News and Events

2019/2020

Welcome to our updated website!  We hope to keep you up to date with our activities and those of our members here, as well as welcoming new members and informing you of new works by our composer members and others, so please remember to let us have details to include.

We would like to remind members that subscriptions are due on 31st December and we encourage our members to set up a standing order so that subscriptions are not overlooked at this busy time of year!  Further details may be found here.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the following Vice Presidents:  Michael Bochmann MBE, David Owen Norris and Robert Max who join Howard Blake OBE and Christine Talbot-Cooper.  The President of the Society is Peter Frankl.

We were sorry that our Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competitions had to be cancelled and that other activities have not been able to take place due to the present Covid restrictions.  However we have continued to give our members much food for thought with our much extended Newsletters which may be accessed via our Newsletter page. We are grateful to all those who have contributed articles and welcome any further articles.

We are planning to hold one of our popular Piano Trio Days on Sunday 7 March next year,  when we hope we will be able to return to Clarendon Muse, Watford for a day with tutors Susie Mészáros, Julian Jacobson and Tim Gill. Further details to follow shortly.

July 2020.  Congratulations go to the wonderful Mithras Trio, one of our student trio members. In addition to the many other awards the trio has received we are delighted to announce that Dominic, Ionel and  Leo  have been chosen by YCAT as one of the twelve finalists from a very competitive field of over 100 outstanding applicants.  They will receive a unique package of advice and career support over the upcoming year. 

We are also pleased to welcome new members pianist and composer Julian Jacobson and Gillian Perrin, the author of a soon to be launched book entitled Past Sounds which follows the development of the Sonata idea through the medium of the piano trio. Both have articles in our Summer Newsletter.

Senior Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition 2020

It was with great regret that we had to cancel the competition.  New government guidlines plus the closure of so many musical establishments and trio members from abroad having to return home all conspired against us.  We were so sorry to do this as we know the trios had worked extremely hard and were very disappointed, but it is our responsibility to keep everyone safe!

Our Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 20 February 2020 at Steinway Hall, 44 Marylebone Lane, London at 2.00pm and the following Trustees were elected for the coming year: Chairman - Jane Faulkner, Vice Chair - Melvyn Cooper, Administrator/Treasurer - Christine Talbot-Cooper with additional Trustees - Christopher Brammeld, Bobby Chen, Dr Mary Dullea, Dr James Obelkevich.

New and returning members

We are pleased to welcome as a new member John Carmichael OAM. John has had a long and distinguished career as both pianist and composer and received the OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in the Queen's Birhtday Honours List in 2011.  He was also a pioneer in music therapy, including work at Stoke Manderville and Netherden Mental Hospitals.
We are also pleased to welcome back pianist Penelope Roskell whose new book entitled "The Complete Pianist: from healthy technique to natural artistry" was published by Edition Peters on 20 February 2020. A vitally important book for all pianists!
Education plays a large part in our work so we are delighted that three of our renowned musical establishments are among our Corporate members.  These include Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. BAPAM - the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine - continues to be an important Corporate member and we also work closely with EPTA and the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. Please contact us if you would like further details of Corporate membership.

Some news and events during 2019

We were pleased to be involved once again in the Monday lunchtime concerts at St Peter's, Notting Hill and thank Dominic John for his help in arranging this. Details were as follows: 

Monday 16 September - Bartholdy Trio
Performers: Sophie-Louise Phillips - violin, Dayana Harizanova - cello, Cason Kang - piano
Programme: Haydn - Trio in C Hob XV:27 and Mendelssohn - Trio Op 49 in D minor

Monday 23 September - Conova Trio
Performers: Constantin Riccardi - violin, Nora Braun - cello, Vasilis Alevizos - piano
Programme: Rachmaniov - Trio Elegiaque no 1 in G minor, Dvorak - "Dumky" Trio no 4 in E minor

Monday 30 September - Icknield Piano Trio
Performers: Arwen Newband - violin, Sarah Boxall - cello, Anna Le Hair, piano
Programme: Schubert - Trio in E flat, D929

Congratulations to Aleksandra Myslek on her new role as Junior Fellow of Piano Accompaniment at Trinity Laban. Aleksandra comments: "I already see how energised and creative the place is and I’m sure I will learn a lot myself as well as entertain my projects and ideas and help the students on their way to the professional life."

Annual General Meeting 2019, Tuesday 22 January, 2.00pm, Steinway Hall
This meeting saw the election of the following Trustees: Chairman - Jane Faulkner, Vice Chair - Melvyn Cooper, Administrator/Treasurer - Christine Talbot-Cooper, other Trustees were Christopher Brammeld, Bobby Chen, Dr Mary Dullea and Dr James Obelkevich.
Piano Trio Day - Sunday 17 March - Gloucestershire Academy of Music
This proved to be another successful day when five trios from the Royal College of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama received coaching from Professor Michael Bochmann MBE, Nicholas Roberts and Professor John Thwaites on trios by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Rebecca Clarke. The day ended with an enjoyable concert given by the participants. A report is included in our latest Newsletter.
Welcome to new Student Trio member - the Eumelia Piano Trio from the Royal College of Music. The trio took part in Piano Trio Day and were the featured trio in the Autumn Newsletter.