The Sixth Floor Trio, Artistic Directors

The Sixth Floor
Trio is a chamber group dedicated to the creation and performance of music that breaks boundaries between musical genres.

Formed by Teddy Abrams, Harrison Hollingsworth and Johnny Teyssier,  graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, the Trio has opened for (and collaborated with) Marvin Hamlisch, and performed multiple times at the Kennedy Center, at the Kravis Center and The Preservation Society in Palm Beach, and performed concerts and community engagement for Astral Artists in Philadelphia. 

In 2011, the Trio received a substantial grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to present “Random Acts of Culture” performances across the United States in atypical concert venues, including the Charlotte International Airport, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and classrooms and common areas of Stanford University.   The grant helped develop “Music of the People” a video project featuring folk music from around the world. The pilot episode, focusing on Bluegrass music in western North Carolina, is currently in post-production. In March 2012, the Trio, in partnership with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, launches GardenMusic, a festival designed to foster a dialogue between artistic disciplines, and bring world-class music to the Garden grounds.  The Trio’s up-and-coming performances include an appearance on the Kennedy Center’s “The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna,” and a feature concert on the FUZE! Concert Series in Akron. 

The Sixth Floor Trio’s vision places all musical traditions from around the world on one continuum as part of the same great musical language, and their mission is to seek to make connections between these varied musical styles in their repertoire.  From Bluegrass to Klezmer, Classical, to Jazz, Ancient Music to Contemporary Rock – they explore it all and bring its energy to the world.  In addition, they strive to share their artistic passion and music-making with diverse audiences everywhere, from traditional concertgoers to those with acute needs or in remote places.