Xiphias Trio

Based in Kansas City, the Xiphias Trio is committed to community building through high quality chamber music performance. The group is comprised of three friends who adore eastern European music, artisan cocktails, various species of game fish, and making great music together. Larkin (clarinet), Erik (violin), and Bridget (piano) are active performers and teachers in Kansas City and can be heard performing in a variety of settings for organizations such as the Redux Society, Classical Revolution KC, Vinyl Renaissance, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, and more. Dr. Larkin Sanders is a native of Branson, Missouri and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri where she works as the Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for the Friends of Chamber Music, is the Secretary of the American Single Reed Summit, maintains a private clarinet studio, and performs with Xiphias Trio and other various ensembles. Most notably, Larkin is the founder, executive-artistic director, and a clarinetist of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, a summer music festival in Branson, Missouri. Dr. Sanders is also a Woodwind Method Clinician for D’Addario Woodwinds, for which she frequently gives masterclasses and lectures. She is also a Selmer Paris Artist and performs on Selmer Présence clarinets in addition to D’Addario Reserve mouthpieces and Reserve Classic reeds.
Erik Hassell is a freelance violinist in Kansas City where he performs with other local musicians and teaches all ages of violin and viola students. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Mizzou while studying with Eva Szekely. Since moving back to KC, he has become a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MO) where he is Assistant Principal Second Violin and the Topeka Symphony Orchestra as a first violin member. He also performs with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble and Classical Revolution in KC as well as the Missouri Symphony Orchestra and Odyssey Chamber Ensemble in Columbia. Bridget Clonts is an active pianist and teacher from Kansas City. Having grown up near St. Louis, MO, she took an interest in piano from an early age and in high school furthered her studied with Dr. Jennifer Lim-Judd, consistently winning at major regional competitions, including the St. Louis Ragtime Competition, Missouri Western State University Piano Competition, Fite Family Piano Competition, and the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition Honors Audition, among others. Bridget has maintained an active performing career, and recently performed with members of the Kansas City Symphony and Wichita Symphony Orchestras. As a collaborative artist, she performed on the regular concert series sponsored by the Midwest Chamber Ensemble during the 2013-14 season. In Spring 2014, she performed with her duo partner, flutist Philip Greenwood, at the acclaimed Marigny Opera House in New Orleans.

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