Lucy Gould - violin
Alice Neary - cello
Benjamin Frith - piano
From their early success at the Charles Hennen and the Inaugural Melbourne Competitions through being selected as British “Rising Stars” in 1998, the Gould Piano Trio has emerged as one of the finest chamber ensembles.
A recent tour of North America’s West Coast saw them giving a presentation of James MacMillan’s trio, Fourteen Little Pictures, to students in the University of Southern Oregon; a piece they have championed since performing it at the BBC Symphony’s MacMillan Festival at the Barbican.
Boasting an impressive discography, the Gould Trio had great reviews on their complete Brahms album (Quartz label, 3 CDs). The Independent called the Chandos album featuring Messiaen, with clarinettist Robert Plane, Album of the Week and wrote: "The premiere of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time may have been wildly over-mythologised, but it's still an amazing story. Its performance here is exemplary." London’s Wigmore Hall invited the trio for a special concert to mark the 100st birthday of Messiaen, performing this quartet.
The Trio’s special affinity with the romantic composers is enhanced by the discovery of their lesser-known contemporaries such as Niels Gade (BBC Radio 3 from Glasgow) and Robert Fuchs (“Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone -Quartz label), viewing the more popular repertoire of composers such as Schumann and Dvorak in a new perspective.
The Gould’s residency at the RNCM in Manchester gives them the opportunity to build relationships with young ensembles, introducing them to a wider repertoire, probing deeper into the meaning of the scores and giving regular performances in the city’s busy concert schedule.