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Sunday Concert: Barbican Piano Trio
Sun 5 February 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 GMT
Sophie Lockett (violin)
Robert Max (cello)
James Kirby (piano)
Beethoven Trio in D Op.70/1 'Ghost'
Beethoven Trio in E flat Op.70/2
Beethoven Trio in B flat Op.97 'Archduke'
Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012, the Barbican Piano Trio is regarded as one of the UK's leading ensembles with a reputation for stimulating performances, breadth of repertoire and exceptional audience rapport. Shortly after it was formed the trio won the South East Arts Young Musicians' Platform which led to concerts throughout the region and a recording contract with ASV. Two years later it won the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize and was selected for the Park Lane Group's Young Artists and 20th Century Music Series. Within three years the trio was broadcasting on BBC Radio 3 and the World Service as well as on TV and radio in Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington DC and in Bulgaria.
The Barbican Piano Trio has performed across four continents, visiting the USA five times and making its debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1994. The British Council has supported tours in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyztan, the Far East and South America as well as in Bulgaria, Italy and Spain. The ensemble has also given concerts in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland and Sweden. It was invited to perform in the Phillips Collection's 25th Anniversary "Celebrity Artist" Series in Washington DC and the Prado's 175th Anniversary celebrations in Madrid.
The trio performs at London's Wigmore Hall and their cycle of the complete Beethoven piano trios featured in the Master Concert Series. Their concert diary also includes regular visits to Scotland and performances at many of the UK's major music festivals including Blackheath, City of London, Garsington, Guildford, Harrogate, Newbury, Rye, Sheffield, Spitalfields, St. Jude's Proms, Three Spires and Warwick. The trio records for ASV, Guild, Black Box and Dutton and its discography includes works by Mendelssohn, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Taneyev, Rachmaninov, Schnittke, John Ireland and Alan Bush. As part of their commitment to education work, they hold regular masterclasses and present informative concerts for children and students of all ages.
The Barbican Piano Trio celebrated the beginning of its third decade with a three concert series featuring music by Haydn, Beethoven and Taneyev at Wigmore Hall and by revisiting many of the places where it had performed during its first twenty years. In 2012 the trio made its Romanian debut performing Beethoven’s Triple concerto and giving recitals in Arad and Timisoara and later that year they gave the world premiere of a new trio by James Francis Brown in Shropshire. In January 2013 they toured Scotland and in March they played Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Oxford Symphony Orchestra. 2014 sees a return to the St. Judes Proms in London and performances in the Lewes and Frinton Festivals.
Photo by Sam Pearce