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'The ancient Greek story of Daphnis and Chloe undergoes an exciting re-interpretation in a music and dance programme premièring in London' - Culture Whisper

'On Tuesday 7 March 2017, we had a preview of the Minerva Piano Trio's forthcoming concert at St John's Smith Square.  The concert features the premiere of Scenes from Daphnis and Chloe a new transcription by David Knotts for piano trio of scenes from Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe which will be played by the Minerva Piano Trio (Annie Yim, Michal Cwizewicz, Richard Birchall) with new choreography by Patricia Okenwa danced by Estela Merlos and Thomas Gulgec... Annie Yim and Patricia Okenwa talked about the genesis of the work with Paul Hoskins, music director of Rambert, and we saw Estela Merlos and Thomas Gulgec performing the piece with the Minerva Piano Trio' - Planet Hugill


BBC RADIO 3 INTERVIEW & PERFORMANCE

Join the Minerva Piano Trio on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on Friday 21 October for their interview with host Sean Rafferty plus performance of music by Brahms, Schumann, and Richard Birchall.  Click on below image to access and listen to the programme (available for 30 days).


MINERVA PIANO TRIO: BRAHMS WORKSHOP 

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 10.30am (note: new date)


MINERVA PIANO TRIO AT ST. JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE 2016/17

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The Minerva Piano Trio are delighted to be selected as Young Artists in residence 2016/17 by St. John’s Smith Square.  The Trio are delighted to take up this exciting residency at the much-loved concert hall in Westminster, Central London from September 2016.  Please click here for our Press Release.  For more information about St. John’s Smith Square and to book tickets please visit: sjss.org.uk.


Wednesday 23 OctOBER 2016, 3pm

The Genesis of Minerva: Schumann and the Young Brahms

After Robert Schumann declared the young Brahms as a composer ‘fully formed like Minerva’, Brahms responded with the original version of his Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8 in 1854, aged 20.  The Trio's revival of this rarely performed work reflects long-term research through a new interpretation. Cellist and composer Richard Birchall’s Contours is his first work for the Trio.

Schumann Piano Trio in D minor Op. 63
Richard Birchall Contours
Brahms Piano Trio in B major Op. 8a (original version)

St. John’s Smith Square Young Artists Series 2016/17


Thursday 9 March 2017, 7.30pm

Dance and Poetic Fantasy

Choreographer: Patricia Okenwa

Dancers: Estela Merlos, Thomasin Gülgeç 

Inspired by dance and poetic fantasy, the Minerva Piano Trio reimagine Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloe – the legendary Ballets Russes commission – for the concert stage, transcribed for piano trio, plus new dance choreography by Patricia Okenwa, commissioned in association with MusicArt London.  Programme includes works by Mozart, Ravel, and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Mozart Piano Trio in B-flat major, K. 502

Ravel transcr. David Knotts Scenes from Daphnis and Chloe, transcribed for piano trio with dance choreography (World Premiere)

Cheryl Frances-Hoad My Fleeting Angel

Ravel Piano Trio

St. John’s Smith Square Young Artists Series 2016/17

 


Thursday 1 June 2017 1.05pm

Haunting Visions

From the foreboding sounds of Shostakovich’s early piano trio to Gavin Higgins’ The Ruins of Detroit inspired by the powerful photography of the eponymous artwork, this concert invites the listener to enter a visual world.  The slow movement of Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio suggests Hamlet’s ghost, an enduringly haunting vision.  

Shostakovich Piano Trio in C minor Op. 8

Gavin Higgins The Ruins of Detroit

Beethoven Piano Trio in D major Op. 70 No. 1 ‘Ghost’

St. John’s Smith Square Young Artists Series 2016/17


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