GOULD PIANO TRIO
The Gould Piano Trio, recently compared to the great Beaux Arts Trio for their “musical fire” and dedication to the genre in The Washington Post, have remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for well over twenty years. Launched by their first prize at the Melbourne Chamber Music Competition and subsequently selected as YCAT Artists, they toured in Europe and the USA as “Rising Stars” and made a highly successful debut at the Weill Recital Hall, described by Strad Magazine as “Pure Gould”. Their appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall include the complete piano trios by Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Schubert and in the 2017-18 season a Beethoven cycle. At St George’s, Bristol, they performed and recorded these trios live for SOMM Records, arguably the pinnacle of the trio repertoire.
Their discography not only includes the renowned masterpieces of the repertoire but also many hidden gems, brought to life through an ongoing collaboration with clarinettist Robert Plane. Trio cycles by Brahms (Quartz), Hummel (Naxos) and Dvorak (Champs Hill) have been complemented by the late romantic works of Charles Villiers Stanford, John Ireland, Robin Milford, Cyril Scott and Arnold Bax many of which are in world premiere recordings. A disc of contemporary works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Sally Beamish and James MacMillan (Champs Hill) was released in 2015 helping to bring British music to an international public. This year sees the release of Saint-Saens’ Trios, the Piano Quartets of Brahms and his friend, Kirchner’s transcriptions of the master’s String Sextets for piano trio – another exciting rarity.
Through their annual festivals in Corbridge, now in its nineteenth year, and Cardiff at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where they are Artists in Residence and recently made Fellows, the Gould Piano Trio take inspiration from playing a wide range of chamber music with colleagues and coaching aspiring young ensembles. Giving masterclasses at Dartington Hall and Aldeburgh have been rewarding ways of passing on their years of experience.
The trio has been given the opportunity, as Artistic Directors of the next Leeds International Chamber Season, to curate a series of six concerts. Along with invited artists they will perform chamber music from Russia marking the 100th anniversary of the 1917 revolutions.
The Trio has been keen to commission new works: James MacMillan’s Piano Trio No. 2, premiered to much acclaim at the Bath International Festival in 2014, Simon Rowland-Jones’ Piano Trio No. 2 Eidfjord in 2016 and looking towards the 2017 season and beyond, a new trio from Mark Simpson After Avedon and a clarinet quartet by Huw Watkins.
The Gould’s are delighted that the Simpson, being part of the PRS Beyond Borders scheme, has been chosen for the New Music Biennial in Hull (and at the South Bank in London) as part of the City of Culture celebrations in 2017, a fitting way to mark the 25th anniversary of this renowned ensemble the Gould Piano Trio.
SPRING 2017 (480 words) NOT TO BE ALTERED WITHOUT PERMISSION
Lucy Gould – Violin
Alice Neary – Cello
Benjamin Frith – Piano