“Reinventing the repertoire”: it may seem like a tall order, but this is how the Linos Piano Trio describes the philosophy at the heart of its music making.
This reinvention comes about in two ways. The first is through the musicians’ interpretations of the core repertoire; they look at each piece as if it were newly composed, setting conventions aside and bringing it to light in a fresh and personal way. The second is by extending the breadth of the repertoire in order to expand the range of works listeners are traditionally presented in piano trio recitals, be that through commissioning new music, their own arrangements of pieces written for different types of ensembles, or through championing unjustly neglected works.
First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2015, the Linos Piano Trio is increasingly recognised as one of Europe’s most creative and dynamic trios.
Drawing on the rich and varied cultural and musical backgrounds of its members, which encompass five nationalities, as well as specialisms in historically-informed performance and new music, the Linos Piano Trio possesses a colourful and distinctive musical voice. Praised for its “slow-burning, gripping performance” by The Strad, and an “astounding performance” by the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, the trio’s reputation has taken it to prestigious venues worldwide including the Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Melbourne Recital Centre, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Holzhausenschlösschen in Frankfurt, Théâtre Saint-Louis in France, and the György Ligeti Saal in Graz.
Founded in October 2007, the Linos Piano Trio studied at the Guildhall and then at the Musikhochschule Hannover with Oliver Wille and Markus Becker. The ensemble has also received the guidance of Sir András Schiff, Peter Cropper, Ferenc Rados, Rainer Schmidt and Eberhard Feltz. The trio first came to prominence in the Tunnell Trust Showcase for Young Musicians, and in 2014 was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize for an outstanding ensemble.
In 2016 the trio embarked on its current ongoing project ‘Stolen Music’, a rapturously-received series of creative arrangements of orchestral masterpieces such as Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan and Isolde, and Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
Since 2017 they have held the position of ‘Artists-in-Residence’ at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London.
The Linos Piano Trio recorded the complete Piano Trios by C.P.E. Bach to celebrate the 300th anniversary of his birth, and the CDs were issued by CAvi-music in May 2020. The release received several five-star reviews across the European press, with Gramophone magazine describing the playing as “smart, efficient and alert to Bach’s quicksilver changes of mood and material”. The trio was immediately invited to make a further recording, this time in a partnership between Bayerischer Rundfunk and CAvi-music. For this second CD, the Linos Piano Trio have recorded a selection of four large-scale works from their ‘Stolen Music’ project, inspired by a famous quote of Igor Stravinsky: “good composers borrow, great ones steal”. The disc will be released later in 2021.
Thai-British musician Prach Boondiskulchok enjoys a diverse career as a pianist, composer and teacher. He studied piano and composition at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Scholar of Princess Galyani Vadhana.
Prach’s solo and chamber music performances have taken place on stages across Europe, South East Asia, and the US. Recent highlights include a recital with Steven Isserlis and participation as soloist and jury member at the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival and Competition. His youthful performance of Bach Sinfonias at the Royal Festival Hall was highly praised by the Independent as an “ecstatic rendition [which] would have been a high point in any programme”. More recently Prach has received critical acclaim in The Strad, The Times and The Guardian.
His compositions include Night Suite (2014) for Piano Trio, praised by George Benjamin for its “ingenuity and imagination”, and the semi-operatic chamber song cycle written in collaboration with T. S. Elliott-Prize-Winner Sarah Howe, Goose Daughter commissioned and premiered by the Birdfoot Festival in 2016. With his Ritus: Four Portraits for String Quartet, Prach is one of the four commissioned composers for the Endellion String Quartet’s 40th Anniversary in 2019, alongside Sally Beamish, Jonathan Dove, and Giles Swayne.
A keen educator and committed scholar, Prach is Doctoral Researcher at the Orpheus Institute, and a faculty member at the Royal College of Music.
As a passionate chamber musician, violinist Konrad Elias-Trostmann enjoys a varied international career in all types of ensembles, with his performances bringing him to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Seoul Arts Centre and Shanghai Grand Theatre.
He has been invited as Principal 2nd Violin by orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and Kammerorchester Basel. Recent solo highlights include a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto directed by Konrad from the violin.
Konrad was born in London of German and Brazilian parents. After attending the Purcell School of Music he completed studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Cologne’s Musikhochschule and Salzburg’s Mozarteum, studying with Professors Mihaela Martin and Rainer Schmidt. He has also worked with Maxim Vengerov, James Ehnes, Carolin Widmann and András Keller at IMS Prussia Cove.
Dedicated to maintaining the broadest possible musical palette and praised for his “luminous tone” (Gramophone), Vladimir Waltham is much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician on cello, baroque cello and viola da gamba, in repertoire spanning from the Middle Ages to collaborations with composers and world premieres as well as everything in between. His competition successes include 3rd Prize at the 2016 International Bach Competition Leipzig.
Born in France, Vladimir started learning the cello at the age of five. At the age of 16 he moved to the UK to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School then at the Guildhall. Vladimir can regularly be heard performing in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan t’Ij, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional and Melbourne Recital Centre. Other notable venues have included Concertgebouw Bruges and Volksbühne Berlin, with solo and chamber appearances at festivals such as Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, City of London Festival, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Birdfoot Festival (USA) and Eilat Festival (Israel).
Linos (Λῖνος) was a celebrated musician in Greek mythology. The son of Apollo, Linos received from his father the three-stringed lute, and became known as the inventor of new melodies, lyric songs, and eloquent speech. As one of the original demi-gods of music, Linos had many pupils, most famously Heracles and his brother Orpheus.