The Caledonian Trio comprises Fiona Mitchell (clarinet), Iona Garvie (bassoon) and Eleanor Maynell (piano). ? We are passionate about the flexibility of the ensemble and wish to promote new and current music for this combination of instruments.
Fiona Mitchell (clarinet) was awarded a Masters degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2010, having previously studied at the Royal College of Music. She now pursues a busy professional career, performing in orchestras, playing in chamber groups and teaching. She has performed with Sir John Eliot Gardiner's period orchestras, the English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaireet Romantique, around the world, as well as with many other orchestras.
Iona Garvie (bassoon) completed her Masters degree with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama having previously studied at the Royal College of Music. Since then, she has embarked on a busy freelance career.Iona is currently based in London and performs regularly as an orchestral player, chamber musician and combines this with her love of teaching. She has performed with most of the leading London orchestras. When not performing, Iona enjoys Yoga and Rock Climbing.
Eleanor Meynell (piano) studied at Chetham's School of Music winning the Bromsgrove Young Musician of the Year aged 15. She was also awarded both ACRM and LGSM diplomas while still at school. She has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Radio Belfast London and is currently on the staff at Trinity Laban College of Music. She plays for many young singers and instrumentalists and recently formed the St Bart's Piano Quartet with players from the LSO, and she plays for auditions and masterclasses for John Eliot Gardiner.
Savitri Grier read music at Christ Church, Oxford and in 2017 completed her Artist Diploma with distinction at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with David Takeno. She is currently at the Universität der Künste Berlin in the class of Nora Chastain. Savitri plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin on generous loan from the Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust. Over the last year Savitri Grier has returned to Wigmore Hall both as soloist, and with the IMS Prussia Cove Ensemble. In 2019 Savitri undertakes a complete Beethoven Sonata series in Scotland as part of a Tunnell Trust award with pianist Richard Uttley. Recent solo highlights include the Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, English Chamber, London Mozart Players, Welsh National Opera and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2016 she made her debut at Carnegie's Weill Hall.
Richard Uttley (piano) was born in Bradford in 1987 and graduated from Clare College, Cambridge in 2008 with a Double First in Music. He was awarded a Distinction in his Master's and Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2011. His awards include 1st prizes in the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition 2010 and the British Contemporary Piano Competition 2006, as well as the Myra Hess Scholarship 2009. He was featured as a Selected Artist in Making Music's 2013/14 Season Concert Promoters' Network brochure, and has also featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine. Richard is a trustee of New Dots, a charity promoting contemporary music. He teaches piano at City University and academic studies at Guildhall School.