Gould Piano Trio
Lucy Gould, violin, Richard Lester, cello, Benjamin Frith, piano
The Gould Piano Trio, directly compared to the great Beaux Arts Trio for their “musical fire” and “dedication to the genre” in the Washington Post, have remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for a quarter of a Century.
Launched by their first prize at the Melbourne Chamber Music Competition, they were “Rising Stars”, making a highly successful debut at New York’s Weill Recital Hall, described by Strad Magazine as “Pure Gould.”
Their many appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall have included the complete piano trios of Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Schubert - plus in the 2017-18 season, a Beethoven cycle, to celebrate 25 years since their first appearance at this iconic venue.
Commissioning and performing new works is an important part of the trio’s philosophy of staying creative and freshly inspired. Sir James MacMillan’s 2nd Piano Trio was written for them in 2014 and premiered at the Bath International Festival that season. 2017 featured the Goulds in the Hull “City of Culture” celebration, performing former BBC Young Musician, Mark Simpson’s “After Avedon” as part of the PRS “New Music Biennial.”
Their annual Corbridge Chamber Music Festival, with Robert Plane, 20th Anniversary was celebrated with a commission from Huw Watkins, his ‘Four Fables’, for Clarinet and Piano Trio, the ensemble made famous by Messiaen in his ‘Quartet for the End of Time’- also part of their discography with Plane.
Their extensive tours of N. America, the Far East, New Zealand, and Europe are interspersed with masterclasses to nurture the next generation, for instance at the Britten- Pears Young Artist Programme, at Snape and Darlington Summer School.
In addition to their highly praised recordings of the standard works, the trio have thrown light on neglected gems from the late romantic British repertoire for Naxos and Chandos, including C.V. Stanford’s and John Ireland’s piano trios, plus works by Bax, Milford, York Bowen and Cyril Scott. Just released is a recording of Northumbrian composer, John Casken’s piano trio, with his ‘Shadowed Pieces’ for violin and piano, included on the new recording, ‘Stolen Airs’. Future plans include a new recording on Resonus Classics of American twentieth Century works- the somewhat French inspired piano trios of Amy Beach and Rebecca Clarke together with that of Charles Ives’ vivid but sometimes distorted reimagining of his own east coast popular culture.
The Gould’s festival appearances in 2020 include ‘Fables and Fugues’ at Lake District Summer Music in August, a presentation for piano trio, clarinet and solo dancer( Kenji Wilkie), combining a choreographed performance of Huw Watkins ‘Four Fables’, interspersed with Bach’s ‘Art of Fugue.’The trio begin 2020 with a tour of America’s north west coast.