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Fidelio Trio. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.

FIDELIO TRIO: COMMISSIONS

12.30pm (50 mins), ​Friday 02 March
Kevin Barry Room 2​

The Fidelio Trio, enthusiastic champions of the intimate and versatile piano trio line-up (violin, cello and piano) bring together an impressive list of recently-commissioned music in a lunchtime performance by an eclectic range of composers including Ann Cleare, Joe Cutler, Donnacha Dennehy and Robert Fokkens.

The Fidelio Trio… faithful to the spirit and transfigurative beauty of the music

The Guardian

a dazzling performance.…the arrangement here simply glowed

Sunday Business Post

Fidelio Trio. Photo by Noirin O’Sullivan-Moloney. Fidelio Trio.Photo by Noirin O’Sullivan-Moloney.

Get some lunch time brain-and-heart stimulation as Darragh Morgan (violin), Adi Tal ('cello) and Mary Dullea (piano) present a snapshot of new music commissioned by them. Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio perform the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world, are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and feature in several Sky Arts documentaries.

 

Composed by

Ann Cleare, 93 Million Miles

Composed by

Donnacha Dennehy, Bulb

Composed by

Joe Cutler, McNulty

Composed by

Robert Fokkens, Mammals of Southern Africa

'The virtuosic Fidelio Trio' (Sunday Times) are Darragh Morgan, violin, Adi Tal, cello and Mary Dullea, piano. Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world; they are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and featured on Sky Arts documentaries; they have an impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading and newest composers and have a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings.

Since their debut at London’s Southbank Centre, they have appeared at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, at festivals from Brighton and Cheltenham to St. Magnus, and from Gregynog to Huddersfield. They regularly perform at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Kilkenny Festival and Belfast Festival at Queens as well as overseas in Shanghai, Porto, Paris, Venice, Florence, Johannesburg, New York City, Princeton, San Francisco and Boston.

Their extensive discography includes Ravel and Saint-Saëns for Resonus Classics; Philip Glass Head On; Korngold and Schoenberg (Verklärte Nacht arr. Steuermann) for Naxos; the complete Michael Nyman Piano Trios for MN Records; multiple releases on NMC, Delphian Records including portrait CDs for composers such as Luke Bedford and Michael Zev Gordon. Their recent release of French Piano Trios for Resonus was a Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice.

Keen to ensure the future development of the piano trio, The Fidelio Trio work closely with composition and performance students at institutions across the UK and all over the world including the Peabody Conservatory, Curtis Institute, NYU, NAFA Singapore, and Stellenbosch Conservatorium South Africa. They have been artists-in-residence at St. Patrick’s College Dublin City University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the State University of New York, SUNY.

The Fidelio Trio are constantly commissioning new works, giving first performances and, importantly, further performances to introduce them into the repertory. Composers that the Trio have worked closely with include Toshio Hosokawa, Charles Wuorinen, Johannes Maria Staud, Michael Nyman, Gerald Barry, Donnacha Dennehy, Joe Cutler, Evan Ziporyn, Simon Bainbridge, Judith Weir … to name but a few.

Inspirational musicians The Fidelio Trio have collaborated with include Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Richard Watkins (horn), Joan Rodgers and Patricia Rozario (soprano), Rachel Roberts (viola), and with spoken word author Alexander McCall Smith and T.S. Eliot prizewinning poet Sinéad Morrissey.

2017 saw tours of USA, South Africa, Zimbabwe and China, and many festival appearances including a Schubert cycle at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Collaborations included new piano trio commissions from Kevin Volans and Alexander Goehr and a world premiere recording of two works by Philip Glass for his label Orange Mountain. This year they continue their residency at the National Concert Hall in Dublin; a further tour of China and recordings of Gerald Barry's Chamber Music for Mode Records and a second instalment of French Piano Trios (Chausson, Fauré and Satie) for Resonus Classics.

They are Artistic Directors of their annual Winter Chamber Music Festival at Belvedere House, Dublin City University and continue to be passionate in their advocacy for the piano trio across the world.

Media Credits

Header: Fidelio Trio. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.
Overview images:
Fidelio Trio. Photo by Noirin O’Sullivan-Moloney.
Fidelio Trio.Photo by Noirin O’Sullivan-Moloney.

Donnacha Dennehy 'Bulb' performed by Fidelio Trio

Gramophone

Read a review of the Fidelo Trio Ravel. Saint-Saëns Piano Trios from Gramaphone Magazine

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