The Trío Morelia is increasingly recognized as one of Mexico's more interesting and brightest chamber ensembles thanks to its intense and outstanding concert activity in Mexico and abroad. Formed by the siblings Ludwig Esteban (violin), Irene Adriana (violoncello), and Laura Angélica Carrasco Curíntzita (piano, organ, harmonium, and harpsichord), this ensemble takes its name from the capital city of the state of Michoacán, Mexico. Due to the use of different types of keyboard instruments the Trio's repertoire ranges from the early baroque period to the latest musical creation, possibly being the only established organ trio in the world.
Since its formation, in 1987, the Trio has toured almost all the Mexican Republic, as well as Germany, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Spain, and the USA (California, Florida, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia), performing in prestigious festivals, concert series, and music halls of these countries. Highlights of its concerts include those at the Pinacoteca Virreinal (Mexico City), the Sala Ponce at the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Mexican Cultural Institutes in San Antonio and Washington, D.C. (EUA), and the Shizuoka Culture Hall (Japan).
The members of the Trio began their music studies in Morelia, further pursuing them in Mexico City and the USA (Shenandoah University in Virginia, North Carolina School of the Arts in North Carolina, Temple University in Pennsylvania, and Eastman School of Music in New York). Through out their career as an ensemble they have received advice from renowned musicians such as: Malcolm Bilson, Trio di Trieste, Hannfried Lucke, Richard Luby, Susan Foster, James Dunham, Christel Thielmann, Julian Trycinsky, Kristof Smietana, Yves Savary, Margery Hwang, Jaroslav Stetina, Gayane Mndoyan, Lynn Blakeslee, Jean Barr, and Ingolf Turban.
They have been members, as a group, of several important music organizations in Mexico, including: Sinfónica “Carlos Chávez”, Sinfónica de Michoacán, Sinfónica de los Festivales Internacionales de Música de Morelia, and Recitalistas de la Casa de la Cultura, also being founding members of the Camerata de Michoacán. They have received grants and support of institutions such as: Fulbright Foundation, Semans Arts Fund, Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes de México (FONCA), Fondo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes de Michoacán (FOESCAM), and Universidad Michoacana.
Besides being winners of the international competition “Bach-Handel Festival” in Virginia (USA) in 1997 and 1998, they received in 1997 the Genesis Prize (Michoacán, Mexico) in the music field recognizing their outstanding career; also, in 2003 they were awarded three Emma Contestabile Grants from the Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana. The Trio has performed as soloist with the Orquesta de Cámara de la Universidad Michoacana, the NCSA Percussion Ensemble, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes with concertos by Beethoven, Bunch, Rheinberger, and Vivaldi.
The Trío Morelia has appeared on countless occasions in radio and television, both state- and nationwide in Mexico and the USA, as well as in the German Television Service and the Japan Network. Also, in 1991 the Chamber of Commerce of Michoacán produced its recording of Mexican Waltzes, an edition that was sold out few months after its release.
The pedagogic experience of the Trio's members, besides having performed multiple series of educational and benefit concerts, includes being professors of the national program “Orquestas y Coros Juveniles de México”, the instrumental workshops at the Casa de la Cultura and the Conservatorio de la Rosas in Morelia, and the Shenandoah University Performing Arts Sessions (summers of 1998 y 1999) where they were the Ensemble in Residence.
As a result of their commitment to present Mexican and contemporary music in their concerts, besides having premiered works both in Mexico and abroad, several composers have written and dedicated compositions to the Trio. Among the musicians with whom the Trío Morelia has collaborated in its performances can be cited the percussionists John Beck and William Sykes, the clarinetists Jun Tang and Ismael Sánchez, the flutist Tatiana Johanning, and the organist Dr. Steven Cooksey.