odysseus piano trio
7.30pm Saturday, 6 May 2017
Sara Trickey violin
Benjamin Hughes cello
Clare Hammond piano
Formed in 2015, the Odysseus Piano Trio is developing a reputation as one of the most dynamic and distinctive ensembles to emerge in recent years. Comprising three musicians with very different interests, the trio brings a fresh perspective to core works of the repertoire while championing lesser known pieces.
Pianist Clare Hammond won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist’ Award for 2015, has released three internationally acclaimed discs for BIS Records and appeared as the young Miss Shepherd in the Alan Bennett ﬁlm adaptation ‘The Lady in the Van’. Violinist Sara Trickey has been praised by The Strad for her “ﬁery and passionate” performance style, recently made world-premiere recordings of William Mathias for Naxos, and has a long-term collaborative relationship with composer David Matthews. Composer-cellist Gregor Riddell straddles the worlds of classical music and electronics, has recently performed a double cello concerto of his own composition in La Paz, Bolivia and is currently setting up an Oslo-based digital radio station.
Keen communicators, the trio have developed a three-concert ‘Introduction to the Piano Trio’ in collaboration with music historian and presenter Dr Katy Hamilton. They regularly lead masterclasses, give children’s concerts and present interactive workshops for schools that include singing, dancing and body percussion!
Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’). She recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Young Artist Award', in recognition of outstanding achievements in 2015.
Over the past year Clare has performed at the Barbican Hall, where The Guardian described her as a "dazzling athlete", and has recorded discs for Sony, BIS and Signum. In 2014, she gave debut performances at 7 festivals across Europe, including the ‘Chopin and his Europe Festival’ in Warsaw. Highlights in 2016 included her Royal Festival Hall debut with the Philharmonia, a series of concerts at the Belfast International Arts Festival for BBC Radio 3, and a concerto tour of Poland, that included a newly discovered work by Josef Myslivecek.
Sara Trickey is well established as one of the foremost violinists and chamber musicians of her generation, acclaimed for her ‘ﬁery and passionate’ performance style (The Strad). Leader of the Bronte string quartet for 6 years, she now has a busy career as a soloist and freelance chamber musician and is currently a Recommended Artist for Making Music with the pianist Daniel Tong. Her work has taken her to all the major UK concert venues, and she has been the featured violinist at the Presteigne Festival several times.
Sara has made concerto appearances with the City of London Sinfonia, the Orchestra of St Johns, the Welsh Sinfonia, Presteigne Festival Orchestra and many others. Recent recordings include the complete violin sonatas by William Mathias, a world premiere recording for Naxos, and a disc of Schubert violin and piano music for the Champs Hill Music label. Sara’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Welsh television.
Benjamin Hughes is in great demand as a chamber musician and performs regularly with the Fibonacci Sequence at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Conway Hall, the Holywell Rooms in Oxford and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Australia. He has recorded works by Messiaen, Schubert, Elgar and Brahms with the Fibonacci Sequence for Deux Elles and Dutton. He appears regularly on BBC Radio and Television as a soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and recently performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations live on BBC Radio 3.
As Guest Principal Cellist, Benjamin has worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Lorin Maazel, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Giovanni Antonini, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles and Ilan Volkov, as well as Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Opera, Opera North and Britten Sinfonia. He was a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 2006 to 2007 and worked with many of the world’s leading conductors in Britain and abroad touring Europe, Mexico, Japan and China. Benjamin took up the post of Principal Cello of the BBC Concert Orchestra in September 2007.
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