Fournier Trio

Sulki Yu, violin
Pei-Jee Ng, cello
Chiao-Ying Chang, piano

Formed in 2009, the London-based Fournier Piano Trio is rapidly emerging as one of the leading young piano trios. Described by Classical Source as having “awesome but restrained technical ability and chamber-music antennae”, they are the winners of the prestigious 2013 Parkhouse Award, and were awarded both 2nd Prize and Audience Prize at the 6th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2011. The trio made critically acclaimed debuts at both 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.

The Trio have made appearances at major UK festivals including the Bath International Music Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Chichester Festivities, Lamberhurst and Devizes Festivals and toured Scotland extensively as part of their Tunnell Trust Award. Abroad they made regular visits to the Trondheim International Music Festival, in 2010 performing Faure’s Piano Quartet No.2 with Lawrence Power and in 2012 collaborating with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in a performance of his Piano Trio in addition to giving masterclasses. Highlights of the 2013/14 season were three major London recitals at St John’s Smith Square, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, and their first visit to the Far East making debuts and masterclasses at Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory ‘Ones to Watch’ Series, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the newly-opened Eslite Performance Hall in Taipei.

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. They have participated in masterclasses by Ralph Kirshbaum, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Susan Tomes, Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Hope and Martin Lovett. Since 2011 the Fournier Trio have been ‘Artist-in-Residence’ at Oxford University’s Wolfson College where they continue to perform recitals and conduct masterclasses.

Committed to expand the piano trio repertoire, the Trio has performed /premiered new trios by leading British composers Gary Carpenter, Hugh Wood, Timothy Salter and Daniel Kidane. Their debut album for USK Recordings will include Timothy Salter’s Piano Trio alongside the Faure and Ravel Trios and the Mendelssohn Piano Trios.

The Fournier Trio is grateful to the Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group and Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF for their generous support.

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