Fournier Trio
Chiao-Ying Chang( piano), Sulki Yu (violin) and Pei-Jee Ng (cello)
Fournier Trio
The return of this acclaimed piano trio will make an excellent start to the season.

Formed in 2009, the international award-winning Fournier Trio is now established as one of the leading piano trios. They won the Parkhouse Award at the Wigmore Hall and have made their debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Later this season they will make their debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall. As a Trio they have performed in major venues in many countries.

All three members have also performed extensively as soloists and last season pianist Chiao-Ying Chang gave us a wonderful recital at NFMC. She has performed with the Halle, Royal Philharmonic and the San Francisco Orchestra.

Korean Violinist Sulki Yu has performed at the Festival Hall, London as well as in Paris and New York. Australian cellist Pei-Jee Ng has appeared with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has played the Elgar Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

The Fournier Trio is grateful to Wolfson College, Oxford University, Royal Academy of Music, Kirchkman Concert Society, Park Lane Group and Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF for their generous support.

Programme
Friday 21st September 2018
Beethoven
Piano Trio in B flat major, Op.11
Brahms
Piano Trio No.3 in C minor, Op.101
Dvořák
Piano Trio No.4 in E minor, Op.90 'Dumky'

While we take every precaution to ensure that programmes are correct, we reserve the right to make changes to them.

More biographical information

Formed in 2009, the internationally award-winning Fournier Trio has rapidly established itself as one of the leading piano trios. Described by Classical Source as having 'awesome but restrained technical ability and chamber-music antennae', they were winners of the prestigious 2013 Parkhouse Award at Wigmore Hall, finalists at Hamburg in 2012 and were recipients of 2nd Prize and Audience Prize at the 6th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2011. The Trio has made critically acclaimed debuts at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London and in 2012 embarked on its first European Tour after their selection for 'New Masters on Tour' at the International Holland Music Sessions, culminating with their debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Fournier Trio has given recitals at other major venues such as St John's Smith Square in London, St David's Hall in Cardiff and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. Festival appearances including Bath International Music Festival, Brighton Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Chichester Festivities, Dartington International Summer School, Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival (where they collaborated with Lawrence Power and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies) and Seoul Spring Festival. The Trio toured Scotland extensively as part of their Tunnell Trust Award, and made their debuts across the Far East in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. They have performed live on BBC Radio 3, RTHK (Hong Kong), NRK (Norway) and KBS (South Korea). Highlights this season include a debut recital at New York's Carnegie Hall, and a series of three concerts in Oxford featuring the complete Beethoven piano trios.

David Takeno has been a continuous influence on the Trio's development since the formation of the ensemble. During the Trio's founding years, they were Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music where they worked with renowned pedagogues Thomas Brandis, Christopher Elton, Michael Dussek and Sung-Won Yang, in addition to their duties as mentors to student chamber groups. Since 2011, the Trio has been Artist-in-Residence at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

With a commitment to expand the piano trio repertoire, the Trio has premiered works by leading British composers such as Gary Carpenter, Hugh Wood, Timothy Salter and Daniel Kidane. They have released two commercial recordings: Piano Trios by Timothy Salter, Fauré and Ravel for USK Recordings; and Mendelssohn's Piano Trios with Resonus Classics.

The Fournier Trio is grateful to Wolfson College Oxford University, Royal Academy of Music, Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group and Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF for their generous support.

'The Fournier Trio have garnered a number of accolades and it's not difficult to hear why, for this is playing with a high level of finish to it. Even the scherzos have not a hair out of place. They reveal, above all, the elegance of Mendelssohn's writing.'

 Gramophone

'The Fournier Trio bring real enthusiasm as well as musical finesse to their performances. They argue that these are the best of Mendelssohn's chamber pieces and, played like this, one can believe it'. 

Lark Reviews

'... finely wrought and passionately engaged'

 The Strad / Matthew Rye

'The fine Fournier Piano Trio...compelling...made me keen to hear more.' 

The Times / Hilary Finch

'...The performances were admirable throughout . finely played, beautifully balanced and given with a commitment that was tangible from the first bars of each work.' 

Musical Opinion / Alexander Leonard

'The three Fournier players all have awesome but restrained technical ability and highly attuned chamber-music antennae.'

 Classical Source / Peter Reed

About the Musicians

Taiwanese pianist Chiao-Ying Chang has distinguished herself as one of the leading pianists of her generation. Top prizewinner of the Leeds, ARD Munich, AXA Dublin and Taiwan International Piano Competitions, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and the late Maria Curcio. As soloist she has performed with the Halle, Royal Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Irish Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Regensburg Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Sinfonia Varsovia, Munich Chamber Orchestras, and made her recital debuts at Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York. International festival appearances include the Busoni Festival in Bolzano, Europaisches Klassik, Mosel Musikfestival International Piano Summer and the Kammermusikfest des ARD-Wettbewerbs in Schloss Elmau, Munich and Berlin in Germany.

Korean violinist Sulki Yu studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under David Takeno and furthered her studies under Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. She is a laureate of the 2006 Yehudi Menuhin and 2007 Szigeti-Hubay International violin competitions. She has performed as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, UNESCO Centre in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Seoul Arts Centre in Korea and with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Sung-Nam Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale de Lille, Yalta Symphony, Budapest Symphony and Pecs Chamber Orchestras. She made her debuts at both the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room to critical acclaim and recently appeared in the Spring Chamber Music Festival in Seoul where she performed with violinist Dong-Suk Kang, cellist Antonio Meneses, and clarinettist Charles Neidich.

Australian cellist Pei-Jee Ng was winner of both the 2001 Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year competition and the 2008 Young Concert Artists Trust auditions in London. He was the soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on their first US tour in 2009, appearing at Royce Hall, Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall, New York, made his debut at the Konzerthaus in Berlin as part of the Classic Young Stars International Series and gave recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London. Festival appearances include the Winchfield, Newbury Spring, Corsham and Gower Festivals in the UK, Sounding Jerusalem (Israel), Adelaide International Cello Festival (Australia), Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern (Germany) and Steierisches Kammermusikfestival (Austria). In addition to the six major Australian symphony orchestras, he has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, the Oulu and Estonian National Symphony, and made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchest