St. Johns, Gryphon Trio Snag Classical Junos
Mozart piece has been with the St. Johns since childhood
Canada’s 2011 Juno Awards took place March 27. Among the winners, the Gryphon Trio—violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys, and pianist Jamie Parker—garnered Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble, for its recording of Beethoven piano trios; and sister-brother duo Lara and Scott St. John won Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment for their Mozart recording, featuring the Knights ensemble. R. Murray Schafer won Classical Composition of the Year for his Duo for violin and piano, Wild Bird. Scott St. John was on hand to pick up the award. “It’s nice to have recognition from outside the classical circle,” he says.
The Mozart piece has been with the St. Johns since childhood, but the recording marked the first time her brother tuned his viola to scordatura. “It’s a great way to make the natural sound of the viola a little more present in the duo partnership,” he says.
About his younger sibling, he adds, “Working with Lara is like any typical brother-sister relationship: fabulous in small doses."