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Marsyas Trio

Premiere recordings of the captivating, profound music of Elena Firsova... performed with devoted insight and sensitivity by the Marsyas Trio.

Julian Haylock, The Strad

4.5 stars. This disc provides a compelling introduction to a composer whose work should be heard more often…performed with sensitivity and refinement...

Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine

Trio - Piano Trio

Instrumentation

  • Helen Vidovich - flute, alto flute & piccolo
  • Val Welbanks - cello
  • Olga Stezhko - piano

Repertoire

The Marsyas Trio is dedicated to presenting the full breadth of repertoire for our instrumentation, and often collaborates with other instrumentalists and singers to present works with flute, cello and piano at its core. Our programming illuminates forgotten masterpieces while inspiring a generation of new works through commissioning.

SAMPLE PROGRAMMES

"Why No Women Mozarts?": Amy Beach, Hilary Tann, Louise Farrenc, Thea Musgrave, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel

"Echoes of a Distant Land" (with voice): Joseph Haydn, Maurice Ravel, Hilary Tann, Ludwig van Beethoven

"From Ashes to Salvation" (contemporary): Michael Finnissy, Kaija Saariaho, George Crumb, Laura Bowler

Biography

The Marsyas Trio, formed in 2009 by graduates of the Royal Academy of Music, is the UK’s leading flute, cello and piano ensemble. The mythology of Marsyas’ name represents the Trio’s ambition to revive and challenge tradition in chamber music. Inspiring a generation of new works through commissioning initiatives and recording projects, they also bring to the public forgotten music from the Classical & Romantic eras to the present day.

A central tenet of the Marsyas Trio’s activities has been the promotion of works by women composers, both historical and living. The Trio's discography includes A Triple Portrait (Meridian Records 2015), featuring chamber works by the formerly blacklisted Russian émigré Elena Firsova in celebration of her 25 years in the UK, and In the Theatre of Air (NMC Recordings 2018), which debuted at No. 7 on the classical charts, marking the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK.

The ensemble has gratefully received generous support from many organisations including Arts Council England, RVW Trust, PRS Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation, Hope Scott Trust, Marchus Trust, Ambache Charitable Trust, Fidelio Charitable Trust and the Britten-Pears Foundation. The Marsyas Trio’s first North American tour was supported by the HMUK Doing it Differently fund.

The Marsyas Trio’s concert highlights include tours in Europe, China, the USA & Canada, in the West Country for Concerts in the West, and in rural Wales as part of Arts Council Wales’ Night Out scheme, which aims to bring outstanding chamber music to regional audiences. Appearances at UK festivals include the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, St David’s Cathedral Festival, Vale of Glamorgan and Three Choirs Festivals, and Spitalfields Music in the City.

Teaching forms an important part of the Marsyas Trio’s activities; recent work with composers includes workshops and performances at Union College in upstate New York, the London Composer’s Forum, the East Anglian Young Composer Competition, and at Cardiff University in Wales.

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