Sulki Yu, violin, Pei-Jee Ng, cello, Chiao-Ying Chang, piano
The Fournier Trio won the Parkhouse Award in the 2013 competition, where they performed music from piano trios by Brahms and Shostakovich
Formed in 2009, the London-based Fournier Piano Trio is rapidly emerging as one of the leading young piano trios. Winners of the 2013 Parkhouse Award they were awarded both 2nd Prize and Audience Prize at the 6th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2011. The trio has made critically acclaimed debuts at both the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall in London and in 2011 embarked on it’s first European Tour after their selection for “New Masters on Tour” at the International Holland Music Sessions, the tour culminated in their debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
During the 2012 season the trio made appearances at the Bath International Music Festival, Newbury Spring Festival and Chichester Festivities and they toured Scotland extensively as part of their Tunnell Trust Award. In 2013 they make an appearance at the Devizes Festival and tour Asia with concerts in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. This includes a visit to Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory to give masterclasses and perform in the “Ones to Watch” series.
David Takeno has been a continuous influence on the trio’s development since the formation of the ensemble. During the Trio’s early 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. Since 2011 the Fournier Trio have been “Artist-in-Residence” at Wolfson College, University of Oxford where they continue to perform recitals and conduct masterclasses.
In addition to their recital performances throughout the UK, the trio have 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. The Trio are passionate about contemporary music and have worked with leading British composers Gary Carpenter, Hugh Wood, Timothy Salter and Daniel Kidane to expand the piano trio repertoire. The Trio plans to record their debut album later this year for USK Recordings, the disc will include Timothy Salter’s Piano Trio along side the Faure and Ravel Trios.
They have participated in masterclasses by Martin Lovett, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Susan Tomes, Leif Ove Andsnes, Ralph Kirshbaum and Daniel Hope. The Fournier Trio are grateful to the Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group and Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF for their support.
The Parkhouse Award is supported by The Tertis Foundation and The Adrian Swire Charitable Trust.
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