Music Network presents Garth Knox’s Saltarello Trio

30 January 2020

Music Network presents Saltarello Trio on a nationwide tour with concerts in Clifden, Castlebar, Wexford, Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Castlepollard, 1st – 7th March 2020. Featuring a new specially commissioned Music Network composition by violist and composer Garth Knox, the tour highlights the many connections that exist between the music of today and that of hundreds of years ago. For more information and to book tickets see:

Ahead of this, Saltarello Trio will perform in Paris on 25th February, in a performance promoted by Centre Culturel Irlandais with support from Culture Ireland, as well as concerts promoted by Moving on Music in Belfast, Derry and Portstewart, 27th  – 29th  February.

Saltarello Trio consists of Garth Knox (medieval fiddle, viola d’amore and viola), Sylvain Lemêtre (percussion) and Agnès Vesterman (cello). Combining their collective and vast experience of classical and contemporary music with the textures and colours of folk music, the trio fuses all three styles to inform the tour’s witty arrangements. With swirling string lines and tasty percussion to open a new window on old music, the trio proves that a good tune can speak easily to all of us, no matter what the language, no matter when the time.

At the forefront of the new music scene, Garth Knox draws on his vast experience as viola player and composer, collaborating closely with some of the leading composers of today. With Irish and Scottish roots, Knox is a unique performer taking on many different music styles, ranging from minimalist understatement to the cutting edge of new techniques and technologies. Garth has recently begun to explore the possibilities of the baroque viola d’amore in new music, persuasively bringing it to the present by creating a new repertoire for it. 

An exceptional percussionist, Sylvain Lemêtre moves freely between contemporary creations, jazz, improvisation and traditional music, driven by insatiable curiosity and a willingness to experiment. Playing in ensembles of many different styles and aesthetics, Lemêtre has featured on many recordings such as La soustraction des fleurs by Jean-François Vrod, L’Ensemble Cairn directed by Jérôme Combier, Adieu mes très belles by Matthieur Donarier and Sonore Boréale, a solo album based on texts by Olivier Mellano.

Since touring with Arpeggione String Quartet for 13 years, cellist Agnès Vesterman has explored new territories playing solo works, commissioning contemporary pieces and playing with jazz and world music musicians as well as composing and improvising music for theatre and silent films. Vesterman performs the sonata repertoire with pianist Jean-François Bouvery, 20th Century pieces by composers such as Britten, Ligeti and Crumb, and contemporary works from composers including Saariaho, Sarhan, Bacri and Greif, among others. She has performed the Bach Cello Suites many times in France and abroad in unusual settings, seeking new angles of interpretation to make them more reachable for larger audiences.

Join Saltarello Trio on their 11-date international tour from 25th February – 7th March, presented by Music Network, Centre Culturel Irlandais and Moving on Music, as they mediate a true conversation between past and present. To book tickets see:


Hildegard von Bingen Ave Generosa | Guillaume de Machault Tels rit au matin | Medieval Dances arr. Saltarello | Henry Purcell Music for a while | John Dowland Flow my tears | Antonio Vivaldi Largo and Presto from Concerto for viola d’amore in D minor, RDV 393 | Marin Marais Folies D’Espagne for viola d’amore and cello | David Fennessy Three movements from 5 Hofer Photographs for solo cello | Gérard Pesson Tafelmusik for solo percussion | Garth Knox Cloak (Music Network Commission) | Garth Knox Song from the sea | Black Brittany (traditional tunes) arr. Saltarello 


Featuring Garth Knox, Sylvain Lemêtre and Agnès Vesterman

25th February – 7th  March

Garth Knox, medieval fiddle | viola d’amore | viola

Sylvain Lemêtre, percussion

Agnès Vesterman, cello



Tues 25 Feb – Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris +33 1 58 52 10 30 / Promoted by Centre Culturel Irlandais with support from Culture Ireland

Thurs 27 Feb – First Presbyterian Church, Belfast +4428 -9024 8818 / Promoted by Moving on Music

Fri 28 Feb – Great Hall, Ulster University Magee, Derry Promoted by Ulster University Magee in partnership with Walled City Music

Sat 29 Feb – Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart Promoted by Flowerfield Arts Centre

Sun 1 Mar – 8pm – Station House Theatre, Clifden €15 / €12 095-21699 / (info only) Promoted by Clifden Arts Society

Mon 2 Mar – 8pm – Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar €17 / €14 094-9023733 /

Tues 3 Mar – 8pm – National Opera House, Wexford €17 / €15 (+ bkg fee) 053-9122144 /

Wed 4 Mar – 7pm – Lutherhaus, 24 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 €20 / €15 / €10 01-4750224 / Promoted by Music Network

Thurs 5 Mar – 7.30pm – CIT Cork School of Music €20 / €15 / €10 / €5 (students) Promoted by Cork Orchestral Society

Fri 6 Mar – 7.30pm – The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford €17 / €15 / €5 (students) (info only) Promoted by Waterford Music

Sat 7 Mar – 8pm – Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard €25 / €12.50 087 6839061 / Promoted by Derravaragh Music Association