Eight Strings

Flute, viola, cello trio

New York, NY

Eight Strings

Flute, viola, cello trio


Committed to expanding the repertoire for the unique combination of flute, viola and cello, Eight Strings & a Whistle has been captivating audiences throughout the Northeast since 1998. We collaborate regularly with composers from all over the US and have premiered over 16 works. We also love to perform outreach programs, give workshops and talk about what we do as much as we love playing concerts!

Flutist, Suzanne Gilchrest, violist, Ina Litera and Matthew Goeke, cellist met as members of the Galatea Ensemble, a conductor-less, democratically run, chamber orchestra based in New York. Our first concert as a trio was a performance at a New York City high school in Brooklyn, as part of Galatea’s Arts-in-Education Program. Since then we have gone on to win the Artists International Special Presentation Award, giving our critically acclaimed New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall in May, 2003. Our more recent appearances have included performances at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City, on the Stern Virtuoso Series at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and the inaugural concert on the Chocolate Church Art Center’s Summer Concert Series in Bath, Maine. We can also be heard on TULPE, a recording of music by Sarah Davol and GRAMMY-nominated artist Dawn Avery, released on Okenti Records in January, 2008, as well as three CD's on the Parma Recording label - "Albert's Window", Douglas Anderson's "Chamber Symphonies" and Scott Brickman's "98 Strings and 2 Whistles"

In addition to supporting new music, our repertory features many original works from the Baroque and Classical periods as well as our own arrangements.


Albert Roussel (1869-1937), Trio, OP. 40
JS Bach (1685-1750), Trio Sonata in G Major
Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827), Variations on La ci darem la mano
G.F.Telemann, Trio in F
Roberto Scarcella Perino, 12 Var. on Mozart’s Ah! Vous-je, Maman, K. 265 *
Johann Gottlieb Graun, Trio in B-Flat Major
Hillary Tann, The Walls of Morlais Castle
Johnann M. Sperger(1750-1812), Terzetto in D major
Peter Jona Korn (1922-1998) Aloysia Serenade, OP. 19 (1953)
Edmund Cionek (b. 1950) Bad Robots (2010)
Karel Husa (b. 1921) Evocations of Slovaquie


Ensemble profiles

Past groupmuses (2)

  • Welcome Back 8 Strings and a Whistle

    Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

    • Neighborhood: Lincoln Square
    • Composers: CPE Bach, Sklar, Anderson, Amado, Lemer
    • Instruments: Flute, viola and cello
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened over 4 years ago

  • 8Strings & a Whistle

    Sunday, Sep 30, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

    • Neighborhood: Lincoln Square
    • Composers: Grill, Synder, Flaherty
    • Instruments: flute, alto flute, viola, cello
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened over 5 years ago