Sunday January 5th 3.00 pm
The Fournier Piano Trio
Saint-Saens: Piano trio no 1 in F Op 18
Schubert: Notturno in E flat D 897
Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor Op 15
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Formed in 2009, the internationally award-winning Fournier Trio has rapidly
established itself as one of the leading piano trios. Described by Classical Source
as having “awesome but restrained technical ability and chamber-music
antennae”, they were winners of the prestigious 2013 Parkhouse Award at
Wigmore Hall, finalists at Hamburg in 2012 and were recipients of 2nd Prize and
Audience Prize at the 6th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition
The Trio has made critically acclaimed debuts at the Wigmore Hall and
Purcell Room in London and in 2012 embarked on its first European Tour after
their selection for ‘New Masters on Tour’ at the International Holland Music
Sessions, culminating with their debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Fournier Trio has given recitals at other major venues such as St John’s Smith
Square in London, St David’s Hall in Cardiff and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
Festival appearances including Bath International Music Festival, Brighton
Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Chichester Festivities, Dartington
International Summer School, Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival
(where they collaborated with Lawrence Power and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies)
and Seoul Spring Festival. The Trio toured Scotland extensively as part of their
Tunnell Trust Award, and made their debuts across the Far East in Singapore,
Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. They have performed live on BBC Radio 3,
RTHK (Hong Kong), NRK (Norway) and KBS (South Korea). Highlights of 2017-
18 season include a debut recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and a series of
three concerts in Oxford featuring the complete Beethoven piano trios.
David Takeno has been a continuous influence on the Trio’s development since
the formation of the ensemble. During the Trio’s founding years, they were
Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music where they
worked with renowned pedagogues Thomas Brandis, Christopher Elton, Michael
Dussek and Sung-Won Yang, in addition to their duties as mentors to student
chamber groups. Since 2011, the Trio has been Artist-in-Residence at Wolfson
College, University of Oxford.
With a commitment to expand the piano trio repertoire, the Trio has premiered
works by leading composers such as Gary Carpenter, Hugh Wood, Timothy
Salter, Daniel Kidane and Fung Lam. They have releases two commercial
recordings: Piano Trios by Timothy Salter, Fauré and Ravel for USK Recordings;
and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trios with Resonus Classics.
The Fournier Trio is grateful to Wolfson College Oxford University, Royal
Academy of Music, Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group and
Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF for their generous support.
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