European Chamber Music Academy

Programme

Robert Schumann Fantasiestücke Op 88

Sonoris Piano Trio:
Marta Mazurek violin
Miguel Braga cello
Simon Popp piano

Béla Bartók String Quartet No 3

Echéa Quartet:
Rosa Hartley, Aliayta Foon-Dancoes violin
Alinka Rowe viola
Eliza Millett cello

Interval

Rebecca Clarke Piano Trio

Chloé Piano Trio:
Maria Gîlicel violin
Jobine Siekman cello
George Todica piano

This concert will end at approximately 8.45pm

 

Biographies

Sonoris Piano Trio

The Sonoris Piano Trio was founded in 2021, but its history dates back to 2018, when they first performed Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time together. Since then, their collaboration can be described as intense. The Sonoris Piano Trio: Marta Mazurek – violin; Miguel Braga – cello; Simon Popp – piano, are three very strong individuals who have established a particularly close dialogue with each other, which has enabled them to synthesise emotionally and expressively.

As John Ruskin once said: ‘To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to paralyse vitality.’ The Sonoris Piano Trio’s main premise is not to strive for perfection, but for a unique unity of sound, expression and utterance. They focus on the precision of performance, but most of all on forming an extraordinary and unique connection to the music, one another and the public at the same time creating the exceptional atmosphere and sonority of each performed piece. This musical intention was noticed during the chamber music exams at Hochschule der Künste Bern, resulting with selection for the well known Excellence Concert Series „Halt auf Verlangen”, taking place in Berner Generationenhaus.

The Sonoris Piano Trio, despite their small seniority, have had the honor of working with such musical personalities as: Ernesto Molinari, Patrick Jüdt, Tomasz Herbut, Monika Urbaniak-Lisik, Antonio Meneses, Antoine Françoise and David Eggert. At the moment, Sonoris Piano Trio is preparing for the world-famous ECMA European Chamber Music Academy. Sonoris plays Amorim 2020 cello and a violin by a luthier unknown ca.1800.

Echéa String Quartet

Recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize (2019/20), the Echéa Quartet was formed in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music, London. They are recent winners of the ‘Tremplin’ at the Philharmonie de Paris’ String Quartet Biennale (2020) and prizewinners of the International Anton Rubinstein Competition (2017).

The quartet have been Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal College of Music and have been artists for the Concordia and City Music Foundations (2019/20) and Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. They have been mentored by John Myerscough, Simon Rowland-Jones and Mathieu Herzog. With many thanks to the Harrison-Frank and City Music Foundations, the Echéa Quartet are fortunate to play on a quartet of W.E. Hill & Sons instruments and bows (2019). The quartet has appeared at international festivals such as Ferrandou Musique (France), Festival de los Siete Lagos (Argentina) and West Cork Chamber Music (Ireland). They have also attended a residency at the Banff Centre (2019). The quartet has performed in venues such as the Musikverein (Vienna), Wigmore Hall (London), Philharmonie de Paris and collaborated with Marin Alsop at the World Economic Forum (Switzerland). The quartet was featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, and more recently on CBC National Radio (Canada) as part of their six-week tour of the west coast of North America (2019).

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the quartet were unable to attend IMS Prussia Cove and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. They were,  however, Fellows for the Advanced String Quartet Program at Aspen Summer Music Festival, 2021. The Echéa Quartet’s continued dedication to new music is central to their work. They have commissioned works by UK-based composers, including Louise Drewett, Freya Waley-Cohen and Robert Laidlow. More widely, the quartet have worked closely with Harrison Birtwistle, Andrew Norman and Mark Anthony-Turnage.

Chloé Piano Trio

The Chloé Piano Trio (Maria Gîlicel, Jobine Siekman and George Todica) was formed in  2017 by talented emerging musicians at the Royal College of Music, London. The trio has  performed across the UK and in France, including at London venues, Charlton House,  Royal Academy of Arts, Champs Hill (Sussex), Austrian Cultural Forum, Lichfield  Festival, Banstead Arts Festival and Hargrave Festival, to name a few.

In April 2018 the Chloé Piano Trio, back then known as the Daphnis Trio, was  nominated by the RCM for the Birmingham Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition and  won the Third Prize. The repertoire of the trio ranges from Baroque and Classical  periods to the modern and newly commissioned music. The Chloé Trio is also highly  interested in the performance of works written by female composers, having already  recorded Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio and Lili Boulanger’s D’un Soir Triste and D’un  Matin Du Printemps at Abbey Road Studios.

The ensemble has received tuition from such high profile musicians as Norma Fisher,  Lucy Gould, Richard Lester, Ben Hancox, Mark Messenger, Simon Lepper, Suzie  Meszaros, Leonid Kerbel, and others. Recent concerts were at the Elgar Room (Royal  Albert Hall) and a performance for HRH Prince Charles during his President Visit at the  Royal College of Music.

The ensemble has received tuition from such high profile musicians as Norma Fisher,  Lucy Gould, Richard Lester, Ben Hancox, Mark Messenger, Simon Lepper, Suzie  Meszaros, Leonid Kerbel, and others. Recent concerts were at the Elgar Room (Royal  Albert Hall) and a performance for HRH Prince Charles during his President Visit at the  Royal College of Music.