The Oros Trio is an adventurous chamber music group that performs regularly through the San Francisco Bay Area. Oros is the ancient Greek word for mountain, which represents the ensemble’s goal to aim for new heights and to go on exciting musical journeys. Each program includes music by Greek composers, both classical compositions and arrangements of folk melodies.
Repertoire by Greek Composers
• Nicolas Astrinidis: Capriccio in Modo Balcanico for cello & piano
• Georgios Kassasoglou: Four Greek Dances for flute & piano
• Manolis Kalomiris: Chant Grec for flute & piano
• Traditional: Syrtos from Chios
• July 13, 2019 | Flower Piano | Annual piano festival at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
• May 26, 2019 | Embassy Groupmuse | House Concert in San Francisco
• April 14, 2018 | Chamber Music Uncharted | House Concert in Berkeley, CA
About the Artists
Ellie Falaris Ganelin is a flutist with an engaging stage presence and a unique array of influences. Classically trained, she is also versed in jazz, Latin, Brazilian music, indie, and experimental music. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is active as a performer of chamber and orchestral music. She is committed to making classical music inviting and accessible for all as an ambassador and performer for the Awesöme Orchestra Collective. Ellie is the founder of the Greek Chamber Music Project, a record label and presenter devoted to the music of Greek composers. She has brought her performances with GCMP to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as cultural centers and universities across the U.S. and Canada.
Award-winning pianist Elektra Schmidt performs as a solo artist and in chamber groups in the United States as well as France, Greece, and the United Kingdom. She has had the good fortune to work with such visionaries as Marios Papadopoulos, Neil Immelman, Theodor Paraskeveku, the Ganev duo and others. After graduating summa cum laude from the National Conservatory of her native Greece, Elektra pursued her post-graduate studies in Paris at the Schola Cantorum and the Conservatoire Raoul Pugno under the guidance of distinguished pianist Lilia Boyadjieva. Elektra is the founder of Artist Migration, an organization dedicated to the integration and mobility of international artists. Elektra has been on the panel as an adjudicator in the United States Open Music Competition since 2017.
Lewis Patzner is an Oakland-born cellist and composer, who plays a variety of styles including classical, jazz, folk, and pop/rock, and makes his living both as a freelance work-for-hire cellist, and as an independent artist, organizing and performing in his own concerts. His current roster of groups include the Town Quartet, Cosa Nostra Strings, Devotionals, Musical Art Quintet, the Solaris Trio, and the Proteus Trio. Past groups include Judgement Day (founding member), Whiskerman (founding member), and La Dee Da. Lewis has also toured and played with Mates of State, Pinback, Margot and the Nuclear So-and-so’s, Tim Kasher, and Dredg. Lewis has recorded with many artists, including Demi Lovato, Pete Yorn, Slash, and Margaret Cho, for her Grammy award-nominated album, “American Myth.” He is also the featured cellist on the soundtrack of the 2018 film, “Can You Ever Forgive Me.” Lewis hosts a podcast called “The Crossover Cellist,” where he interviews his friends and colleagues about their various musical projects, which is available on most podcast providers. LewisPatzner.com