Music atT ST MARY'S PPerivale


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 in 2011.

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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