The Streeton Trio

Movement 1, Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1, in D minor
Movement 3, Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1, in D minor

Emma Jardine (violin) · Umberto Clerici (cello) · Benjamin Kopp (piano)

Described by Musica Viva as “Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio,” the Streeton Trio was formed in 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, from three young Australian musicians. In 2010, the trio was selected to be a part of the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy, where it was in residence for three years. Now based in Sydney, the trio has studied intensively with the world’s leading chamber musicians (Gabor Takacs-Nágy, Hatto Beyerle, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Johannes Meissl, Ferenc Rados, Erich Höbarth, Pascal Devoyon, Mihaela Martin) and has performed extensively all around the world.

Named after the Australian Impressionist painter, Sir Arthur Streeton, the trio has received great acclaim for performances in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Het Loo Royal Palace (Holland), Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre, Trondheim Festival, Apeldoorn Festival, Pablo Casals Festival (Prades).

Winner of the 2011 Music Viva Chamber Music Competition, the Streeton Trio has been laureate of several prestigious international competitions, and has won scholarships from Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria and Ian Potter Cultural Trust. In 2012, the trio featured as Musica Viva’s Rising Stars ensemble.

The trio’s debut CD (Ravel· Brahms), released in 2011, is broadcast frequently across Australia. The CD has received rave reviews, including, “It is quite clear that these young players have entirely identified with this repertoire—their unerring exactitude of tempo and mood is almost psychic.” (Thomas’, 2011) and “There are many accomplished recordings of this wonderful work, and this is one of the finest I have heard.” (Limelight, Feb 2012). The trio’s second album, “Elation” (2012), was featured as CD of the Week on ABC FM, 3MBS, 2MBS, Radio National and SBS Radio and received great acclaim from Limelight magazine; “the trio are a refreshing find for this reviewer… This is a young trio and their undoubted talent and enthusiasm are infectious.” (June 2012). The trio’s 2013 CD recording, “Elena Kats-Chernin: Works for Piano Trio” received continuous airplay since its release, including as ABC “CD of the Week” and was praised for its “still-youthful exhuberance and razor-sharp technical and interpretative gifts.” (Limelight). The trio’s fourth CD, released in 2016, “Felix Mendelssohn: Works for Piano Trio” was described as “outstanding… Mendelssohn as you’ve never heard him played” (Limelight) and “there’s a lot to love about their interpretation – it’s crisp, gutsy and holds its own against the likes of the Beaux Arts Trio” (The Age).

The trio has given highly acclaimed performances across the United Kingdom, China, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Holland, Lithuania, Norway, Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. In 2015, the trio welcomed Umberto Clerici, principal cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as their cellist. The trio is currently Fine Music FM Ensemble in Residence and performs exclusively on Larsen Strings.

 

Pianist Benjamin Kopp possesses a robust yet delicate touch, while Emma Jardine shapes violin lines with voluptuous ease and finds abundant tonal richness through impeccable bow contact and weighting… This was chamber music as it should be.

The Australian

Nov 9th 2015

Precise intonation from violin and cello and brilliant pianism distinguished their interplay in the emotionally charged first movement.

Hobart Mercury

Sep 9th 2015

Attention to details of expression and articulation were balanced by a clear sense of the overall shape of each movement. It was a satisfying performance, providing more evidence of the exceptional quality of the Streeton Trio.

Adelaide Advertisor

Aug 9th 2015

There’s a lot to love about their interpretation – it’s crisp, gutsy and holds its own against the likes of the Beaux Arts Trio.

The Age

Apr 2016

It was wonderful to hear these performers playing as one in these works. The energy of cellist Umberto Clerici was absorbing to watch and I enjoyed his musical communication with the other players. Benjamin Kopp’s piano playing is phenomenal; he can play fistfuls of notes at very high speed seemingly effortlessly but with great delicacy, and also bring out some thundering sound from the bass notes of the huge Steinway grand at the hall. Violinst Emma Jardine plays with a gorgeous tone described as ‘silver’ by Strad magazine and as in all great chamber ensembles, the sum is so much more than the parts.

ClassikOn

Sep 2015