‘ the English Piano Trio brings these works to life…’
‘the instrumentalists play with capacity and boldness…’
‘the fizzing finale crowned the evening…’
‘they made no secret of their joy of playing…’
The English Piano Trio now celebrates its 24th season. Formed by three distinguished artists, the Trio performs regularly at major London venues, and tours extensively abroad. The Trio specialises in repertoire of the classical period, and has presented complete Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven programmes at London’s South Bank, in both the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. In September 2012 the Trio performed an all Shostakovich programme with readings of the Russian poetess Anna Akhmatova at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
The English Piano Trio has promoted contemporary music by commissioning, performing and recording new works by Berthold Goldschmidt, Malcolm Lipkin, David Matthews and Roger Steptoe. The Trio has also worked with young composers in a residency at King’s College, University of London. The Trio’s recording for Naxos of works by Sir Malcolm Arnold was part of a Gramophone Award winning series.
The English Piano Trio also researches works by lesser known composers. Their research, and subsequent recording (Dutton Epoch label) and performance at the South Bank in 2005 of music by the English composer Francis Edward Bache (1833 –1858) gained them critical acclaim. In their exploration of all styles of composition, the Trio gave the UK premiere at the South Bank of Anne Dudley’s arrangement of the Bach Chaconne for piano trio. In 2011, at the invitation of the Rinck Society in Germany, the Trio performed piano trios by Rinck (1770 – 1846) in Germany. These delightful works are unknown in the UK, but are now in the group’s repertoire, and are a welcome addition generally to the piano trio ensemble.
An important part of the English Piano Trio’s commitments is their extensive concert tours in Europe. They are regular visitors to Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain, participating in Festivals in Barcelona, Mainz, Loosdorf, Wiesbaden and Bologna.
The Trio is constantly producing new ideas on programming, either as a trio, or with actors and narrators in their ‘Words and Music’ evenings, in which composers, writers, or historic events are portrayed with music and readings. These have proved to be extremely popular with Festivals. Their latest script, ‘On the Danube’, in collaboration with celebrated actor Timothy West CBE, is an entertaining musical diary along Europe’s second longest river. The Trio also works with other performers to augment the ensemble – ‘English Piano Trio and Friends’. These programmes include Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet, Mozart and Schumann Piano Quartets, Elgar and Shostakovich Piano Quintets.
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