“The Trio sounded as if they’d been playing together all their lives as they delivered a virtuosic performance.” – The Oxford Times
The Phoenix Piano Trio, formed in 2010, has quickly established itself as one of today’s leading ensembles.
Formed by three renowned musicians – all colleagues and friends of long standing, the Phoenix Trio’s highly successful debut season in 2011 included over twenty concerts across the UK as part of their “Beyond Beethoven” cycle, performing all of Beethoven’s works for Piano Trio. The concerts drew universal high praise for their warmth, flair and precision, with the Oxford Times declaring they had “a common approach to the music… a well-rounded concert from three consummate musicians.” They are also advocates of new music, so far having commissioned new works by five British composers to accompany their Beyond Beethoven project, supported by the RVW Trust.
2012 saw their debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall with a programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of the death of composer John Ireland, generously supported by the John Ireland Trust. They also released their first CD; a live recording of Beethoven’s works including the “Archduke” trio and the trio in E flat, Op. 70 no. 2.
With the Doric Quartet, Jonathan Stone plays regularly at major festivals and venues throughout the UK as well as abroad in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. In 2009, Jonathan gave recitals with Sholto Kynoch in London and Oxford as part of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonata series. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Bedford Chamber Music Festival and teaches the violin and viola at Brunel University. In 2003, Jonathan was awarded a scholarship to study with Howard Davis at the Royal Academy of Music where he received the DM Lloyd, Paton and DipRAM awards.
Described by The Guardian as ‘powerfully eloquent’ and The Strad as ‘a cellist who can hold a stage and captivate an audience’, Marie Macleod performs at concert venues across Europe, the USA and Australia. She won the string section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Royal Over-Seas League and the Suggia Gift for Cello. With the Aronowitz Ensemble, Marie is a BBC New Generation Artist, performing at the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Bath Festivals and on BBC Radio 3. With the Lendvai String Trio, Marie has appeared at the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican, St John’s Smith Square and King’s Place, London.
Sholto Kynoch’s recent highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms, Berliner Konzerthaus, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, St Endellion Festival, Cambridge Summer Music, Perth Festival, Brasov International Chamber Music Festival in Romania and many others. In 2010 his debut CD was released with violinist Kaoru Yamada, featuring Messiaen, Schoenberg and Schubert. Sholto is the founder and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, where he has accompanied over 50 recitals with Kate Royal, James Gilchrist, Ian Partridge, Mark Stone, Jonathan Lemalu, Henry Herford and others.