Winner of the 2017 Parkhouse Award, Trio Sōra are excited about their return visit to Wigmore Hall which for them, and many others, is the foremost chamber music venue in the world.

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TRIO SŌRA – Pauline Chenais, piano; Madgalēna Geka, violin; Angèle Legasa, cello

The Parkhouse Award is for chamber ensembles of piano with strings.

Their programme starts with Haydn, the father of the piano trio, elegantly sweet and at times tempestuous, continues with Ravel’s piano trio that reflects his love for the Basque country so close to Trio Sōra’s heart, and ends with Mendelssohn’s second piano trio which is another of their favourite pieces and the one they’ve performed most since their formation in 2015.

Trio Sōra’s performances and inventive programming are inspired by the diverse cultural heritage of its members – France, Italy, Latvia and the Basque country. Having met at the Paris Conservatoire, in 2015 they discovered and developed a shared passion for chamber music which has resulted in their unique interpretations.

Having won several awards at international competitions, including the Parkhouse Award, they were appointed Lauréat HSBC 2017 at the Festival d’Aix. They have performed at such venues as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Auditorium du Louvre and London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre in addition to festivals such as La Folle Journée de Nantes, the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix en Provence and the Verbier Festival.

Always concerned to enrich their artistic experience, the musicians of Trio Sōra regularly work with masters such as Mathieu Herzog, Menahem Pressler, Quatuor Ebène and Quatuor Artemis. This year they took part in the Verbier Festival Academy where they worked with Sir András Schiff who has invited them to a masterclass with him in the Beethovenhaus in Bonn and to the Davos Festival in Switzerland.

Trio Sōra is grateful for support from the Fondation Safran pour la Musique, ADAMI, Fondation Meyer and Fondation Baillet-Latour/Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. Magdalēna Geka plays a Giuseppe Guarneri 1697 violin, and Angèle Legasa a Giulio Cesare Gigli 1767 cello, both instruments kindly loaned by the Fondation Boubo-Music (Switzerland).

Trio Sōra - Haydn, Ravel and Mendelssohn

Sunday 14 October 7.30pm

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