|An ensemble that is equally at home performing both classical and South American folk music, the Elkey Trio’s repertoire ranges from Baroque and newly commissioned pieces to folk music learned in South America by oral tradition. Andean woodwind specialist and flutist, Gonzalo Cortes, charango and viola player Carlos Boltes, and guitarist Scott Hill have forged careers as chamber musicians and soloists with choirs and orchestras throughout Europe as well as North, Central, and South America.Collectively they have premiered more than forty pieces of music, and have won competitions including the ASCAP/CMA Adventurous Programming Award and the New England International Chamber Music Competition.
The Elkey Trio gave the American premiere of "Danzas Peregrinas" in 2006 with the Symphony of Southeast Texas under the direction of Christopher Zimmerman. They have since performed this piece with the composer in a version for quartet as well as with orchestras in Brazil, Chile and the United States. “Danzas Peregrinas” is in fact an arrangement of pieces made famous by the Chilean guitarist and composer, Horacio Salinas and his group Inti-illimani from the 1970's and 1980's. The movements are a skillful combination of South American folk music and European musical traditions with which Mr. Salinas became familiar after living and touring in Europe for many years.
In addition to their concert careers, the trio members are dedicated to education. They have given lectures on South American folk music and music they have commissioned at the Smithsonian, universities and colleges, as well as for younger audiences in Chile, Canada, Ecuador, the United States, Brazil, Bolivia, and Guatemala. They have created a lecture called "The Origins of South American Folk Music" that focuses on the three main influences that have made this music what it is today: European, Native South American, and African music. They describe and demonstrate this music on a wide variety of instruments - from classical flutes and violas to charangos, quenas, and zampoñas.