Admission Price: Free to attend; please reserve a place
Selected as St John’s Smith Square Young Artists in Residence 2016/17, the Minerva Piano Trio will perform an all Ravel concert, including a beautiful new arrangement of scenes from Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloe together with his Piano Trio in A minor.
Maurice Ravel arr. David Knotts, Scenes from Daphnis and Chloe (1909-1912/2017)
Maurice Ravel, Trio in A minor (1914)
The Minerva Piano Trio have established themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting young trios. As part of their year-long Young Artist residency at St John’s Smith Square during the 2016/17 season, they have presented an innovative series of concerts, joining forces with a new generation of composers and collaborating with different art forms, including dance. Through workshops and pre-concert talks, they share their passions for historical research, new music, and creative collaborations. 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. Their performances have been described as ‘the most beautiful sounds’ (The Times), and ‘splendid renditions’ (Classical Source). They have worked closely with contemporary composers including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Roxanna Panufnik, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gavin Higgins, and David Knotts. The Trio have received coaching from Gordon Back, members of the former Florestan Trio, and Gabor Takacs-Nagy.
Violinist Michal Cwizewicz directs the Ognisko Chamber Ensemble and is the concertmaster of the Górecki Chamber Orchestra. He studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky, Krzysztof Smietana and members of the Ysaÿe and Alban Berg Quartets. He has been teaching at the Royal College of Music since 2012. Cellist Richard Birchall read Music at Cambridge University before studying at the Guildhall School of Music under Louise Hopkins. He has been a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 2011. He also directs Cellophony cello octet and works as a composer and arranger. Pianist Annie Yim was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Vancouver. Based in London, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance and musicology, having studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Joan Havill and at City University London with Christopher Wiley. She is founder of MusicArt London.