The Mediterranea Trio was established at the Royal College of Music in 2007 by pianist Elenlucia Pappalardo, violinist Markella Vandoros and cellist Alessandro Sanguineti. The Trio is mentored by Andrew Ball and has been coached by the Chilingirian Quartet, Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Yuri Zhislin, David Dolan, Geoffrey Govier and Kathron Sturrock and has participated in masterclasses with Susan Tomes and David Waterman at King's Place, Eckart Heiligers, Alexander Malosh, Peter Cropper, Moray Welsh and Simon Rowland-Jones. After its debut at the National Gallery, the Mediterranea Trio went on to perform at venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cheltenham Town Hall, St James’s Piccadilly, V&A Museum, Sundial Theatre, Farnham Castle, Foundling Museum, Britten Theatre and the Woking Concert Society. It also took part in the Chilingirian Chamberfest 2009 and the Chilingirian Mozart Festival 2011, the Bedford Park Festival and the Exhibition Road Music Day 2010. Future engagements include concerts at the Earl's Court Festival, The Forge, St Mary's Perivale, Balliol College Musical Society in Oxford, Norfolk & Norwich Music Club and Portsmouth Music Club. The Mediterranea Trio would like to express its gratitude to Philip Carne and the Richard Carne Trust for their generous support.
The Cosima Piano Quintet was formed in January 2010 and is an international ensemble featuring musicians from England, Guernsey, Lithuania and Tasmania. ‘Cosima’ in Greek means Order and Beauty, those two important musical qualities which the Quintet aspires to present with commitment and energy. Cosima’s members are a blend of current students and alumni of The Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Evelina Puzaite (piano) and Angélique Lihou (Cello) met in Guernsey playing Prokofiev 3rd piano concerto in 2009 and have gone on to play together in various mediums with a dream of one day starting their own ensemble. Katerina Mitchell (violin) who also plays with the LSO and Philharmonia orchestras, Jenny Lewisohn (Viola) and Algirdas Galdikas (violin), the youngest of the group, have also collaborated with each other throughout their studies. Piano quintets are still relatively uncommon, and the Cosima Piano Quintet has been established with a view to exploring some of this rarely heard music, bringing it to audiences with their unique brand of Order and Beauty.
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