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Biography of  Gould Piano Trio

Gould Piano Trio

'The only comparison that comes to mind is the old Beaux Arts Trio; the combination of jewel-like precision and a musical fire that ignites from the first bar.' - The Washington Post

Lucy Gould violin
Alice Neary cello
Benjamin Frith piano

For over twenty years the Gould Piano Trio have remained at the forefront of the chamber music scene, having been launched into an international career by winning the first Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Selected as YCAT artists they subsequently became 'European Concert Halls Rising Stars', performing at major venues in Europe and North America. Familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 3, they perform at major festivals and venues in the UK and abroad, with regular tours to the United States. They have developed a close relationship with Wigmore Hall in London and draw particular inspiration through creating their own chamber music festivals in Corbridge, Northumberland and in Cardiff at the Royal Welsh College of Music. An important part of their life as a trio has been the masterclasses and workshops they regularly undertake, with residencies at both the Royal Northern and Royal Welsh Colleges of Music.

The Goulds enjoy the chance to perform and record complete cycles of composersí works, placing unjustly neglected gems alongside established masterpieces. In partnership with the Champs Hill label are the four piano trios of Dvorak, which chart a journey from youth to maturity, followed soon by the celebrated pair by Mendelssohn. Meanwhile SOMM Recordings have issued the first of two volumes of four in the Trioís unique, complete, "liveĒ Beethoven piano trios from St Georgeís Bristol, recapturing the effervescent concert series. Their well known Brahms cycle (Quartz) rediscovers the masterís earliest surviving essays in the genre which begin this distillation of his chamber output. Naxos is also bringing out the seven piano trios of Hummel, where the Goulds have found not only amusing quotes from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven but a progression from the classical style to the early romanticism of Chopinís time.

The Trio have always enjoyed a special relationship with clarinettist Robert Plane; indeed he features in the recordings of both Beethoven and Brahms. Robert has been a guiding influence through an on-going series of recordings and performances of the late Romantic English repertoire. Their British catalogue includes the works of Bax, Scott, Ireland, Stanford and York Bowen. It is a fulfilling task resurrecting this beautiful repertoire so long neglected during the latter half of the Twentieth Century. Celebrating many anniversaries over the years, the Gould's recording with Robert Plane of Messiaen's Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps (Chandos) was described by BBC Music Magazine as "the best modern account of the work".

Exciting future projects include a Schumann Trio/Brahms Piano Quartet cycle at St Georgeís Bristol and a new piano trio from James MacMillan. Co-commissioned by the Bath International Festival, East Neuk Festival and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, other performances are scheduled at Kings Place and Wigmore Hall in London and at many UK music societies in the 2014/15 season, with its German premiŤre in Bensheim recorded by Hessischer Rundfunk. MacMillanís first trio Fourteen Little Pictures is featured with Schubert Trio Opus 100 on their "Wigmore Live" CD .

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