Trio St. Bernard formed in the summer of 2015 at the Taos School of Music, and are quickly gaining acclaim for their creative and energized performances. They have received guidance from members of the Borromeo, Shanghai, and Brentano Quartets as well as Leon Fleisher, Ida Kavafian, Robert McDonald, and Michael Tree.

The individual members have performed at venues such as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, and in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Princeton, Easton (MD) as well as festivals such as Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Taos, Kneisel Hall, the Perlman Music Program, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Encounters. They were a featured ensemble at the Four Seasons Winter Workshop, and will appear this summer at Music from Angel Fire.

Trio St. Bernard is proudly named after the Hotel St. Bernard in the Taos Ski Valley, where the Taos School of Music is hosted each summer.

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Hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as a “seasoned performer” with “virtuoso flair, supreme control… and exquisite shading,” American violinist Brandon Garbot is recognized for his imaginative and daring style of playing.

He has appeared in prestigious solo, chamber, and concerto venues, including in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Severance Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

Mr. Garbot is a substitute violinist and guest musician with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.  He served as concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra in winter 2014, and also served as concertmaster at the Music Academy of the West.

Mr. Garbot is a student of Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music. Previously, he studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with William Preucil.


Zachary Mowitz, from Princeton, New Jersey, is a student of Carter Brey and Peter Wiley at the Curtis Institute of Music. 

Mr. Mowitz has appeared as soloist with the Monmouth Symphony, the New Jersey Intergenerational, and the Temple Preparatory Youth Chamber Orchestras. He has also performed chamber music at Alice Tully Hall and has premiered new works by his father, Ira Mowitz, at the Juilliard School.

Mr. Mowitz's awards include prizes in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Old York Road Symphony Competition and the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra Competition. He attended the Taos School of Music in the summer of 2015, and Kneisel Hall in 2014.

His previous teachers include Efe Baltacigil, Dane Johansen, and Priscilla Lee.