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About The Piano Trio Society





Piano Trio Day – this has proved to be a successful annual event for many years and has featured master classes for student trios,  also including a forum on some topic of interest to young musicians. Artists conducting master classes have included Peter Frankl,  Emanuel Hurwitz, Bernard Roberts, Louis Carus, Peter Cropper, Jeremy Young, Wu Qian, Nicholas Trygstad, Alice Neary, Raphael Wallfisch, Krzysztof Smietana, Timothy Ravenscroft, Nicholas Roberts, Michael Bochmann, The Israel Piano Trio and The Barbican Piano Trio.  Piano Trio Days have been held at the Guildhall School of Music,  Birmingham Conservatoire,  Chethams School of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Clarendon Muse and at Warwick and Southampton Universities.  The forums have often featured the important topic of “Health and the Musician”  with world expert the late Dr Christopher Wynn Parry MBE and a number of visiting speakers. 



The Society has presented a variety of lectures at venues including the Wigmore Hall and Conway Hall.  Speakers have included David Cairns,  Rob Cowan,  Basil Smallman and Clive Brown; among their subjects have been the early history of the piano trio and performance practice in the nineteenth century.  A series of Trio Conversations has been held at Steinway Hall, London and has included talks by Peter Frankl on his life and work,  Malcolm Lipkin, Gilbert Biberian and Cecilia McDowall talking about their piano trios,  Roy Howat on the Ravel Piano Trio,  the Lawson Trio talking about their work with Chamber Music 2000 – “Contemporary Music for Everyone”,  William Bruce and Felicity Lipman talking about “Chamber Music for the Developing Child” and Nils Franke discussing the piano trios of Rachmaninov with the Mediterranea Trio. All the talks have been accompanied by performances of piano trio. A Society event at the University of Sheffield included symposiums dedicated to the study and performance of piano trios and the importance of published editions by Simon Keefe, Dr George Kennaway, Dr Mary Dullea and Dr Dorothy Ker.  The event was arranged by Dr Mary Dullea and featured the Fidelio Trio, who also performed and gave masterclasses during the weekend. 



The Society maintains a library of contemporary trios from around the world and actively encourages links between composers and performers,  although we do not act as agents or concert promoters.  We also keep members up to date with news of composers,  compositions and first performances where possible.  Past events have included lecture recitals by contemporary composers who have discussed and introduced a performance of one of their piano trios.  The composers have included John McCabe,  David Matthews,  Philip Martin, Malcolm Lipkin, Gilbert Biberian and Cecilia McDowall. We have been able recently to connect composers with member trios and this has led to new works being recorded and performed.




The Piano Trio Society actively encourages participation in joint events with other Societies.  These have included a concert with the Beethoven Society of Europe and a joint concert with the Iberian and Latin American Music Society featuring the music of Martin Kutnowski.  The Society has also worked closely with the British Performing Arts Medicine Trust on its “Health and the Musician” lectures.  In April 2010 and again in 2014 and 2016 the Society worked with the Beethoven Society of Europe on the Beethoven Chamber Music Masterclass and Competition which featured Piano Trios.  We are also in a reciprocal agreement with  EPTA which offers discounted subscriptions to members of both Societies. We welcome approaches from others wishing to promote joint events.  Recent collaborative events have included our Christmas event at Stapleford Granary in 2014 and in 2015 we collaborated with Sheffield University  on a weekend event on 18/19 April and with Warwick University on Saturday 21 November for our annual Piano Trio Day. In 2016 we joined forces with Gloucester Music Society to present two world premieres at the Chapter House,  Gloucester Cathedral in November (details on our News page.)




For many years the Society has published a Newsletterwhich lists concerts,  provides news,  views and features and serves as a forum and notice board for the Society and its members. Due to the accessibility of email and the internet, our Newsletter has become an increasingly important way of keeping members in touch and is emailed to our members and those on our mailing list, with our website providing additional up-to-date information. Hard copy of the Newsletter can be sent to those without computer access. We welcome articles of interest for inclusion in the Newsletter - please contact the Administrator for details.  Please use the contact page if you wish to be added to the mailing/email list.





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