The Trio has toured in Europe and China, and performed recently at the Vale of Glamorgan and Three Choirs Festivals, Spitalfields Music in the City, St John’s Smith Square and the Holywell Music Room (Oxford Chamber Music Society). Their concert in Switzerland at the Société de Musique Contemporaine Lausanne, was broadcast on the Swiss Radio station RTS Espace 2. They have performed live on BBC Radio 3 “In Tune”, Classic FM Bulgaria, and Bulgarian National Television. The Trio’s CD, A Triple Portrait (Meridian Records 2015) received airtime on European radio and reviews internationally, including Cambridge Music Journal Tempo, The Strad, and Australia’s Limelight magazine. The trio performs in rural Wales as part of the Arts Council of Wales’ Night Out scheme. The ensemble was joined in October 2017 by award-winning pianist Olga Stezhko, and also works with guest pianist Zubin Kanga, internationally acclaimed as a leading exponent of contemporary music. The Marsyas Trio has generously been funded twice by the RVW Trust, the PRS Foundation (Open Fund & Women Make Music award), Ambache Charitable Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation, Fidelio Charitable Trust, Britten-Pears Foundation and Arts Council England.
The Marsyas Trio’s latest CD, In the Theatre of Air, released in October 2018 on the NMC label, has already garnered attention. Having debuted at No. 7 on the classical charts, the disc featured in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine (4-stars) and in the Sunday Times’ Culture Magazine: The Week’s Essential New Releases. The Trio has worked with many of Britain’s leading composers, including Michael Finnissy, Judith Weir and Elena Firsova. Upcoming concerts in 2019 include a North American tour, supported by HMUK, and the St David’s Cathedral Festival.
The ensemble takes its name from Greek mythology – inspired by the bold, spirited passion of Marsyas, the celebrated pipe-playing satyr who dared challenge Apollo in a musical contest. www.marsyastrio.com
"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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