THE AURIA TRIO
Trio blends the lushness of a harp with the whimsy of the flute and the drama of a soprano, and fuses them into artful interpretations of traditional chamber music and more modern treasures.
Immediately intimate and reflective, Auria Trio's performances ultimately
bear the fruit of passion and great spirit. That delicate combination is what gives Auria Trio their unique sound and their
audiences a rare treat of serenity and inspiration in a busy, fast world.
The trio brings together
the talents and experiences of professional artists who have performed all over the globe. Now residing in Los Angeles, they
discovered a collaboration that's just beginning to catch the ear of music lovers across the city.
Soprano Yolanda West performs frequently as a soloist throughout the United States and Europe. She has
appeared on network television and public radio, and in recital for a number of organizations. With
a powerful, yet sweetly inspirational voice, Ms. West appears regularly with symphony orchestras throughout Southern California,
most notably at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Ms. West is a past
prizewinner in several voice competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions-Western Region, Southern
California Opera Guild, and the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc.
Her CDs include: Sweet Sweet Spirit, a collection of art
songs, arias and spirituals; Lord, How Come Me Here?, a collection of sacred songs and spirituals; and An Afternoon
of Sacred Songs, Spirituals and Arias.
A Monterey Peninsula native, Ms. West received her Bachelor
of Music in Voice Performance from Willamette University. She has studied with Val Underwood of Santa Barbara
and soprano Julianna Gondek of Los Angeles.
Morton provides the rich, melodic sounds of the trio, and he has performed throughout the US, China and Europe. The
recipient of numerous awards, including the National Collegiate Music Award, Mr. Morton is the principal flutist for the Southeast
Symphony, and a session player in Nashville and Los Angeles. He has released several CDs; his most recent
release is entitled Peace and Quiet.
Mr. Morton studied jazz at the Berklee College
of Music in Boston. He received his Bachelor of Music from Chapman University, and his Master of Music
degree from the USC Thornton School of Music, both degrees in classical flute performance. His primary
teachers were Arthur Hoberman and Jim Walker.
Harpist Andrea Thiele,
a native of Germany, was principal harpist of the Phoenix Symphony from 1998-2001, and principal harpist of the Staatskapelle
Schwerin from 1994-1998. She has played with the orchestras of the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper
Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and several other local L.A. area orchestras.
soloist, Ms. Thiele has performed with the Polish Chamber Orchestra, the Warsaw Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, Phoenix Symphony,
and Orquestra Sinfonia Nacional of Mexico City. In 1999, she performed at the World Harp Congress in Prague with one of her
chamber music groups.
Her catalogue includes a number of recordings for various European broadcast corporations, as well as two solo CDs,
Harfe/Harp and the Harp Music Sampler (the latter showcases a wide variety of classical, popular and folk
music for the harp). In 2006 she released a CD of flute and harp music with her duo partner Elizabeth Buck.
Ms. Thiele received her diploma
and artist degree with honors at the Hochschule fur Musik, München, and her Master of Music Degree from Yale University.