is a visiting professor at China Northwest University for Nationalities and a senior adjunct assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Sara Male

Sara Male, Cello
Canadian cellist Sara Male received an Associate of the Arts in Music degree from the Victoria  Conservatory of Music in Canada, where she was presented the Principal Emeritus Prize. Her major teachers include Jim Hunter, Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova and Timothy Eddy. Ms. Male holds a Bachelor of Music with high honors from Rutgers University, and a Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Ms. Male is a former member of the Saskatoon Symphony and is well sought after as a chamber music recitalist, having performed in major venues in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. In 1994, Ms. Male joined the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music as cello instructor. She founded and directed the Academy's  Chamber Music Program from 1994-2010. Sara is an adjunct assistant professor of cello at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.

Biographies

Michael Jamanis

Michael Jamanis, Violin
Michael Jamanis received a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, a Master of Music from Yale University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University. He has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, including the Lincoln Center, Victor Herbert, and Metro- Media Awards. In addition, he has worked with such artists as Leonard Bernstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Bernard Greenhouse and Joseph Fuchs. Jamanis is a founding member of the acclaimed Newstead Trio and has performed in major concert halls worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. Instrumental and innovative in offering musically enriching experiences to diverse audiences around the world, Michael Jamanis has provided educational classes and performances from inner city school programs to colleges and music conservatories. Dr. Jamanis is a visiting professor at China Northwest University for Nationalities and a senior adjunct assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Sara Male

Sara Male, Cello
Canadian cellist Sara Male received an Associate of the Arts in Music degree from the Victoria  Conservatory of Music in Canada, where she was presented the Principal Emeritus Prize. Her major teachers include Jim Hunter, Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova and Timothy Eddy. Ms. Male holds a Bachelor of Music with high honors from Rutgers University, and a Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Ms. Male is a former member of the Saskatoon Symphony and is well sought after as a chamber music recitalist, having performed in major venues in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. In 1994, Ms. Male joined the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music as cello instructor. She founded and directed the Academy's  Chamber Music Program from 1994-2010. Sara is an adjunct assistant professor of cello at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.

Xun Pan

Xun Pan, Piano
Chinese-American pianist Xun Pan received his early musical training from his grandmother and pianists-parents, Pan Yiming and Ying Shizhen. He continued his studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Syracuse University in New York, and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

 

Mr. Pan has won many international piano competitions and awards, beginning with first prize in the 1986 China National Piano Competition in Beijing, and the "Dr. Luis Sigall" International Piano Competition in Chile in 1987, the International Festival Piano Competition in Korea in 1990, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York in 1992, and the Artists International Competition in New York in 1993. A student of Theodore Lettvin, Mr. Pan has performed solo recitals worldwide from Carnegie Weill Hall to the Beijing National Center for Performing Arts. He has performed in Moscow, Santiago, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Pyong-Yang, London, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Taipei, Budapest, New York, Vina Del Mar, Washington DC, Lisbon, Toronto, Boston, and many other cities in the world. He “…excites his audience with extraordinary power and masterful technique.” (Intelligencer Journal)

A noted chamber musician, Mr. Pan is the pianist of the Newstead Trio and Trio Clavino. Their work has been broadcast live on radio and television, and they have released several highly acclaimed recordings. Dr. Pan has been served as a judge in several competitions includes "Frinna Awerbuch" International Piano Competition in New York and United States Music Open Competition in Oakland, CA.

 

Mr. Pan is an adjunct professor at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a visiting professor at China Conservatory of Music, China Northwest University for Nationalities, Fuzhou University, Yantai University, Shandong University, Qinghai Normal University, and Wenzhou University.