Wednesday 4 June 2014
Fidelio Trio and Ensemble Matisse double bill


fidelio trio
Harrison Birtwistle
Piano Trio
David Fennessy Music for the Pauses in a Conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman
Claudia Molitor after the strangely monumental
Johannes Maria Staud Für Bálint András Varga

ensemble matisse

Karol Beffa Rhapsodie for solo cello
Philippe Hersant Nachtgesang 
Karol Beffa Cortege des ombres
Guillaume Connesson Adams Variations


Ensemble Matisse

Francesca Barritt, violin
Rozenn Letrionnaire, clarinet
Romain Dhainaut, cello
Gregory Drott, piano

Formed in 2010, Ensemble Matisse has established itself on the London contemporary music scene as the leader in a new generation of creative artists championing new music. The Ensemble is recognised for the vibrancy and precision it brings to all its performances and for the innovative and imaginative nature of its programming.

Ensemble Matisse, a collective of experienced and passionate chamber musicians, takes the form of a flexible entity that can morph into any combination from solo to quartet to large ensemble and who embrace collaborative work with electronic performers, dancers, theatre makers, visual artists, narrators, animators...

Alongside a special interest in promoting the music of emerging composers, Ensemble Matisse is known for its versatility. Performing works from the Renaissance through to music of the present day the Ensemble's programming is not inhibited by convention. The musicians are just as comfortable improvising live in concert as they are when performing the core chamber music repertoire and they prioritise direct and honest communication with their audience, breaking down the barrier between the performer and the listener.

The Ensemble has already given numerous high profile performances including at Colston Hall Bristol, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Kings Place London and for Radio 3 from the BBC Proms in a composer portrait of Kevin Volans. The Ensemble loves to take its music out of the concert hall to a different audience and, with this in mind, performs in unusual settings such as club nights for NonClassical label and the Macbeth in Hoxton.

Ensemble Matisse have been selected for the prestigious Park Lane Group Young Artists for 2014 and are supported by the Arts Council England for their latest commission project 'Extinct Birds' from composer David Holyoake.

Fidelio Trio

Darragh Morgan, violin
Robin Michael, cello
Mary Dullea, piano

The ...virtuosic Fidelio Trio... (Sunday Times) perform extremely diverse music internationally and features Irish musicians Darragh Morgan (violin) and Mary Dullea (piano) and Scottish cellist Robin Michael. In promoting contemporary music, they are constantly commissioning new works and the range of leading international composers that The Fidelio Trio are closely associated with includes Toshio Hosokawa, Charles Wuorinen, Johannes Maria Staud and Michael Nyman. Their many world and UK premieres include Gerald Barry, Donnacha Dennehy, Evan Ziporyn, Simon Bainbridge, Edison Denisov and Beat Furrer whom they have performed throughout Europe, the USA, South Africa and China.

They broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and in 2010 were featured in a Sky Arts documentary. Since their South Bank debut they have appeared at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room and Royal Opera House, London, festivals including City of London, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Brighton, Vale of Glamorgan, West Cork Music, Belfast Festival at Queens and National Concert Hall, Dublin, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Casa da Musica (Porto), Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris), Contemporaneamente Festival, Lodi and Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice (Italy), Johannesburg Music Society, Symphony Space, New York City and MIT Boston.

The Fidelio Trio’s extensive discography includes the complete Michael Nyman Piano Trios for MN Records, Bulb (Kevin Volans, Deirdre Gribbin), My Broken Machines (Ed Bennett) and Bartlebooth (Joe Cutler) all on NMC, Metamorphoses (Haflidi Hallgrimsson), The Piano Tuner (Sally Beamish, Nigel Osborne and Judith Weir) and Airs, Waters (Piers Hellawell) for Delphian Records, Rob Keeley on Convivium and Luke Bedford’s debut portrait CD on Col Legno as Ernst von Siemens composer award winner 2012. Forthcoming are the first instalment of From Vienna (Korngold and Schoenberg) for Naxos and portrait discs of Robert Fokkens and Tom Armstrong. The Fidelio Trio have worked closely with composition and performance students on contemporary music through masterclasses at institutions including The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, University of Manchester, Surrey University, Royal Holloway University, Cardiff University, Cork School of Music, Stellenbosch Conservatorium, WITS Johannesburg and University of KwaZulu-Natal. They have been artists-in-residence at the Irish Composition Summer School, CoMA Summer School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Davenport Residency holders at State University of New York, SUNY.

The Fidelio Trio are selected artists for Concert Promoters’ Group 2013/14 season. They are artists-in-residence for 2012–15 at St.Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin City University.