We are proud to present the participants of TICC 2023: Albéniz Trio, Paddington Trio, Rilian Trio, Trio Castus, Trio Incendio, Trio Luminescense and Trio Tokava!
Albéniz Trio (ES/NL)
Luis María Suárez Felipe - violin
Paula Brizuela Carballo - cello
Javier Rameix - piano
Albéniz Trio was founded in 2019 by Javier Rameix (piano), Paula Brizuela Carballo (cello) and Luis María Suárez Felipe (violin). Based in Amsterdam, they have been working together and have since performed in different venues in several European countries such as the National Auditorium of Music, Sony Auditorium and the Juan March Foundation in Madrid, Tauberphillharmonie in Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany, and Schloss Johannisberg in Hesse, Germany, among others.
The members of the Albéniz Trio met in Madrid, Spain, at the prestigious Reina Sofía School of Music. All its three members have been awarded in their respective instrumental disciplines by Her Majesty Queen Sofía, and they have received the Reina Sofía School of Music “Most outstanding Chamber Music Group” award under the tutelage of professors Günter Pichler, Heime Müller, and Marta Gulyás.
They have received awards such as the “Jeunesses Musicales” Prize, and, 1st prize at the IX “Antón García Abril” International Chamber Music Competition, Spain. They received the 1st Prize and the “Arthur Rubinstein” Special Prize at the XXI “Kiejstut Bacewicz” International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź, Poland.
The Albéniz Trio already has a busy agenda of future commitments for the 2022-23 season. They are winners of the “Rising Ensemble” Award 2022 of the FestClásica chamber music series in Spain. They will take part in highly prestigious festivals such as the Rheingau Musik Festival, Hohenloher Kultursommers Festival in Germany, in the 71st Edition of the Granada International Music and Dance Festival, the Huéscar Classical Music Festival, Spain, “Miami Music Concerts” in Florida and the International Forum for High Improvement of Southern Europe.
The Albéniz Trio continues its artistic development through masterclasses by important artists such as Menahem Pressler, Günter Pichler, Quatour Ébène, Rainer Schmidt, Péter Nagy, Luis Fernando Pérez, Dirk Mommertz, Priya Mitchell, Cuarteto Casals and Vogler Quartett. In addition, the Albéniz Trio, in its constant search for inspiration and innovation in its art, is part of the chair of chamber music at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Munich, Germany, in the company of artists such as Dirk Momertz, pianist of the renowned Fauré Quartett and the Quatour Ébène.
Paddington Trio (FI/IE/US)
Tuulia Hero – violin
Patrick Moriarty – cello
Stephanie Tang – piano
Having started their first adventure together at Paddington Station during the pandemic in 2020, the Paddington Trio has quickly emerged as a unique and versatile ensemble of a lasting entity. Hailed for their “nuanced and powerful performance” (ROSL News, 18 March 2022), the trio won first prize in the 70th Royal Over-Seas League Competition for Strings & Piano Ensemble. This April 2023, they won the prestigious Parkhouse Award in Wigmore Hall. They are supported generously by the City Music Foundation, Kirckman Concert Society, and GBZ Management.
Committed to thoughtfully curated programming, as well as passionate advocates of new classical music, the Paddington Trio won first prize at the NEW FORMATS Project Prize 2022 in Graz, Austria, 2nd prize and the jury prize for the Best Interpretation of an Estonian Work at the 2021 Tallinn International Piano Chamber Music Competition and 1st prize at the Clara Schumann International Competition.
In March 2023, the trio made their concerto debut, where they performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto under Jan Söderblom with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia. They have had the immense privilege to perform in prestigious halls and series such as Wigmore Hall, LSO St. Luke's, Oxford Coffee Concerts, St. George’s Bristol, Brighton Dome and BBC Total Immersion concert series. Upcoming concert highlights include debuts at Conway Hall, Brighton Festival, Buxton International Festival, Schiermonnikoog Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Lake District Summer Music. They have appeared on YLE Radio (Finland) and BBC Radio 3 In Tune.
Having all studied individually at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the trio is currently in the Guildhall Artist Fellowship programme. They are grateful to receive mentorship from Richard Ireland at ChamberStudio and Marc Danel at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy. They have had the privilege to work with Gary Hoffman, Levon Chilingirian, Adrian Brendel, Robert Levin, Johannes Meissl, David Dolan and members of the Takács, Endellion, Meta4 and Kamus quartets. The trio has also studied under Thomas Adès at the IMS Prussia Cove’s 50th anniversary masterclasses.
Having arrived in London from different countries, violinist Tuulia Hero (Finland), cellist Patrick Moriarty (Ireland) and pianist Stephanie Tang (US) seek to build engaging concert programmes curated for changing times and audiences.
Rilian Trio (CA)
Daniel Dastoor - violin
David Liam Roberts - cello
Godwin Friesen - piano
Brought together by their shared passion for chamber music and depth of musical narrative, the Rilian Trio is composed of three of Canada’s leading young musicians, pianist Godwin Friesen, violinist Daniel Dastoor, and cellist David Liam Roberts. As a trio, they have studied with artists such as Miguel da Silva, Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff, and Elisabeth Kufferath.
Upcoming engagements include a recital presented by the Gallery Players of Niagara in 2024.
The Rilian Trio formed in 2021 at the Glenn Gould School (GGS) of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where they were mentored by Bryan Epperson. Five months later, they were awarded 1st Prize at the GGS Chamber Music Competition, and shortly thereafter were one of two trios preselected for the upcoming 2023 Trondheim International Chamber Competition.
The trio has performed in Toronto and Montreal, as well as in Trondheim and Levanger, Norway. They have also premiered a new work for piano quartet by their pianist, Godwin Friesen.
Trio Castus (KR)
Seokhwan Choi – violin
Seungyeon Oh – cello
Seungkyu Oh – piano
Trio Castus is a piano trio based in South Korea and the United States. This group is made up of Violinist Seokhwan Choi, Cellist Seungyeon Oh, and Pianist Seungkyu Oh. Three of them organized the group in November 2022. The Latin word ‘Castus’ means ‘pure,’ or ‘divine,' which corresponds to their musical goal: to aim for the pure blended sonority, interpretation and sound itself for the sake of divine music. The members of Trio Castus share a similar educational background by graduating from South Korea and form the group at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. This common cultural background enables them to understand and bond with each other. After initiating a trio group, they were invited to play a fundraising concert at the Brown County Chamber Festival in Nashville, and had chamber concerts at various venues, such as Auer Hall, and Ford-Crawford Hall in the United States.
Trio Incendio (CZ)
Karolína Františová – piano
Filip Zaykov – violin
Vilém Petras – cello
Trio Incendio was founded in 2016 in Prague. The trio has won several national and international competitions, for example Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Lugano, Coop Music Awards in Cremona, Concorso Musicale “Marcello Pontillo” in Firenze, Kiejstut Bacewicz Competition in Lodz, Concorso “Massimiliano Antonelli” in Latina and Bohuslav Martinů Competition in Prague, where they also gained the Special Prize for the best interpretation of the work by Martinů. In March, Trio Incendio was awarded the 2nd prize at the Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition in Weimar while the 1st prize was not awarded.
The trio is a member ensemble of the European Chamber Music Academy, which gives young ensembles a possibility of working regularly with distinguished artists and professors such as Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl and all the other members of the Artis Quartet, Julius Berger, Alexander Lonquich, Karla Haltenwanger (Boulanger Trio), Avedis Koyoumdjian, Marianna Shirinyan, Boris Berman, Itamar Golan, Jan Talich and Petr Prause (Talich Quartet), Vida Vujić, Patrick Jüdt, Minna Pensola (Meta4 Quartet) or Dirk Mommertz (Fauré Quartet), Hyung-ki Joo. The trio also took part in a masterclass with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and had two sessions of a public masterclass with Alfred Brendel on Piano Trios by Schubert. One of the masterclasses on Trio No. 1 has already been released on a DVD by the Supraphon label. In 2019, Trio Incendio was invited to join the Le Dimore Del Quartetto organisation.
Trio Incendio participates regularly in the International Summer Academy in Reichenau, organised by the University of Music in Vienna. At the academy, they were awarded the Wiener Klassik Prize, Bohuslav Martinů Prize and AHUV Prize for the best interpretation of Czech contemporary music. The trio also got the Chamber Music Prize for the best ensemble of the academy and the Audience Award.
Trio Incendio performs both in the Czech Republic and abroad. The young ensemble has already given concerts in some of the most important European venues such as Philharmonie Berlin, Wigmore Hall or Rudolfinum in Prague and has been invited to festivals like Ticino Musica, the chamber music season of the Prague Spring Festival or the Davos Festival. Their concerts are appreciated for their passion, stylistic clarity and the beauty of the sound.
Trio Luminescence (FR)
Raphaël Garac – Violin
Albert Kuchinski – cello
Antonin Bonnet – Piano
The Trio Luminescence is a young french trio founded in 2020 by Raphaël Garac (Violin), Albert Kuchinski (Cello) and Antonin Bonnet (Piano). All three are students at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP), where they first worked with François Salque before obtaining a bachelor in chamber music (with highest honours) in Claire Désert's class. They are now perfecting their skills in the class of the Trio Wanderer as part of the concert artist cycle at the CRR in Paris.
The trio recently took part in the Vienna/Grafenegg session of the ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy), where they notably benefited from the teaching of Johannes Meissl, Avedis Kouyoumdjian and Hatto Beyerle. They have also taken part in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Eckart Runge, Romain Descharmes and Marc Coppey.
The Trio Luminescence often works on period instruments to develop their imagination and build historically informed interpretation. Thus, Raphaël is dedicating his Master’s thesis to the interpretation of Haydn piano trios on period instruments.
The trio performs regularly in France, as well as in cities such as Belgrade, Budapest, Ljubjana and Vienna. They have recently performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto on several occasions with the Chatillon Conservatoire orchestra. From 17 to 27 August 2023, as part of the "Génération Chaise Dieu" programme, the trio will be in residence at the Festival de la Chaise Dieu, as well as giving a number of concerts, including one at the Auditorium Cziffra, where they will have the honour of performing with violinist Pierre Fouchenneret and violist Lise Berthaud.
Trio Tokava (MY/TW/US)
Zi Yang Low – violin
Eugene Lin – cello
Nadia Azzi – piano
Trio Tokava (Nadia Azzi, piano; Zi Yang Low, violin; Eugene Lin, cello) was formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and is based in Los Angeles, USA. All three artists have illustrious solo and chamber music careers, and the group is dedicated to offering audiences a unique and captivating approach to the repertoire they perform. Members of the trio have attended prestigious chamber music festivals, including the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Sarasota Music Festival, among others. Collectively and individually, the trio regularly works with Martin Beaver, Fabio Bidini, and Clive Greensmith.