‘The Leonores play with truly glorious affection and security, and it is hard to imagine playing of a greater empathy.’ (Gramophone ‘Choice’)
Formed in 2012, the Leonore Trio brings together three internationally acclaimed artists whose piano trio performances as part of Ensemble 360 were met with such enthusiastic responses that they decided to form a piano trio in its own right.
The Trio has since given concerts throughout the UK, Italy and in New Zealand. Whilst in New Zealand they played to and coached a group of young musicians as part of the Sistema Aotearoa programme, and were adjudicators of the Royal Over-Seas League New Zealand Chamber Music Competition. Their concert in Hamilton was broadcast on Radio New Zealand. Recent highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, at the Stamford Arts Centre and at the Presteigne and Little Missenden Festivals, as well as the release of the Trio’s debut recording for Hyperion of the piano trios of Anton Arensky in March 2014.
The disc received critical acclaim both nationally and internationally with praise for the Trio’s "revelatory playing" (The Observer) and “impressively wide range of timbres” (Limelight Magazine). The Leonore Trio’s members are keen exponents of contemporary music: they gave the first performance of Holkham Beach, a piece written for and dedicated to the Trio by Simon Rowland-Jones; and they play the piano trios of distinguished composers including David Matthews, Harrison Birtwistle and Huw Watkins.
In 2015, the Trio performs the complete Beethoven Piano Trios at Kings Place and embarks on an even broader project including all the works by Beethoven for piano trio, piano and violin, and piano and cello, a selection of which they will perform in a series of six concerts as part of a Martin Randall weekend in Taunton.
The Trio will play the complete cycle for Music in the Round in Sheffield later in the year. Future highlights also include UK recitals in London, Nottingham, Norwich and Leicester at venues including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, and the Crucible Studio in Sheffield; and international dates at Bergen International Festival and at Oslo Concert Hall.
The Leonore Trio’s second disc for Hyperion will be a recording of Lalo’s piano trios.