The Minerva Piano Trio have established themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting young trios whose playing has been described as “wonderfully rich, thunderous, and lyrical” (Classic FM). They are known for their innovative approach in programming, from collaborating with dance and combining art forms such as photography to championing leading young composers by commissioning new works. They have recently been chosen as Making Music UK Selected Artists 2018 and St John’s Smith Square Young Artists in residence 2016/17. Having made their debut at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room in 2014 as Park Lane Group Young Artists, the Trio have broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Acclaimed for their performances of the richly varied traditional repertoire, the Trio are equally passionate about reviving important but rarely performed works. Through workshops and pre-concert talks, they share their passions for historical research, new music, and creative collaborations. The Trio have worked closely with contemporary composers including Roxanna Panufnik, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gavin Higgins, and David Knotts. They have received coaching from Gordon Back, members of the former Florestan Trio, and Gabor Takacs-Nagy.
Violinist Michal Cwizewicz has given concerts across Europe, the Middle-East and USA, and his playing has been broadcast on BBC television and Radio and Polish national television. He performs frequently in the violin duo Cwizewicz Brothers, directs the Ognisko Chamber Ensemble and is the concertmaster of the Górecki Chamber Orchestra. Numerous awards enabled his studies at the Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Paris Conservatoire, the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid and with celebrated musicians Itzhak Rashkovsky, Krzysztof Smietana and members of the Ysaÿe and Alban Berg Quartets. Before completing his postgraduate studies in music Michal read aeronautics, receiving his Masters in Engineering from Imperial College in 2007. He performs on a 1731 Nicolò Gagliano violin kindly on loan from a private collection. He has been teaching at the Royal College of Music since 2012.
Cellist Richard Birchall read Music at Cambridge University (studying composition with Giles Swayne) and then studied as a postgraduate cellist at the Guildhall School of Music, under Louise Hopkins. He has been a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 2011. Richard’s solo and chamber work has ranged from the Wigmore Hall to the catwalk at London Fashion Week. Recent composition projects have included a cello concerto Labyrinth, Perhaps for soprano and orchestra; Hands for string quartet; Abstracts for solo piano; and two story pieces Alice in Wonderland & The Wind in the Willows for eight cellos and narrator, recorded and released by Cellophony Cello Octet with Simon Callow. Richard has served as Deputy Chairman of the Philharmonia, the Artistic Committee of the Park Lane Group, and currently sits on the Advisory Board of MusicArt London.
Pianist Annie Yim performs throughout the UK, Europe and Canada. Her playing has been acclaimed as ‘the most beautiful sounds, radiantly coloured, thoughtfully articulated’ (The Times) with a wide-ranging repertoire that encompasses canonic works and new music. She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, as well as national radios in Canada and Portugal. Passionate about collaborations and commissioning new works across art forms, Annie founded MusicArt London, an initiative that creates tailored performances at art galleries across London and internationally. Born in Hong Kong and grew up in Vancouver, Annie completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the University of British Columbia while studying with Robert Silverman. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and completed her performance-based research on Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms at the Guildhall School of Music with Joan Havill and City University London with Christopher Wiley.
"Wonderfully rich, thunderous and lyrical Brahms from Minerva Piano Trio!"
“Immaculate technique in what was clearly often difficult territory…A high degree of maturity, concentration, commitment and energy”
“How lucky modern-day composers are to have such expert and sympathetic advocates”
“The most beautiful sounds”