History of Trio Bravo

Trio Bravo, in its current form, was organized in the fall of 2005, although it had existed previously with David Smith, piano and Ron Laurie, cello.

The instrumentation of the group is somewhat unorthodox, but the blend of the clarinet, viola, and piano is rich and interesting; Mozart loved all these, and in fact wrote the "Kegelstatt Trio" for his good friend Anton Stadler (clarinet) and himself (viola) to play. Since Mozart composed the trio, several others have followed his example, and along with transcriptions and arrangements (mostly by Dr. John Selleck, the pianist in Trio Bravo), there are now many more selections available for the trio to play.

Trio Bravo offers a wide variety of music for the full trio and, since each member of the trio is also a soloist in his own right, there are also many selections with a focus on one member of the trio. The trio enjoys presenting a large variety of sonatas and pieces ranging from the Baroque to the present, from Bach to Oscar Peterson. For the past four years Trio Bravo has made All Saints' Kingsway Anglican Church in the west end of Toronto its home.


Baird Knechtel

Baird Knechtel, viola, is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) and the Eastman School of Music (M.M). He has performed in all the major venues in Toronto with symphonic, opera, ballet and chamber orchestras. A founding member of the Chamber Players of Toronto, Baird most enjoys playing chamber music and solos. He has given many recitals in the U.S. and Canada, and is listed in the International, "Who's Who", in music.

Baird was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Viola Society for his contribution to the viola and its repertoire. He also premiered a Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra (with piano reduction) by the 18th century German composer J.G. Knechtel and the Sonata for Viola and Piano in One Movement by Dr. John Selleck at the 30th Anniversary celebration of the founding of the CVS, held at the University of Montreal October 10/11 2009. Baird received his 50 year pin from the Toronto Musicians Association on Feb.22/2010.


John Selleck

Dr. John Selleck, piano, has music degrees from Yale School of Music and Columbia University and is a pianist and violist who maintains a busy teaching and concert career, performing with Cathedral Bluffs Symphony and accompanying. He is a composer and has had many of his works performed in New York City as well as Toronto. Trio Bravo plays several of his compositions.



Terry Storr

Terry Storr, clarinet, is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) and the University of Toronto and has performed in many countries, including with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He studied on a Canada Council grant with the celebrated clarinettist Robert Marcellus of the famed Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of George Szell. Terry is now the principal clarinettist of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra.