The Trio Turner (France)

The Trio Turner (France)

Classical Tour Philippe Pierlot, flute, Sabine Toutain, viola, Isabelle Perrin harp

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Founded by French harpist Isabelle Perrin in 1990, the Trio Turner comes close to defining the elusive beauty of French chamber music—sensual, light, full of melody and, more often than not, just a little quirky.  Comprising Philippe Pierlot (flute), Sabine Toutain (viola) and Isabelle Perrin, the Trio Turner make their Irish début performing in eleven venues around Ireland from November 18-28, as part of Music Network’s 2004 Autumn Season.  The concert programme will include Ravel’s Sonatine en Trio, Natra’s Commentaires Sentimentaux, Jolivet’s Pastorales de Noël, Deux Interludes by Ibert, Fantaisie pour flûte et harpe by Saint-Saëns and Debussy’s Sonate. This tour is presented with kind assistance from the Embassy of France, Cultural Section, and Association Français d’Action Artistique.

Having studied with Joseph Rampal and Jean-Pierre Rampal, Philippe Pierlot (flute) was awarded first prizes for flute and chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire.  He also won first prize at the International Competition in Barcelona and in 1976 he joined the Orchestre National de France where he is now first flautist and soloist.  Since then, he has given concerts and recitals in France and abroad, both as a soloist and with orchestras such as Orchestre National de France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre Lamoureux in France and with the Heilbronne Chamber Orchestra (Germany), Frisk Orkest (Netherlands), and with the Symphony Orchestras in Stavanger (Norway), San Sebastian (Spain) and Krakow (Poland). 

Sabine Toutain (viola) entered the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) in 1982 where she studied with Serge Collot, graduating with first prizes for viola and chamber music in 1984.  She completed postgraduate studies before winning the Prix de Suisse in Geneva in 1987 and second prize and the prix Jacques Murgier at Reims in 1988.  That led her to appearances at major venues in Paris and abroad, both as a soloist and a chamber musician.  She has also taken part in several festivals and has given the first performances of many works, including Episode 6 by Betsy Jolas.  In 1990, Sabine Toutain became first viola and soloist with the Orchestre National de France.  She also teaches the viola and chamber music at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris.

Isabelle Perrin (harp) gave her first recital at the age of seventeen.  She studied for three years at the Juilliard School in New York before joining the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.  On her return to France, she was chosen by the Jeunesses Musicales de France to present recitals throughout France for three years, thus introducing the harp to a wider public.  In 1990, she was named co-principal with Orchestre National de France and a participating soloist by the Menuhin Foundation.  She is also a prize winner of the Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Rome. An international soloist, Isabelle is regularly invited to play with many prestigious orchestras such as the Northwest Sinfonietta (Seattle, USA), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France. 

On Tour: Thurs 18 Nov Bangor (North Down Heritage Centre, 8pm), Fri 19 Nov Lisburn (Island Arts Centre, 8pm), Sat 20 Nov Downpatrick (Down Arts Centre, 8pm), Sun 21 Nov Portstewart (Flowerfield Arts Centre, 8pm) Mon 22 Nov Clifden (Church of Ireland, 8pm), Tues 23 Navan (St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, 8pm), Wed 24 Nov Monaghan (Market House, 9pm), Thurs 25 Nov Waterford (City Hall, 8pm), Fri 26 Nov Limerick (Georgian House & Garden, Pery Square, 8pm), Sat 27 Nov Dublin (St. Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Sun 28 Nov Tinahely (Courthouse Arts Centre, 4pm)

"Marvellously sensitive, uncommonly assured performances of some ravishing repertoire."

- Gramophone