Rhodes Piano Trio
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‘They certainly repaid the honour in ample measure with an intelligent persuasive and throughly compelling account of the Brahms C major Trio. They conveyed the generously sweeping gestures of Brahms at his most expansive, drawing a fine connection thread between each of its four movements and building to a truly noble conclusion. These are three musicians who clearly love playing together and communicate their enjoyment in distinguished, unpretentious and thoroughly artistic driven performances.’
Marc Rochester, The Straits Times/Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore, March 2012
‘…the string highlight of the festival, for me, was the Rhodes Piano Trio in Dvorák’s Piano Trio in F minor op.65, at the Royal Over-Seas League. Although the group was only formed in 2003 at the Royal Northern College of Music, it felt as though its members had been playing together for decades. It was impossible not to be caught up in their intense, passionate playing, full of colour and variety, and there a compelling sense of discovering the music afresh with them. Violinist Michael Gurevich played each phrase as if his life depended on it, and cellist David Edmonds had some gloriously syrupy moments in the first movement, with powerful yet supple contributions from pianist Robert Thompson. This was thrilling, edge-of-your-seat playing, delivered with real sincerity, and best of all, the three performers actually seemed to be enjoying themselves’.
The Strad / ROSL Edinburgh Fringe Festival / November 2011
4 star review **** It is easy to tell that a group of players are entirely comfortable and practiced with one another… The audience loved this Beethoven [Archduke].
Edinburgh Guide.com Edinburgh Fringe Festival/Royal Over-Seas League August 2011
Musizieren auf die feine britische Art: …their music-making is of the very finest…the Dvorák [Op.65] was full of energy and the most expressive contrasts.
Ostsee Zeitung Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern August 2011
'A performance of suave brilliance by the Rhodes Trio, a fine ensemble, of whom one needs to hear more.'
The Guardian, RNCM ChamberFest/Boris Tchaikovsky Trio, January 2006
Selected by YCAT in 2010, the Rhodes Piano Trio went on to win 2nd Prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
In 2011 the Rhodes Piano Trio won 2nd Prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Selected for representation by YCAT in 2010, over the last year the Trio has given debut recitals at Wigmore Hall, Barbican, the Aldeburgh, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Cords en Ciel, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schwetzinger Festivals. They took part in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler and Mitsuko Uchida in Aldeburgh and with Andras Keller, Ferenc Rados, ……at IMS Prussia Cove, the Aix-end Provence and Verbier Academies.
During the 2011/12 season the Trio were resident ensemble as part of the One to Watch series at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and Chamber Music Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. This summer they record their first CD of Trios by Schumann for Champs Hill Records due for release in 2013. Future engagements include return visits to Wigmore Hall and recitals throughout the UK including the Royal Northern College of Music and Cheltenham Contemporary Music Festival.
Formed in 2003 at the Royal Northern College of Music under the guidance of the late Dr. Christopher Rowland and Alasdair Tait, the Trio won all the RNCM’s major chamber music prizes, toured Scotland as Tunnell Trust Award winners twice and won the 2008 Elias Fawcett Award in the Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Finals. The Trio has been coached by the Florestan Trio and the Ulysses Ensemble as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and studied with Andre Emelianoff at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in the USA. They have also taken part in classes with Charles Rosen, Alexander Melnikov, Gabor Takács-Nagy, members of the Chilingirian and Endellion String Quartets and the Gould Piano Trio and been taught by Ian Brown, Carole Presland and Jeremy Young.
Over the last six years the Trio has performed widely at venues and festivals across the UK, including the Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, North Aldborough, Edinburgh Fringe, Devizes, Chester and Lake District Summer Music Festivals. They have appeared on BBC Radio 3 and ABC Classic FM in Australia and from 2005-2009 took part in the RNCM’s ChamberFests, in 2006 performing the Boris Tchaikovsky Trio to critical acclaim. Further afield they have given concerts in the USA, Australia, Lithuania and The Netherlands.
All three members of the Rhodes Piano Trio enjoy great success individually, Robert Thompson completing his solo studies with Peter Frankl at Yale University, David Edmonds with Gregor Horsch in Dusseldorf and Michael Gurevich as a member of the London Haydn Quartet.