The Marsyas Trio is a London-based flute-cello-piano ensemble performing internationally since 2009. Flautist Helen Vidovich, cellist Valerie Welbanks and pianist Fei Ren are Royal Academy of Music graduates. The ensemble has been generously supported by Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, the Britten-Pears Foundation, Ambache Charitable Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation and the RVW Trust. The Trio has appeared on Bulgarian National Television and Classic FM and received broadcasts which include National Radio in Bulgaria and the Netherlands. Past performances include tours in China and the UK West Country tour (Concerts in the West), National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, Lake District Summer Music Festival, Holywell Music Room (Oxford Chamber Music Society),St John’s Smith Square, Reform Club, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Forge, National Portrait Gallery, St James' Piccadilly and a residency with the Two Moors Festival.
The ensemble’s core repertoire includes works by Haydn, Martinu, Weber, Mendelssohn and Crumb as well as lesser-known music by Gaubert, Goossens and Clementi. Dedicated to music from all eras, the Trio is also proactive in the performance of new music, with an aim to inspire a generation of new works for this chamber ensemble through working with living composers. Previous commissions include works by Russian émigré composer Elena Firsova and more recently from the British composer Laura Bowler, premiered as part of a collaborative cross-arts project at the 2014 Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre. Currently underway is a commission from Welsh composer Hilary Tann, to be premiered at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in May 2017.
The Marsyas Trio has previously undertaken studies as part of the Chamber Studio at King's Place, as well as courses at the Lake District Summer Academy. Other coaching has been taken with members of the Chilingirian and Skampa Quartets, and with chamber musicians Carol Presland, Chris Elton and Michael Cox. In May 2015 the Marsyas Trio’s debut CD was released by Meridian Records.
Marsyas Trio recordings, videos, reviews and concert listings can be found on their website at www.marsyastrio.com and can be contacted through the Contact Us page on this site.
"4.5 stars...Firsova's introspective chamber music performed with sensitivity and refinement...The Marsyas Trio's playing is refined; Vidovich's flute playing languid and sinuous..." Full Article
Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine, Jun 2016
Julian Haylock, The Strad, Jan 2016
“It is Baudelaire rather than Mandelstam whom Firsova evokes with her most direct tribute to the admirable Marsyas Trio, A Triple Portrait ...At a time when modernism is slowly fading away…Firsova’s music makes a plausible case for such deeper, darker echoes.” Full Article Page 1 Page 2
Arnold Whittall, Tempo Cambridge University Press journal, Jan 2016
“This is an exciting new release with impressive works that are full of expression, emotion, passion, poetry and not a little virtuosity…fine work that receives a first class performance from this ensemble.” Full Article
Bruce Reader, The Classical Reviewer, Sept 2015
“The Marsyas Trio and their guests…give superb performances of often difficult music. A highly recommended disc for anyone interested in a distinctive voice in contemporary music.” Full Article
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill, Nov 2015
“Performances and recording are excellent throughout. Despite the unusual combination of instruments, the players work closely together and always produce a unified tone…This disc provides an excellent introduction to the music of Elena Firsova.” Full Article
Gavin Dixon, Music Fanfare, issue 39:1 (Sept/Oct 2015)
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