Butterfly’s individual members are all world-class performers with envious credentials. All three have been awarded prestigious fellowships from the Bush and McKnight foundations and have performed and recorded worldwide. But what is most striking about the trio members are their individual roots. Gao Hong is a Chinese musical prodigy and master of the pipa, a four-string lute, having grown up during the turbulent times of the Cultural Revolution. Nirmala Rajasekar is a world-renowned Carnatic veena virtuoso and vocalist who hails from southern India. Michelle Kinney is an accomplished cellist who spent many years in the New York City contemporary music scene but is equally at home playing her own arrangements of tunes from her Irish heritage. All three members are highly established composers as well. And though they have been together only a short while, they have already performed for enthusiastic audiences at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Ted Mann Hall at the University of Minnesota, and at the Asia Society’s Tiger Ball in Houston among others. They are featured in the piece Butterfly on Gao Hong’s “Quiet Forest, Flowing Stream” CD and also on a segment of Twin Cities Public Television’s MN Original Program that celebrates Minnesota’s creative community and is broadcast statewide.