The Leopold String Trio (Norway/UK)Classical Tour Marianne Thorsen, violin Scott Dickinson, viola Kate Gould, cello
The Leopold String Trio took the chamber music scene by storm in 1999 with its dèbut recordings of the Beethoven String Trios. Since then, the buzz around this Norwegian-British ensemble has snowballed into a truly formidable reputation, built on critically-acclaimed CD releases and a succession of outstanding début recitals in major venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Philharmonie Köln. Comprising Marianne Thorsen (violin), Scott Dickinson (viola) and Kate Gould (cello), the Leopold String Trio will perform in Ireland from February 3 – 13, 2004 as part of Music Network’s 2004 Spring Season. The programme will include Weiner’s String Trio in G minor, Op. 6, Beethoven’s Serenade in D major, Op. 8 and String Trio by Irish composer Kevin O’Connell.
Formed in 1991 the Trio are now frequent visitors to the UK’s major venues and festivals. During the last year they have appeared at the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh Festivals and the Wigmore Hall. Selected for the inaugural BBC ‘New Generation’ Artist Scheme the Trio have had tremendous exposure on BBC Radio 3 with many studio recordings and live broadcasts from around the country. Chosen as the British representative for the ECHO ‘Rising Stars’ scheme for the 2001-2002 Season, the Trio have also given début recitals at the Musikverein Vienna, Palais de Beaux Arts Brussels, La Cité de la Musique Paris, The Athens Concert Hall, and Stockholm Concert Hall. They have also performed in Milan, at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Salle Maisonneuve in Montreal and have given further concerts in Sweden, Norway and Cyprus. Plans for 2003-04 include concerts throughout the UK, major tours of New Zealand and Australia, a residency at the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, visits to the Edinburgh, Bath and Cheltenham Festivals, the latter involving the world première of a string trio by David Matthews, and concerts in Brussels, Madrid and Birmingham, Symphony Hall (to be broadcast on Radio 3).
All three members of the Trio enjoy a varied musical life away from the ensemble. Marianne Thorsen won the Outstanding Merit prize at the 1992 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and was chosen as the Norwegian Concert Institute’s ‘Young Musician of the Year’ in 1998. She is first violinist with the Nash Ensemble of London and a Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music. Scott Dickinson, won the 1996 Concerto Competition at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, and has performed concertos worldwide. He holds the position of Principal Viola with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Music Network’s forthcoming tour marks Scott’s last engagement with the Trio: Lawrence Power will replace him as viola player after the tour. Kate Gould was a winner of the 1997 Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform and the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists’ Forum, leading to many recitals around the country with Viv McLean. She is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, principal cellist of the European Camerata and frequently appears as a guest principal of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Weiner String Trio in G minor, Op 6
Kevin O’Connell String Trio
Beethoven Serenade in D major, Op 8
Tues 3 Feb Drogheda Droichead Arts Centre, 8pm
Wed 4 Feb Portstewart Flowerfield Arts Centre, 8pm
Thurs 5 Feb Omagh Omagh Library, 8pm
Fri 6 Feb Armagh Market Place Theatre, 8pm
Sat 7 Feb Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Studio Theatre, 8pm
Sun 8 Feb Belmullet Carne Church, 8pm
Tues 27 Apr Dublin Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Foster Place, 8pm
Wed 11 Feb Listowel St. John’s Arts and Heritage Centre, 8pm
Fri 13 Feb Portlaoise Dunamaise Arts Centre, 8pm
"Already internationally established, this group shines out for the brilliance of its playing and its inventive programmes."- The Observer