Currently marking its 25th anniversary, the Gould Piano was launched into an international career by winning the first Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Selected as YCAT artists, it subsequently became 'Rising Stars', performing at major venues in Europe and North America. Familiar to Radio 3 listeners, it performs at festivals and venues in the UK and abroad, with regular tours to the United States. It has a close relationship with the Wigmore Hall, where it looks forward to a Beethoven trio cycle in the 2017/18 season, and has created its own chamber music festivals in Corbridge and at the Royal Welsh College of Music. It gives regular masterclasses and workshops in its residencies at the RNCM and Royal Welsh College.
On disc, trio cycles by Beethoven, Brahms, Hummel and Dvořák have been complemented by the late romantic works of Stanford, Ireland, Milford, Scott and Bax. A disc of contemporary works by Maxwell Davies, Beamish and MacMillan was released in 2015. As Artistic Directors of the 2017/18 Leeds International Chamber Season, the Trio will curate a series of 6 concerts throughout the season, performing works marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
The trio has been keen to commission new works: MacMillan’s Piano Trio No.2 was premiered at the Bath Festival in 2014, and after the works by Rowland-Jones and Simpson to be heard in the two LDSM 2017 concerts, Huw Watkins will be writing a new trio for a future season. The Trio has performed regularly at LDSM since 1995, most recently in 2012.
*See the panel on the right for details of the Trio's appearances in the 2017 LDSM festival.