Minerva Piano Trio

Minerva Piano Trio
Michal Cwizewicz, violin Richard Birchall, cello Annie Yim, piano


 

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Selected by St. John’s Smith Square as Young Artists 2016/17, the Minerva Piano Trio will present an innovative series of concerts – joining forces with a new generation of composers and collaborating with different art forms, including dance. As part of their ongoing project, the Trio will perform their revival of Brahms’s radically different original version of his first trio. Each concert explores the Trio’s passions for new music, historical research, and creative collaborations.

Following their London debut at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room in 2014 as Park Lane Group Young Artists, the Minerva Piano Trio have established themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting young trios. Their performances have been described as ‘the most beautiful sounds’ (The Times) and ‘splendid renditions’ (Classical Source). They have worked closely with leading British composers including Mark-Anthony Turnage and Roxanna Panufnik. Recent highlights include the premiere of a work written by the Minerva Trio’s cellist and composer Richard Birchall. The Trio have received coaching from Gordon Back, members of the former Florestan Trio, and Gabor Takacs-Nagy. They are grateful for the support of ChamberStudio, Richard Carne Trust, and Concordia Foundation.

Violinist Michal Cwizewicz directs the Ognisko Chamber Ensemble and is the concertmaster of the Górecki Chamber Orchestra. He studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky, Krzysztof Smietana and members of the Ysaÿe and Alban Berg Quartets. He has been teaching at the Royal College of Music since 2012. Cellist Richard Birchall read Music at Cambridge University before studying at the Guildhall School of Music under Louise Hopkins. He has been a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 2011. He also directs Cellophony cello octet and works as a composer and arranger. Pianist Annie Yim completed her doctorate in performance and musicology at the Guildhall School of Music with Joan Havill and City University London with Christopher Wiley. She is founder of MusicArt London, a performing arts initiative established in the UK.

 

“Immaculate technique in what was clearly often difficult territory…A high degree of maturity, concentration, commitment and energy”Classical Source

“How lucky modern-day composers are to have such expert and sympathetic advocates”Classical Source

“The most beautiful sounds”The Times

2015/16 dates

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 7pm
City University Performance Space, London
CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8a (1854 version)

Friday 27 March 2015, 1.10pm
Blackheath Halls, London
CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8a (1854 version)

Sunday 26 April 2015, 2.30pm
King’s Place, London
ChamberStudio masterclass with violinist Anthony Marwood
JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8a (1854 version)

Monday 27 April 2015, 4pm
Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Lecture Recital Room
JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8a (1854 version)

Sunday 15 November 2015, 7.30pm
Stratford upon Avon Chamber Music Society
JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8a (1854 version)
FRANZ SCHUBERT Piano Trio in E-flat major, D. 929

Wednesday 2 December 2015, 7.30pm
St. Mary’s Perivale, Ealing
FRANZ SCHUBERT Piano Trio in E-flat major, D. 929

Thursday 24 March 2016, 10am
Masterclass with Gabor Takacs-Nagy
FRANZ SCHUBERT Piano Trio in E-flat major, D. 929
Venue: 22 Mansfield Street, London, W1G 9NR

Wednesday 28 March 2016, 3pm
St. Mary’s Perivale, Ealing
CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
ROXANNA PANUFNIK Around Three Corners
JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8a (1854 version)

Wednesday 16 May 2016, 2pm
Steinway Hall, London
Masterclass with Peter Frankl.
BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 ‘Ghost’
More details

Wednesday 23 Oct 2016, 3pm
St. John’s Smith Square Young Artists Series 2016/17 – Concert 1
ROBERT SCHUMANN Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 63
RICHARD BIRCHALL Contours (2013/14)
JOHNANNES BRAHMS Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8a (1854 version)
St. John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA.

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