The 13th International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival opens on Wednesday 5 October at The Shoe Factory with a concert from the internationally acclaimed Fidelio Trio. Praised for their “fine performances… leavened with lyricism and compassion…” the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world.
Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, they broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and they are featured on Sky Arts documentaries. The Fidelios have an impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading composers of our time, and boast a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings. For their Cyprus debut, as part of the Pharos Contemporary Music Festival in Nicosia, the Fidelio Trio will perform works Gabriel Faurè, Sofia Gubaidulina, David Fennessy, and Judith Weir.
“Insistent, motivic reiterations, leavened with lyricism and compassion…given fine performances.” BBC Music Magazine
Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan / violin, Tim Gill / cello, Mary Dullea / piano) are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world; they broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and they are featured on Sky Arts documentaries; they have an impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading composers of our time, and boast a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings.
Since their debut at London’s Southbank Centre, they have regularly appeared at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, at festivals including Spitalfields, Cheltenham, St. Magnus and Huddersfield, while in Ireland, they regularly perform at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Kilkenny Festival and the Belfast Festival. The Fidelio Trio have extensively appeared in important venues and festivals around the world including the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and the Hong Kong Chamber Music Society. They often perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with renowned orchestras, including more recently with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra South Africa and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.
Their extensive discography includes two French albums of Ravel and Saint-Saëns, and Fauré, Chausson and Satie for Resonus Classics; Philip Glass (Head On and Pendulum on Orange Mountain); Korngold and Schönberg (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, Piers Hellawell and Michael Zev Gordon. Recent releases include the premiere recordings on Mode Records of music by Gerald Barry, as well as the chamber music by E J Moeran, which was selected as a Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice. Forthcoming releases include a portrait CD of Ye Xiaogang and Robert Saxton’s recently commissioned piano trio.
Composers that the Trio have premiered music by include Anna Clyne, Robert Saxton, Toshio Hosokawa, Charles Wuorinen, Johannes Maria Staud, Michael Nyman, Gerald Barry, Donnacha Dennehy, Joe Cutler, Ann Cleare, Simon Bainbridge, Judith Weir, Alexander Goehr, David Fennessy and Kevin Volans. The Fidelio Trio have also joined forces with a number of inspirational musicians such as Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Richard Watkins (horn), Joan Rodgers and Patricia Rozario (soprano), Rachel Roberts (viola), and with spoken word, author Alexander McCall Smith, T.S. Eliot prizewinning poet Sinéad Morrissey and actor Adrian Dunbar.
The Fidelio Trio have been artists-in-residence at St. Patrick’s College Dublin City University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the State University of New York, SUNY and Tufts University in Boston. They have given masterclasses at Peabody Conservatory, Curtis Institute, NYU, Central Conservatory Beijing, and Stellenbosch Conservatorium South Africa. They are also Artistic Directors of their annual Winter Chamber Music Festival at Belvedere House, Dublin City University.
David Fennessy (b. 1976)
Piano Trio No.2, In Memoriam Spencer Boney (2021)
Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931)
Chaconne for piano (1963)
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Piano Trio Op.120 (1923)
Judith Weir (b.1954)
Piano Trio Two (2004)