Tuesday 21 June 3.00 pm
The Astatine Trio
Julia Blachuta (violin)
Riya Hamie (cello)-
Berniya Hamie (piano)
Benet Casablancas: Haiku for piano trio (2007) (2')
Mozart: Piano Trio in B flat K502 (20')
Allegro / Larghetto / Allegretto
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio no 2 in C minor Op 66 (30')
Allegro / Andante / Scherzo / Finale
The Astatine Trio - was formed by three award-winning young musicians at the Royal College of Music in 2021. They were the winners of the 2022 Senior Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition as the youngest entrants, with an average age of less than 19 (the decision by jury members Raphael Wallfisch, Anthony Marwood and Tom Poster was unanimous). Recently the trio were selected as one of four groups participating in Chamber Studio's inaugural Hans Keller Forum for 2022/23; they will receive mentoring from Alasdair Beatson, John Myerscough and Richard Ireland across three residencies. Their past and upcoming engagements include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Austrian Cultural Forum and Gloucester Music Society and they recently became a member of Talent Unlimited.
Berniya Hamie studies piano with Dina Parakhina and cello with Helene Dautry at the RCM on a full scholarship as the John and Marjorie Coultate Scholar; in September 2021 she was selected as a Tabor Piano Ambassador for the Leeds Piano Competition. She previously studied at the RCMJD with Ian Jones and Konstantin Lapshin until 2020, where she won several prizes and was awarded a solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room. Violinist Julia Blachuta completed studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and in Poland before being awarded a full scholarship to study at the RCM with Itzhak Rashkovsky as the HMD Meyer Violin Prize holder. Recently she was a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society's prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship. Co-principal cellist of NYO 2021-22 and an LPO Junior Artist in 2021, Riya Hamie studies with Michal Kaznowski at the RCMJD and has won many prizes including the prestigious Peter Morrison Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the RCMJD Symphony Orchestra in March 2022.
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