We are delighted to welcome the following new or returning members:
Many members have renewed their subscriptions for 2017 - but we would welcome more in all categories!
We are pleased to welcome the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe as a Corporate Member. We have shared many events with the Society in the past and look forward to further co-operation.
Composer Adrian Williams was commissioned by our Society to fulfil his long standing ambition to write a Piano Trio and this received its première at our joint concert with Gloucester Music Society on 5 November 2016. Further details on our News page. We are delighted to include Adrian as one of our composer members.
Our first member from Amsterdam is Heleen Verleur, who has composed many piano trios and arranged concerts for early learners. This is an area which we are keen to support and we give a warm welcome to Heleen and look forward to hearing further about her work.
The distinguished pianist Nadia Lasserson is another very welcome member to join us and we hope to share her wide experience in so many aspects of music.
Dr James Hayward is one of the Lakeland composers and we are very pleased that he will be joining our growing fold of composer members. His first piano trio was performed for the first time last year and he is now writing a second, so we look forward to further news on this.
Amateur players are always very welcome so we are pleased to have been joined by amateur pianist Kelvin Paisley from Aberdeenshire. Kelvin studied piano with George Hadjinikos and continues to enjoy attending music courses.
We are delighted to welcome for the first time the Canorum Trio. Formed in 2012, the Canorum Trio was known formerly as the London Lithuanian Trio. Pianist Jelena Makarova and violist Ugne Tiskute are recent students of the Royal Academy of Music and they are joined by clarinettist and current Academy student Charlie Dale-Harris. The Canorum Trio has already established itself as a chamber music ensemble with a distinctive sound. The combination of clarinet, viola and piano allows unique musical horizons to be explored. The Trio frequently collaborates with young composers from leading music colleges in the UK, as well as performing the standard repertoire.
Trio Martinu, our member trio from Prague is made up of three distinguished musicians and we are pleased that they have renewed their membership again this year. They travel widely and have many concerts in UK during 2016 when their repertoire includes music by their countrymen Martinu and Dvorak.
Annick Talbot discovered our Society when she attended our Piano Trio Festival concerts in Notting Hill and we are pleased to say that she became very interested in our work and has joined the Society!
We have worked with the Lawson Trio in the past so we offer a warm welcome to Annabelle Lawson who has joined as an individual member. In addition to her performances as the pianist of the Lawson Trio, Annabelle also has a busy solo career.
We are pleased to welcome back the Cygnus Piano Trio - pianist César Saura, Javier Montañana - violin, and cellist Hannah Lewis. Since we first met the trio it has gone on from strength to strength and took place in our recent Piano Trio Day.
Also participating in Piano Trio Day was the Arcus Trio from Birmingham Conservatoire and we are pleased that they have joined as a student trio. The members of the trio are Arthur Bocaneanu - piano, Maria Oguren - violin and Lucy French cello.
The London Piano Trio has renewed its membership of the Society and we are very pleased to welcome them back. The trio is made up of pianist Olga Dudnik, violinist Robert Atchison and cellist David Jones. The trio has had a busy recording career which has included rarely heard trios by composers including Armstrong Gibbs and Donald Tovey plus a CD of the chamber and instrumental music of Oleg Komarnitsky. Works have been commissioned from composers including Christopher Gunning, Gavin Bryers and Constantin Papageorgiu and the trio performs regularly at the Danbury Festival, which is dedicated to the music of Armstrong Gibbs and of which Robert Atchison is the Artistic Director. The trio is continuing its Beethoven Piano Trios cycle, details of which can be found on our listings section and on our news page.
Birmingham Conservatoire has recently joined the society as a Corporate Member. We offer them a warm welcome and look forward to working with them in the future. The Conservatoire was represented at our Piano Trio Festival in October and we are looking forward to welcoming a trio at Piano Trio Day in November.
We are always pleased to welcome returning members and especially someone who works hard to ensure that our professional trio members have employment! Brian Midgley,who has recently renewed his membership, is Chairman of Stratford Upon Avon Chamber Music Society which programmes a variety of chamber ensembles.
Pianist Penelope Roskell has renewed her membership of the Society and we offer her a warm welcome. She continues to play with her own piano trio, The Roskell Piano Trio, as well as arranging concerts at Sutton House and is trying to find time to complete the book she is writing. Most recently she has been involved in editing Piano Professional on the subject of pianists' health.
We have recently been joined by the distinguished CzechTrio Martinu - Petr Jiríkovský piano, Pavel Šafarík violin and Jaroslav Matĕjka cello. We offer them a very warm welcome.
The Albany Trio took part in our recent masterclasses and competition in association with the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe and were winners of the Gwyneth George Prize at the concluding concert. We are delighted to welcome pianist Pippa Harrison, violinist Gemma Sharples and cellist Verity Evanson as members.
The Bedriska Trio have become our latest student members. Pianist Panaretos Kyriatzidis, violinist Manuel Arellano and cellist Miriam Wakeling are students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and have been involved in several Piano Trio Society events. Most recently they took part in Piano Trio Day at RNCM where their stunning performance of the Rachmaninov Trio Élégiaque no 1 in the final concert provided a memorable end to the day.
Ian Wilson is an Irish composer who has written nearly 150 works including operas, concertos, orchestral works and multi-media pieces. His chamber music compositions include 14 string quartets and 4 piano trios - details of which may be found in the Composers' Compositions section. His compositions have been performed and broadcast on six continents at numerous high profile festivals and venues included BBC Proms. He is a member of Aosdána, Ireland's State-sponsored body of creative artists and in recent years has been AHRB Research Fellow at Dundalk IT, Director of the Sligo New Music Festival and Composer-in-Association with California's Camerata Pacifica Ensemble and the Ulster Orchestra. At present Ian is writing an orchestral work for the Ulster Orchestra and is about to begin a large-scale choral project with the Cork Chamber Choir, but he would also like to find time to write another piano trio in the next few years!
Penelope Roskell is a renowned pianist who has performed in over thirty countries around the world. Penelope is also a committed chamber musician who has played with many distinguished artists and has formed her own piano trio. Alongside her performing career she is a Professor of Piano at Trinity College of Music and is invited to teach at many of the conservatoires and summer schools, with her Advanced London Piano Course attracting students from all over the world. From 2000 to 2002 she was Director of the European Piano Teachers' Association Piano Pedagogy Course and has been Director of Sutton House Music Society since 1990. She has written a book on "The Art of Piano Fingering" and has produced a DVD on "Yoga for Musicians".
Chris Brammeld is a composer and teacher whose compositions have been widely performed. These include a piano trio and also works for students. In 2012 Chris was the winner of the Presteigne Festival 2012 Compeition for Composers. His composition, Three Inventions for solo soprano saxophone, was premiered by Amy Dickson on Friday, 24th August 2012, at St Andrew's Church in Presteigne. Chris is also the Artistic Director of Hertfordshire Chamber Music with concerts taking place at the Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth. Further details can be found on www.hertschambermusic.org.uk
David Krok is from Los Angeles and, having composed a piano trio recently, was delighted to find a Society which is dedicated to the piano trio genre. We are pleased to welcome David and can forward details of his trio which is as yet unpublished.
The Galos Piano Trio, James Longford - piano, Felicity Broome-Skelton - violin and Heidi Parsons - cello, has been performing together since 2009. The members met during their performance studies in London; they have performed together ever since, whilst also progressing with their many and varied individual projects. Felicity, Heidi, and James all perform with various groups and orchestras as well as giving recitals together across the UK. We are delighted to welcome this outstanding trio.
The Galos Piano Trio
The Almaviva Trio, Cesar Saura - piano, Javier Montañana-Gonzales - violin and Hannah Lewis - cello, took part with great distinction in our recent Piano Trio Day and have now joined the Society as a student trio.
Graham Lynch is a composer based in Cornwall. His interest in many musical styles has resulted in pieces that reach from complex classical works through to compositions that tread the line between classical music and other genres such as tango nuevo, flamenco, jazz, and café music.
Christina Barrie is an Australian pianist now based in London, where she has a thriving teaching practice. Christina is also a member of EPTA.
Anna Le Hair is a member of EPTA and also the ISM and is a pianist with a teaching practice in London.
Patricia Leonard is a native of Boston, and her early musical training began with piano studies, followed by composition studies at The New England Conservatory. She received a B.M. in Composition from The Boston Conservatory. In 1998, she went to New York to study composition with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici. Her piano trio Strangely Close, Yet Distant will be featured on a special Mahler Anniversary CD to be released in late 2012. Patricia is a founding member of New York Composers Circle and is also a Board member of The League of Composers/ISCM and sits on the panels of several vocal competitions for aspiring young singers.
Dr Kenji Fujimura is a pianist and composer based at the School of Music-Conservatorium, Monash University, Australia where he is is currently Deputy Head of School, Coordinator of Postgraduate Programs and Chamber Music, and Senior Lecturer in Piano/Keyboard at the School. Kenji is also a founding member of chamber group Trio Anima Mundi. Invitations to give concerts and masterclasses have taken Kenji throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. Kenji’s doctoral research, with the assistance of a PhD scholarship, was on the life and works of English composer William Hurlstone (1876-1906).
The Scottish composer Eddie McGuire has a large and diverse repertoire which includes orchestral, opera and ballet music as well as chamber music. He was the recipient of a British Composers Award in 2003 and a Creative Scotland Award in 2004. He also plays flute with, and writes for, the Scottish folk group The Whistlebinkies and plays with the Chinese group Harmony Ensemble. His Delphian recording of music for flute, guitar and piano was Editor's Choice in Gramophone magazine in 2006.
Philip Carne is founder of The Richard Carne Trust which supports talented young perfomers in music and theatre. Philip has a particular love of chamber music, and funds an annual Junior Fellowship at Trinity/Laban for string quartets, and another for chamber ensemble with piano at the RCM ( both worth £ 10.000). Philip is the main supporter and chair of the board of ChamberStudio, which delivers weekly masterclasses to promising chamber groups by renowned teachers at King's Place. He is also on the board of Chamber2000, originally established by the Schubert Ensemble, now managed by The Lawson Trio, which encourages chamber music playing in schools, via specially commissioned piano trios from conyemporary composers. We are delighted to welcome Philip who shares so many of the same aspirations as our Society.
New member Raymond Head is a composer, writer and teacher. His compositions have been widely performed in UK, including his piano trio "A Labyrinth of Sorrows", which received its first performance by the Rogeri Trio in 1998. Raymond is in great demand as a teacher and has contributed many music reviews and articles to music magazines and other journals. He is also a Gustav Holst Scholar and musical advisor the the Holst Birthplace Museum.
Members of the Lauriston Piano Trio have been associated with the Piano Trio Society for a number of years and performed at several events in 2011. The trio was founded in 2001 by Anthea Fry (piano), Caroline Tait (violin) and Babette Lichetenstein (cello) and we are delighted that they have renewed their membership.
J Audrey Ellison is an agent and director of J Audrey Ellison International Artists' Management and we welcome her as a new member.
The Amael Piano Trio has become our first trio member from Slovenia and we extend a very warm welcome to them. Pianist Tatjana Ognjanovic, violinist Volodja Balzalorsky and cellist Damir Hamidulin all have busy solo careers in addition to performing with the trio in concerts which have taken them around the world to many prestigious venues and festivals. They will be visiting UK for a series of concerts in November 2011, when their performances will include works by Slovenian composers.
Glen Roven has become our latest member from USA. He is a distinguished pianist, composer and conductor and is equally at home in both Classical and Popular Music. He has worked with musicians as diverse as Ray Charles and Placido Domingo and has written or arranged music for artists from Frank Sinatra to Kathleen Battle. He has conducted the National Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl, the IKO, the Munich Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic and the Radio Luxembourg Orchestras. He has also worked extensively with young people and at present he is arranging music from "The Runnaway Bunny" for piano trio.
Florence Nash is an amateur pianist from USA who has recently approached the Society for advice on preparing a talk on piano trios. To read the excellent resulting article please contact the Administrator.
Michael Watkins of Reynard Music is a music publisher and also arranges a variety of music events for amateurs, the latest of which will be a weekend of music making at Middle Aston Centre. Further details are on our Amateur Players section.
The Fidelio Trio -Mary Dullea (piano), Darragh Morgan (violin) and Robin Michael (cello) has a wide repertoire which includes many contemporary works and has performed around the world as well as making numerous recordings.
Dr Mine Dogantan-Dack - pianist of the Marmara Piano Trio and currently a Research Fellow at Middlesex University. Dr Dogantan-Dack played a major part in the Piano Trio Conference last November and we are hoping to work with her on a further project next autumn.
John Jordan is a pianist, composer and tutor of composition at the WMA Summer School
William Hawthorne is a keen amateur string player who plays both violin and viola. He is a member of Solihull Symphony Orchestra and plays chamber music with friends.
Brian Midgley is a keen amateur pianist and chamber musician who is much in demand for pre-concert talks and is also Chairman of Stratford on Avon Music Society
We welcome our first student trio, Trio Cérès - Emmanuelle Turbelin (piano), Samuel Godefroi (violin) and Axelle Porret (cello) - whose members are students at the Royal College of Music. The trio has taken part in our Notting Hill series of concerts, under the title Trio Français, and also in our Piano Trio Day.
A very warm welcome to our second student trio, the Hepplewhite Piano Trio - Fan Yu Kevin (piano), Amy Littlewood (violin) and Hetti Price (cello), which was formed at Birmingham Conservatoire. The trio took part in our recent Piano Trio Day.
We extend a warm welcome to the Mediterranea Trio - Elenlucia Pappalardo (piano), Markella Vandoros (violin) and Alessandro Sanguineti (cello). The trio was formed at the Royal College of Music in 2007 and took part in our recent series of concerts at Notting Hill.