Mithras Piano Trio
Ionel Manciu violin
Leo Popplewell cello
Dominic Degavino piano
Formed of current postgraduate students at the Guildhall School of Music, the Mithras Piano Trio came together in 2017 under the guidance of Matthew Jones, Carole Presland and Ursula Smith. As well as benefitting from tuition with members of the Endellion Quartet, it has also received regular coaching from András Keller, and was selected to perform in masterclasses with Ralf Gothóni and Levon Chilingirian.
Ionel, Leo and Dominic, all scholarship holders at GSMD, are experienced collaborators, having appeared in the Barbican, City of London Festival, Harmos Festival Portugal, and Orpheus and Bacchus Festival among others, and individually they have had international successes including at the Concours International de Piano d'Epinal, the Imola International Piano Awards, the Orpheus Musician of the Year Competition, the Brant International Piano Competition and Bromsgrove International Musicians' Competition. Dominic was also the keyboard section winner of both the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition and the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. In April the Trio won 2nd prize at the First Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition, and it has been chosen to perform in the inaugural Chamber Music Festival at GSMD in July.