Crosswinds Trio presents a unique sound in chamber music. Gary Ross (trumpet), Lawrence Kursar (horn) and Michael Toth (piano) draw on their diverse musical backgrounds and experiences from the orchestral stage, the jazz club, and the recital hall to create a refreshing sound. Their expressive and inspiring playing, coupled with diverse programming infused with humor, has led to rave reviews and standing ovations. With over 200 innovative arrangements for this distinct combination of trumpet, horn, and piano, Mr. Ross and Mr. Kursar have established a previously unexplored musical genre.
The Trio’s programs include “Winds across Time” an appealing, virtuosic program of different styles and genres from classical to jazz and everything in between, “Genesis” an exciting program of music establishing the high brass trio as a serious new sound in chamber music, and “Winds across America” a diverse and engaging program of American music.
Members of Crosswinds Trio have toured extensively as chamber music artists in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Highlighted credits of the artists include Michael Toth’s debut at age 14 at Carnegie Recital Hall, Lawrence Kursar’s direction as stage conductor of the Bolshoi Ballet, and Gary Ross’s performances with such celebrities as Liberace, Bobby Vinton, and Barry White.
Lawrence Kursar is widely acclaimed as performer, conductor and arranger. As a founding member of Band du Soleil and Crosswinds Trio he has performed internationally. With his writing he established the high brass trio as a viable chamber music ensemble. He performs regularly with the Trenton Civic Opera Orchestra, Allentown Symphony, Garden State Wind Quintet, and Main Street Brass Quintet and is the Music Director and Conductor of the Hunterdon Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in such prestigious venues as the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the Wang Center in Boston where he conducted a stage orchestra for the Bolshoi Ballet.
Michael Toth began is training at the age of 7 with Marjorie Haimbach, Michael made his concert debut when he was 14 at Carnegie Recital Hall. Studying with Frank Glazer and Artur Balsum at the Eastman School of Music, he has gone on to perform both in the United States and abroad as soloist and accompanist. . As a founding member of Satori, a non-profit chamber music organization, Michael has performed an extensive list of the major chamber music repertoire. With experience performing on all types of keyboards, Michael Toth is one of the most versatile pianists available today. Currently, Michael is the pianist in residence with the Allentown Symphony.
Gary Ross their trumpeter is at home on the concert stage and at jazz venues and has a wide array of credits to his name. His dazzling playing of Baroque masterpieces and the mellow sound of his jazz improvisations have won him acclaim from audiences young and old. He performed the Bach “Brandenburg Concerto #2” and the Haydn “Trumpet Concerto” with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Allentown Symphony, Trenton Symphony, and the Main Street Brass Quintet. On the show stage, Mr. Ross has performed with such celebrities as Liberace, Bobby Vinton, and Barry White.