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Mithras Piano Trio     


Concert No.9

Saturday 17th April 2021 at 8pm
at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre


Mithras Piano Trio

Ionel Manciu (Violin), Leo Popplewell (Cello)
and Dominic Degavino (Piano)


Sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust 

  The Mithras Piano Trio won the 10th Trondheim
International Chamber Music Competition in 2019.


Mithras Trio

Winners of the 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, 67th Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition 2019 and the St. James Chamber Music Competition 2018, the Mithras Trio came together in 2017 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

As well as benefiting from regular tuition with Matthew Jones, Carole Presland and Ursula Smith, they have also received coaching from András Keller, Rolf Hind, David Dolan and the Endellion String Quartet, and were selected to perform in masterclasses with Ralf Gothóni, Levon Chilingirian, the Takács, Danish and Emerson Quartets, and Alasdair Tait.

Ionel, Leo and Dominic are experienced collaborators, having appeared in the Barbican Hall, City of London Festival, Harmos Festival Portugal, and Orpheus and Bacchus Festival among others. They have also worked in side-by-side performances with eminent musicians including Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, Krysia Osostowicz, Andrew Marriner, Janine Jansen, the Wihan, Chilingirian and Heath Quartets, and Ben Frith.

Individually they have had successes in a number of international competitions, including the Concours International de Piano d'Epinal in France, the Imola International Piano Awards, the Orpheus Musician of the Year Competition, the Brant International Piano Competition and Bromsgrove International Musicians' Competition. Dominic was also the keyboard section winner of both the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition and the 65th Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition.

They have performed at many of London’s major venues, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Milton Court Concert Hall, as well as giving concerts at the Lake District Summer Music Festival, Guildhall Chamber Music Festival, Highgate International Chamber Music Festival, Leeds International Concert Season and Yewfield Concert Series. They were selected as Kirckman Concert Society Young Artists for the 2019/2020 season.

They are passionate exponents of contemporary music, having performed works by Helen Grime and Christopher Brammeld last season, and giving the world première of a new piece by Péter Tornyai at the Solti Hall in Budapest, who dedicated the work to the Mithras Trio after working with them. Upcoming performances include debuts at Conway Hall and at the Brighton Coffee Concert Series.

www.mithrastrio.co.uk

Ionel Manciu - Violin

Born in Bender and raised in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, Ionel Manciu had his first violin lessons with Tamara Caftanat and later Galina Buinovschi at the musical lyceum Ciprian Porumbescu in Chisinau. He made his official debut at the age of ten with a performance Mozart Violin Concerto in G major with the Moldovan National Chamber Orchestra.

Ionel won numerous prizes at international competitions such as Eugen Coca in Moldova, Remember Enescu, Paul Constantinescu and Ion Voicu in Romania. Nedyalka Simeonova, M.A.G.I.C and Vasco Abadjiev in Bulgaria amongst many others. Recently, he was awarded the 1st prize at the Croydon Concerto Competition.

He has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Milton Court in London, Casa de Musica in Porto, the Mozarteum Concert Hall in Salzburg and the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest. Recent highlights include a concert at the Carnegie Hall as part of the Guildhall Artists in New York series, a performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto Nr.1 at the Barbican Hall and a recital of all six Ysaÿe Solo Sonatas at the 1901 Arts Club, generously supported by the Hattori Foundation.

Ionel currently studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of Professor David Takeno. His studies are generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust, the Hattori Foundation and the Drake Calleja Trust.

As part of the Mithras Piano Trio, he is the winner of the 2019 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, 67th Royal Over-Seas League Competition, Guildhall School St. James Chamber Music Prize, and 2nd prize winner at the Piano Trio Society Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition (2018). The trio was also selected as one of the Kirckman Music Society Young Artist for the 2019-2020 season.

He plays on a Giovanni Pistucci violin, generously loaned by the Harrison Frank Foundation.

Leo Popplewell

Born in 1995, Leo Popplewell studied at Clare College, Cambridge, before winning a scholarship to study with Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

An experienced recitalist, Leo has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Barnes Music Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Orpheus and Bacchus Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Lake District Summer Music Festival and Highgate International Chamber Music Festival. He has played in masterclasses for Louise Hopkins, Adrian Brendel, Pierre Doumenge, Tim Lowe and Alexander Baillie at the International Cello Gathering, Brian O’Kane at the Machynlleth Festival, and for Steven Isserlis at Wigmore Hall.

In 2017 he formed the Mithras Piano Trio, winning first prize in 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, the 67th Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition, Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition 2019 and St. James Chamber Music Competition 2018. They were selected as Kirckman Concert Society Young Artists for the 2019/2020 season, and have performed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Milton Court Concert Hall among others. He has also collaborated with the Wihan, Chilingirian and Heath Quartets, and the Frith Quartet.

He played as principal cellist in the National Youth Orchestra, and has also led the section of the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Vassily Sinaisky and Marin Alsop.

His studies have been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Craxton Memorial Trust and Coro Nuovo.

Dominic Degavino - Biography

Pianist Dominic Degavino has performed concerts in venues across the United Kingdom and beyond, including solo performances at the Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, London as a Park Lane Group artist, at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Lichfield and Edinburgh festivals, among others. Concerto appearances include performances with the Manchester Camerata and RNCM Symphony Orchestra.

Having completed both school and undergraduate studies in Manchester with Helen Krizos, at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, he recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied with Charles Owen and Noriko Ogawa.

Dominic has achieved considerable competition success, including winning the RNCM Gold Medal Competition, 3rd Prize at the Concours International de Piano d'Epinal in France, and keyboard section prizes of both the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition and the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Arts Competition. He has taken part in masterclasses with eminent pianists such as Lang Lang, Richard Goode, Imogen Cooper, Peter Frankl and John O'Conor.

Alongside work as a soloist, he is a passionate chamber musician, accompanist, and jazz player, performing extensively and winning prizes with a wide array of ensembles, including the Mithras Piano Trio and with flautist Meera Maharaj.

He is grateful for the generous support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK and the South Square Trust.

www.dominicdegavino.co.uk

 

 

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