The Gould Piano Trio, recently compared to the great Beaux Arts Trio for their “musical fire”and dedication to the genre in the Washington Post, have remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for well over twenty years. Having been launched by their first prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and subsequently selected as YCAT artists, they made tours in Europe and the USA as “Rising Stars,” making a highly successful debut at the Weill Recital Hall, described by Strad Magazine as “Pure Gould”. In recent years they have developed a close relationship with London’s Wigmore Hall, performing all the Dvorak Trios in a Czech Series, giving a recital in the BBC Radio 3 lunchtime series and now looking forward to their Beethoven Trios cycle in the 2017/18 season. At St. George’s, Bristol, they performed and recorded these trios live for Somm, arguably the pinnicle of the repertoire, and also brought a concentrated intensity for players and listeners alike in performances of the Schumann trios and Brahms Piano Quartets
Their discography not only includes the renowned masterpieces of the repertoire, but many hidden gems , brought to life through an on-going collaboration with that great musical pioneer, clarinettist, Robert Plane. Trio cycles by Beethoven (Somm), Brahms (Quartz), Hummel (Naxos) and Dvorak (Champs Hill) have been complemented by the late romantic works of C.V. Stanford, John Ireland, Robin Milford, Cyril Scott and Arnold Bax. A disc of contemporary works by Maxwell-Davies, Beamish and MacMillan disc (Champs Hill) was released last year, all helping to bring British music, and many world premiere recordings to an international public. This year, however, will see the release of the complete Piano Quartets of Brahms plus his friend, Kirchner’s transcriptions of this master’s String Sextets for piano trio-another exciting rarity. Through their annual festivals in Corbridge, Northumberland, now in it’s 18th year, and Cardiff at the RWCMD, where they are Artists in Residence and recently made Fellows, the trio take inspiration from playing a wide range of chamber music with colleagues and coaching aspiring young ensembles. Giving masterclasses in Dartington Hall and Aldeburgh have been rewarding ways of passing on their years of experience. The Trio has been given the opportunity, as Artistic Directors of the 2017/18 Leeds International Chamber Season, to curate a series of 6 concerts throughout the season. Invited artists as well as themselves will be performing works from pre-revolution Russia marking the 100th anniversary of the historic revolutions of that year.
The trio has been keen to commission new works; recently Sir James MacMillan’s second Piano Trio, premiered to much acclaim at the Bath International Festival in 2014, and looking towards the 2016 season and beyond, works from Simon Rowland-Jones, Mark Simpson and Huw Watkins have been commissioned. The trio are particularly delighted that the Simpson is part of the ‘Beyond Borders’ PRS scheme and has also been chosen for the New Music Biennial in Hull and at the South Bank, London, as part of the City of Culture celebrations in 2017, a fitting way to mark the 25th anniversary of this celebrated ensemble, the Gould Piano Trio.