Gould Piano Trio in Two Performances

Chamber Music Concerts / 1250 Siskiyou Blvd / Ashland, OR / 97520-5080

Press Release – For immediate publication
Contact: Jody Schmidt, Executive Director – 541-552-6154;

March 4, 2008

Chamber Music Concerts Presents the Gould Piano Trio in Two Performances
Chamber Music Concerts (CMC) presents two performances by the Gould Piano Trio on Friday, April 4th at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 5th at 3 p.m. at the SOU Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $26/$30, with a $5 rate for students. Please call 541-552-6154 for tickets, or visit CMC’s web site at for more information. The program for the evening concert on April 4th features Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1 no. 3; John Ireland’s Phantasie Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A Minor; and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Trio no. 2 in E Minor, Op. 92. The April 5th matinee features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s
Piano Trio no. 1 in G Major, K. 496; Charles V. Stanford’s Piano Trio no. 3 in A Major, Op. 158; and Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio no. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66. The Gould Trio’s concerts are sponsored by Tom & Karen O’Rourke, Bob & Wendy Phillips, and Bunny Wachter.

The Gould Trio will also present educational outreach programs. Outreach programs are a wonderful way to see the artists in a more personal, casual setting than the traditional concert experience. You are invited to attend all events, which are free and open to the public:

Friday, April 4th:
•    Morning school program at Ashland High School (time TBA)
•    Convocation for SOU music majors – lecture/performance at the SOU Music Recital Hall,
1 p.m.
Saturday, March 1st:
•    Piano and strings master class at the SOU Music Recital Hall at 10 a.m., featuring pianists from the studio of SOU professor Dr. Alexander Tutunov and string students from Rogue Valley area studios.
CMC’s outreach events are sponsored by Jim Collier and Lithia, America’s Car & Truck Store.

The Gould Piano Trio—featuring violinist Lucy Gould, cellist Alice Neary, and pianist Benjamin Frith—has established a reputation as one of the most stylish and versatile ensembles performing today. Highly regarded in the field of chamber music, they enjoy a career that takes them to major venues in the UK and overseas. Chosen as British Rising Stars for the 1998-99 season, the Trio has performed in such prestigious venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Brussels Palais des Beaux-Arts, Birmingham Symphony Hall and major halls in Paris, Cologne, Athens and Vienna.

Festival appearances have included Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, and Spoleto, and overseas travels have taken them to New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, South America and most European countries. They regularly tour the USA, performing in the Lincoln Center, Weil Hall and at the Frick Collection. In the UK they appear at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room, LSO St. Luke’s, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, and gave one of the first chamber concerts at The Sage, Gateshead as part of an Arts Council-sponsored “Around the Country” national tour. Frequent broadcasts from these venues have made the Goulds a familiar ensemble to listeners of BBC Radio 3. Both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic invited the Trio to perform James MacMillan’s chamber works at their festivals.

The Gould Piano Trio has been the recipient of many national and international awards: First Prize at the Charles Hennen Competition in Holland was followed by joint First Prize in the inaugural Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in Australia. At the 1993 Premio Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence they were awarded the audience prize in addition to the overall First Prize. In the UK the Trio has won awards from the Tillett and John Tunnell Trusts.

From 2005-07 the trio was ensemble-in-residence at Royal Northern College of Music, giving concerts, master classes and chamber music coaching. As part of their commitment to extending the piano trio repertoire, the Goulds have commissioned works and performed many contemporary pieces. For more information please visit the Gould Trio’s web site at

For more information about CMC, please call 541-552-6154 or visit

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