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Concert No 8

8pm Saturday 14th April 2018
at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre

Gould Piano Trio

Supported by HCMS 100 Club

Lucy Gould (Violin), Alice Neary (Cello)
and Benjamin Frith (Piano)

Gould Piano Trio Photo by Jake Morley    

“ ... after twenty years of playing together, what they produce is truly extraordinary”
- Washington Post

Gould Piano Trio

Since winning the first prize at both the Premio Vittorio Gui in Florence and the inaugural Melbourne Chamber Music Competition, while being promoted in Europe and the United States as British “Rising Stars”, the Gould Piano Trio is now considered as one of the finest of its kind performing today. The Washington Post commented that “after twenty years of playing together, what they produce is truly extraordinary”.

Their widely diverse repertoire and ever-expanding discography display a strong stylistic conviction appreciated by audiences and critics alike. Concerts at major venues such as Wigmore and Carnegie Halls and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and tours of North and South America, Europe and the Far East have introduced them to a wide and varied public.

Having established their own annual festival with clarinettist Robert Plane in the Northumberland town of Corbridge, they enjoy exploring contrasting chamber music genres with their musical peers. First-hand experience working with contemporary composers has led to the commissioning of many new works, including a second piano trio from James MacMillan, premiered in 2014 at the Bath International Festival, which is featured on an all-contemporary CD, together with trios by Peter Maxwell Davies and Sally Beamish (Champs Hill Records). Looking towards 2017 and beyond works from Simon Rowland-Jones and Huw Watkins have been commissioned.

The Trio is the first ensemble to record all seven trios by Brahms, to be reissued in 2015 (adding Kirchner’s arrangements for trio of the two String Sextets) by Champs Hill, for whom they also recorded a Dvorak cycle. Their recently completed major project to record “live” all the Beethoven trios marks their first recordings for SOMM. Their two disc survey of Hummel’s seven Piano Trios on Naxos brings a more classical perspective to their discography.

During the 2014-15 season the Trio performed MacMillan’s new trio over 30 times including at Wigmore Hall, with European premières in Germany and Portugal. They will celebrate their 25th anniversary year in 2017 with many performances of a new commission from young British composer Mark Simpson, supported through Beyond Borders and the PRS for Music Foundation.

Lucy Gould – Violin

Lucy GouldLucy studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Indiana University, Bloomington, with Gyorgy Pauk and Josef Gingold. Courses at Prussia Cove, Yale Summer School and the Banff Centre for the Arts, working with Andras Schiff, Menahem Pressler and the Amadeus String Quartet were a great inspiration to her.

In chamber music she is best known as violinist of the Gould Piano Trio, one of the UK’s most prestigious ensembles. From early success at the Charles Hennen in Holland and the inaugural Melbourne Competitions and shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Award, the Trio now boast an impressive discography, with festival appearances at Edinburgh, Cheltenham, City of London, Bath, Aldeburgh, Spoleto and the BBC Proms. Regular and extensive tours to the United States have covered major venues in New York, including the Lincoln Center, Frick Collection and Weill Hall, and in Europe highlights have included the Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, as well as recitals in Paris, Cologne, Athens and Vienna, and regular performances at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Lucy also performs regularly with Leon McCawley and David Pyatt, taking the opportunity to explore both the horn trio and violin sonata repertoire.

She has performed much of the concerto repertoire with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the English String Orchestra. She regularly appears as guest leader of orchestras such as CBSO, BBC Philharmonic and BBC NOW. She holds the position of principal 2nd violin of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and is a teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where she lives with her husband, Robert Plane, clarinettist and their three children.

Lucy Gould plays a Joseph Guarnerius filius Andreae violin from 1703.

Alice Neary – Cello

Alice NearyAlice enjoys a distinguished performing career, as both chamber musician and soloist. She has played concertos with many leading orchestras including Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, Israel Symphony and Baltimore Symphony.

In addition to being a member of the Gould Piano Trio, Alice regularly plays with the Nash Ensemble and has appeared as guest cellist with Ensemble 360 and Endellion, Elias, Heath, Sorrel, and Bingham quartets. She collaborates with pianists Benjamin Frith, Gretel Dowdeswell and Daniel Tong. Regular visits to International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, collaborating with such artists as Anthony Marwood, Lesley Hatfield and Daniel Phillips, provide on-going inspiration.

As winner of 1998 Pierre Fournier Award, Alice made her very successful début at the Wigmore Hall, launching her career in the UK and abroad. Familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 3, she has performed at major festivals including Bath International, Santa Fe (USA) and Manchester International Cello Festival. Other competition successes include 2001 Leonard Rose (USA) and 1997Adam (NZ) International Cello Competitions, the Silver Medal in 1994 Shell/LSO competition and 1996 Royal Over-Seas League String prize.

Recording is also an important part of her career, both with the trio and as soloist. She draws particular satisfaction from the rediscovery of neglected works, including Tovey’s cello concerto and sonatas and John Ireland sonata. In the more mainstream, future plans include a CD of Mendelssohn Cello Sonatas.

Alice studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at Royal Northern College of Music and, as a Fulbright scholar, with Timothy Eddy at Stonybrook, USA. Now much in demand as a teacher, Alice has been tutor in cello at Royal Northern College of Music and Royal College of Music, and is at present mainly based at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in her home city of Cardiff.

Alice comes from a musical family; her father is the organist and choir director, Martin Neary, and she is married to violinist David Adams. They have three lively children.

Alice plays an Alessandro Gagliano cello of 1710

Benjamin Frith – Piano

Benjamin Frith Benjamin Frith – Piano Benjamin was encouraged by his teacher, Fanny Waterman, to pursue a musical career after winning the UK Dudley National Piano Competition at 14. Today he has made 17 solo discs and performed with many of the great orchestras and conductors.

At 20 he became a Mozart Memorial Prize winner and was invited by Sir Peter Pears to appear at the Aldeburgh Festival. He achieved international recognition by sharing top prize in the 1986 Busoni International Piano Competition, and 1st prize in the 1989 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, making his debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 1992 with Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.

A lifelong interest in chamber music was realised in his becoming a member of the Gould Piano Trio in 1998.



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