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Trinity Laban presents

Lunchtime Recital: Waldstein Piano Trio

Greta Papa - violin, Miguel Ángel Villeda - cello, Christos Fountos – piano

Thu 28 Mar 2024

The Waldstein Piano Trio achieved significant early success as the only London College prize winners at the CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition at Wigmore Hall in 2022. The following year they won the 1st Prize at the “4th Vienna International Music Competition”, leading to a performance in the Musikverein-Brahms Saal, Vienna; followed immediately by an invitation to take part in the prestigious Evolution Chamber Music Course in the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity in Canada.

On their return to London, they won the first Prize in the “Medici International Music Competition”, the Gold Prize and the Special Award for Best Professional Chamber Ensemble in the “Amadeus International Music Awards” as well as the Second Prize in the “Fanny Mendelssohn International Competition” after which they were offered the Carne Trust Fellowship in Chamber Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance. The Waldstein Trio was formed in early 2022 while the three members were studying at Trinity Laban in London with full scholarships. The Trio is fortunate to be receiving continuous support from both the college and their donor Philip Carne MBE. It is through their invaluable generosity that the Trio can still work towards achieving its goals.

The members of the Trio are very keen to perform not only the standard repertoire for piano trio but also to premiere new music: most recently collaborations with three living composers Sem Hak (Netherlands), Valentina Ciardelli (Italy) and Alice Conrad (Canada). Recent performances include the Brahms Piano Quartets in Malta, the Shostakovich and Mendelssohn Trios in Canada and Cyprus, concerts with cellist Raphael Wallfisch, a cycle of Shostakovich Chamber Works and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time in London. Future performances of the trio include concerts in Mexico, Austria and Manchester, England as well as performing independently as soloists with orchestras in the UK. The members of the trio would like to express their immense gratitude to Trinity Laban’s Heads and Faculty, to Philip Carne MBE, to Jonathan and Teresa Sumption, to Elizabeth Lloyd-Davies and the Leventis Foundation.