Past Winners of the Parkhouse Award
The current winners are Lux Trio
Distinguished by a powerful on-stage unity and a rare sensibility, the Trio Sōra was born of a burning passion for chamber music shared by close friends at the Paris Conservatoire. Influenced by their diversity of heritage France, Latvia, Italy and Basque they have vivaciously launched into full flight, not unlike the significance of the native american name Sōra: a bird singing while spreading its wings.
Always striving to deepen their musicianship, the Trio Sōra is benefiting from the guidance of the Artemis Quartet and Miguel da Silva at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and Claire Desert at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. They have also been privileged to work with such artists as Menahem Pressler, Quatuor Ébène, Quatuor Danel, Mathieu Herzog and Gary Hoffman. The violinist Magdalena Geka plays a 1737 Camillus Camilli violin generously loaned by the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
Musical intelligence and virtuosity were established
The Amatis Piano Trio was founded in Amsterdam in 2013, won the Parkhouse Award in 2015 and the same year was named Dutch Classical Talent 2015/16. The trio has been part of the European Chamber Music Academy since 2015. In 2016 further success included 2nd prize and audience prize at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar which was followed by a tour in Hong Kong and Indonesia. The Amatis Piano Trio is delighted to have been selected as one of the UKs Radio 3 2016 BBC New Generation Artists.
Performances in 2016 included the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, televised concerts in the Grachtenfestival, Amsterdam and live radio performances in the Peter de Grote Festival, in addition to numerous European countries. The Trio performed for the first time in the USA in October 2016.
In 2017 they joined the BBC New Generations Artists scheme.
Formed in 2009, the London-based Fournier Piano Trio is rapidly emerging as one of the leading young piano trios. Winners of the 2013 Parkhouse Award they were awarded both 2nd Prize and Audience Prize at the 6th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2011. The trio has made critically acclaimed debuts at both the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall in London and in 2011 embarked on its first European Tour after their selection for New Masters on Tour at the International Holland Music Sessions, the tour culminated in their debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
During the 2012 season the trio made appearances at the Bath International Music Festival, Newbury Spring Festival and Chichester Festivities and they toured Scotland extensively as part of their Tunnell Trust Award. In 2013 they make an appearance at the Devizes Festival and tour Asia with concerts in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. This includes a visit to Singapores Yong Siew Toh Conservatory to give masterclasses and perform in the Ones to Watch series.
David Takeno has been a continuous influence on the trios development since the formation of the ensemble. During the Trios early 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 Fournier Trio have been Artist-in-Residence at Wolfson College, University of Oxford where they continue to perform recitals and conduct masterclasses.
In addition to their recital performances throughout the UK, the trio have made regular visits to the Trondheim International Music Festival, in 2010 performing Faures Piano Quartet No.2 with Lawrence Power and in 2012 collaborating with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in a performance of his Piano Trio in addition to giving masterclasses. The Trio are passionate about contemporary music and have worked with leading British composers Gary Carpenter, Hugh Wood, Timothy Salter and Daniel Kidane to expand the piano trio repertoire. The Trio plans to record their debut album later this year for USK Recordings, the disc will include Timothy Salters Piano Trio along side the Faure and Ravel Trios.
They have participated in masterclasses by Martin Lovett, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Susan Tomes, Leif Ove Andsnes, Ralph Kirshbaum and Daniel Hope. The Fournier Trio are grateful to the Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group and Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF for their support.
From their performances, critics have acclaimed the ensembles virtuosic brilliance and technical perfection which is characterized by passion and great sensitivity, as well as their mature interpretive powers and an admirable beauty of sound. Thanks to this they look ahead to a bright future, having already found their very own style a style that is never an end in itself, but rather shows the respect of each work and its creator as a sincere and audible concern. With their playing, the young musicians of the Notos Quartett have thrilled both music critics and their audiences in recent years.
Winning the Parkhouse Award 2011 in London, the First Prize of the Charles-Hennen-Concours 2011 in Holland, the First Prize of the Premio Vittorio Gui 2013 in Florence, the Second Prize, the Special Prize for the Best Brahms Interpretation as well as the Audience Prize at the Città di Pinerolo 2013 in Torino and the Second Prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, highlights the success the ensemble can list on stage at home and abroad.
It comes as no surprise that their concert calendar is full after inspiring performances at Londons Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the festivals of Schwetzingen, Rheingau, Würzberg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Usedom, and furthermore a concert tour through the major cities of Southeast Asia by the invitation of the Goethe Institute.
Since their inception in 2007, the Notos Quartett has received valuable guidance by the members of the Mandelring Quartet, the Alban Berg Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, and the Beaux Arts Trio.
Nils Mönkemeyer and Nicholas Rimmer have performed together as a duo since 2007. Both passionate chamber musicians as well as in demand as soloists, their partnership has received glowing reception from critics and audiences alike. They have performed extensively across Germany and Europe through the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat). The duo was selected for the Best of North-Rhine-Westphalia concert series and has performed at the invitation of festivals such as Heidelberger Frühling, Festival Mitte Europa and in internationally-renowned venues such as the Gasteig, Munich and Beethovenhaus, Bonn. Their performances have been broadcast by NDR, SWR, BR, HR, WDR and Deutschlandfunk radio stations. The duo has recorded three CDs, the first on the Genuin label and more recently with Sony to great critical acclaim, receiving CD of the month in Ensemble magazine and winning an ECHO-Award in 2009.
In 2006 Nils Mönkemeyer won 1st Prize in Moskau at the International Yuri Bashmet Competition, as well as the Prize of the German Music Competition. Many solo appearances have followed including with the Dresden Kapellsolisten, a tour of Europe with the Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet, and performances with the Russian National Orchestra. As part of the Chamber Music connects the World festival of the Kronberg Academy he performed with Gidon Kremer and Lynn Harrell in Summer 2008. Since 2006 he has been Professor for orchestral programmes at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia Madrid, and in October 2009 he took up a Professorship at the Dresden Hochschule. His third recording for Sony BMG appeared in March 2010.
Following studies in Cambridge, Hannover and in Berlin, Nicholas Rimmer is building an enviable reputation as a chamber musician and accompanist. He has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Festival dAix-en-Provence, Leeds Lieder+, Beethovenfest Bonn, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival. He was first prize-winner at the Birmingham International Competition for Accompanists and has won the German Music Competition twice, most recently with the Leibniz Piano Trio in 2010. Since 2008 he has held a teaching fellowship at the Music Conservatory in Hannover and recently recorded his debut album as a solo pianist.
DIMENSION is an ensemble to reckon with, demonstrating playing of depth and insight...
Winners of the 2005 Parkhouse Award and of the 2004 South East Music Scheme, DIMENSION is a unique violin, cello and piano trio whose aim is to perform repertoire which is not restricted solely to the piano trio medium. In addition to presenting solos, duos and trios, DIMENSION collaborates with other musicians, often becoming a quartet or quintet. Guest artists appearing to date include Michael Collins, Tasmin Little, Gervase de Peyer, Julian Rachlin, Rachel Roberts, Radovan Vlatkovich and members of the Belcea and Alban Berg String Quartets.
Hyung-ki, Rafal and Thomas studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School which enabled them to perform both as soloists and as chamber partners with Lord Menuhin. Hyung-ki then studied at the Manhattan School of Music later winning the Grand Prize at the Stravinsky International Piano Competition. Rafal won the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1996, leads Ensemble Modern and is guest leader of the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Thomas has the rare distinction of success with both the Young Concert Artists, USA and YCAT, UK. He is a professor at the Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music.
DIMENSION have just given performances at the Warsaw Beethoven Festival with Michael Collins. They will be performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the RPO in the autumn and will appear at the Bastad Festival, Sweden, in summer 2009.
There is an article on DIMENSION and some concert reviews on the articles page
The sense of balance, the harmonic richness and the passion, were delivered upon a golden thread... nought but sublime.
The year 1995 was the 150th anniversary of the birth of the French composer Gabriel Fauré and the year in which the Fauré Quartett came into being. Affection for Faurés two piano quartets (recorded on the ARS MUSICI label) prompted the ensemble to name itself after the composer. The four musicians met when they were studying at the Karlsruhe Conservatory of Music and they have remained together as an ensemble ever since. In 2004, the Fauré Quartett was appointed Quartet in Residence at the Conservatory.
Over the last two years the ensembles intensive work together has turned a promising young ensemble into an exceptional piano quartet. Their rapport with the piano quartet repertoire has led to the Fauré Quartett recording W.A. Mozarts Piano Quartets for Deutsche Grammophon, released in March 2006 to mark the Mozart anniversary.
Today, the Fauré Quartett is a regular performer at major international venues in Europe and abroad, with concerts in London (Wigmore Hall), Berlin (Philharmonie), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Frankfurt (Alte Oper), Hamburg (Musikhalle), Stuttgart (Liederhalle), Paris and Brussels.
The quartet has performed in renowned music festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Ludwigsburger Festspiele, Martha Argerich Festival in Buenos Aires, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kissinger Sommer and Festival de lOrangerie de Sceaux.
The Fauré Quartett is a regular visitor to France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Finland and Britain. It has special links with South America and Mexico and in 2006 the quartet will undertake its fifth tour of the continent.
In its musical development the ensemble has profited from intensive collaboration with Wolfgang Jahn, Misha Katz, Mikhail Bezverkhny and Eduardo Hubert. Its four-year association with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne was an important period in its development.
The Fauré Quartett has made a number of CD recordings of works by Fauré, Dvorák, Suk and Brahms on the ARS MUSICI and BMG labels.
The Fauré Quartett can be heard playing Mozarts Quartet in E flat K493 on youtube.
The Fauré Quartett are artistic directors of the Rügen festival.
...wonderful balance and communication. The mix between interpretation and passion was perfect.
Trio Ondine was selected as a member of BBC Radio 3s New Generation Artists scheme in the summer of 2004. The two-year scheme involves trio recordings for BBC Radio 3, recordings as soloists with BBC orchestras throughout the UK, recital engagements, including performances at Londons Wigmore Hall, Manchesters Bridgewater Hall and the Proms and a debut recording with EMI.
Trio Ondine was formed in Copenhagen in 1999. The musicians have studied with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne and Ralf Gothoni in Helsinki. Within a few months of its formation the Trio had won its first competition, the Broadwood Piano Trio Competition in Manchester. This success was followed by victories in the Danish Radio Chamber Music Competition in 2000, where the trio also received the prize for the best contemporary music performance. In 2001, the Trio won the Parkhouse Award in London and the Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna. In 2002 they won 2nd Prize and the audience prize in the ARD Competition in Munich and in 2003 2nd Prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and the audience prize.
The Trio has toured in Europe and made radio recordings in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Estonia and England. The musicians have performed several times as soloists in Beethovens triple concerto. Their performance with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra was transmitted as an EBU production to most of Europe, the USA, Australia and Hong Kong.
In the 2005/06 season, the trio is Artist in Residence at the Theater Duisburg. The 2004/05 season brought the Trio to Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Bavaria and many festivals in Great Britain, including the Nottingham Festival and the BBC Proms.
Since September 2003 the trio has taught chamber music at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen.
The Trio Ondine has recorded the piano trios of Ludwig von Beethoven for Bayrischer Rundfunk and in February 2005 the Trio released a CD, in cooperation with Danish Radio, of contemporary Danish music, with works by Nørgaard, Nordentoft, Holmboe und Carl Nielsen.
Matthew Denton (violin),
Graham Broadbent (viola),
Tim Steggals (cello)
...they display inordinate sensitivity, generosity and grace they really demonstrate what ensemble playing is all about.
...a recital that was one of the most marvellously musical and violin & piano magical experiences.
Biography Charles Owen
Charles Owen began his musical studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Seta Tanyel and continued at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of Irina Zaritskaya. While at the RCM he won all the major piano prizes before completing his studies with Imogen Cooper. He received the Silver Medal at the Scottish International Piano Competition (1995) and was a finalist in the 1996 London Philharmonic/Pioneer Young Soloist of the year competition. In 1997 he won the prestigious Parkhouse Award in partnership with violinist Katharine Gowers.
Charles concert activities are diverse and extensive, encompassing solo, concerto and chamber music appearances. He has performed in many of Britains leading concert halls including the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Internationally, he has appeared at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, Viennas Musikverein, the Paris Louvre, the St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Moscow Conservatoire.
He has collaborated with many outstanding artists including violinists Sarah Chang, Antje Weithaas, Chloe Hanslip, Henning Kraggerud, Jack Liebeck, Renaud Capucon and Catherine Leonard as well as cellists Adrian Brendel, Natalie Clein, Guy Johnston, Paul Watkins and Tim Hugh. He has also performed with the Wihan, Vertavo and Vogler Quartets. A regular broadcaster for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and ABC Australia, Charles has performed with celebrated orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National, English Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Lodz Filharmonia and the Moscow State Academic Symphony. Regular festival appearances include the Perth International Music Festival in Western Australia, the Vogler Spring Festival in County Sligo, the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, the Elverum Festival in Norway and the Homecoming Festival in Moscow. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has played for numerous concert societies and established festivals including Bath, Cheltenham, Chester, Harrogate and the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.
He has recorded for EMI Classics for Pleasure and SOMM recordings. His first solo disc for Somm, featuring the piano music of Leos Janácek is listed as a key recording in the 2004 edition of The Penguin Good CD Guide. His highly acclaimed disc of works by Poulenc was selected as Editors Choice in the June 2004 edition of Gramophone and was subsequently nominated for a Classical Brit Award in 2005.
His most recent recording for EMI Classics for Pleasure, with Natalie Clein, of Cello and Piano sonatas by Brahms and Schubert won a Classical Brit Award in 2005.
Charles Owen is a Professor at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama in London.
Biography Katharine Gowers
Katharine Gowers studied with David Takeno at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Guildhall School of Music, with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and with Joey Corpus in New York. In 1997 she won the international Parkhouse Award with the pianist Charles Owen.
Amongst her concerto appearances, Katharine has played with the Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, and with the BBC Big Band and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. She has toured extensively throughout Britain and Europe in recital (including at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and St. Johns, Smith Square) and as a chamber musician. Katharine has performed at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, City of London, Aldeburgh Proms, Cheltenham, Salzburg, Bath, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Delft, Vancouver, Spoleto and Oxford festivals, and in 2003 and 2005 was a featured artist at the Presteigne Festival. She has also recorded for BBC Radio 3, for French, Dutch, Austrian and Canadian radio, and for EMI Classics.
Katharine has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Stephen Kovacevich, Imogen Cooper, Paul Lewis and Adrian Brendel. She has toured with Nigel Kennedy and the English Chamber Orchestra playing Bachs Double Violin Concerto and in 2001/2 she performed in a piano quartet with Alfred Brendel on a worldwide chamber music tour (which included New Yorks Carnegie Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna). She recently returned to the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg to perform Beethovens Kreutzer Sonata with Julius Drake in a festival specially devised by Ian Bostridge.
...an experience of high spirits and modest charm that clearly left the audience wanting more.
Proving themselves deserving winners of The Parkhouse Award, the Bartholdy Trio led us through the genre of the piano trio from Haydn to Chausson with an appealingly flamboyant show of rapport...
Their playing was everything one wants from a trio: precise, balanced, beautifully nuanced and shaped in a way that lets the listeners see into the music rather than through it.
The Grieg Trio has established itself as one of the leading piano trios in the world. Established in 1987, the trio studied with Professor Andras Mihaly at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and in masterclasses with Norbert Brainin, Martin Lovett and Eli Goren.
After the Trio won both the first prize and two additional special prizes at the 1989 Colmar Chamber Music Competition, Tibor Varga wrote: This year, as president of the jury of the Colmar Chamber Music Competition, I had the most extraordinary experience after I heard the Grieg Trio. All members of the jury spontaneously stood up applauding full of enthusiasm, some had tears in their eyes because of profound emotion. The director of the competition said that they never had such unanimous approval and musical experience.
The participation at the 1990 Interforum in Hungary attracted further international attention. The Times (London) wrote: Oslos Grieg Trio should be snapped up at once...so authoritative is their command of idiom, so energetic and imaginative their playing...
In 1991 the Grieg Trio won the first Parkhouse Award, for their sensitivity, flexibility and above all outstanding talent. The award included three London concerts in 1991 and 1992 at Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and St. Johns Smith Square. Norske Shell A/S gave them the Euro Prize for 1992.
The Norwegian Association of Music, Theatre and Ballet Critics awarded its prestigious Music Critics Prize 1993/94 to the Grieg Trio for the concert on November 5th, 1993. Both their U.S. and Japan debuts took place in the same year with a series of highly successful in Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Savannah, Seattle, Washington D.C. and in Tokyo. Further, the trio was granted in 1993 the major Norwegian Cultural Scholarship from Norsk Kassettavgiftsfond.
The Grieg Trio has performed at major venues in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and in the United States. Also, the trio has appeared at leading festivals such as Bad Kissingen, Bath, Bergen, Gstaad, Helsinki, Kuhmo, Orlando, Oslo, Risør and Stavanger.
The Lillehammer Olympic Organising Committee for the 17th Olympic Winter Games in 1994 selected the Grieg Trio to be one of their front representatives in presenting Norwegian music culture within their cultural promotion tour 19911994.
The Grieg Trio is also strongly engaged in promoting contemporary music, During the season 1994/95 the trio commissioned and performed piano trios from 4 Norwegian composers. The CD recordings of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann (Virgin Classics) have received the highest critical acclaim. During the Dvorák Year 2004 the Grieg Trios recording of the composers piano trios will be released on the Simax label.
In 1997 the trio received the most prestigious music award, the Grieg Prize. The prize was awarded on Sunday 15th June, Edvard Griegs birthday. The ceremony was followed by a concert of the prizewinners that took place at Edvard Griegs estate at Troldhaugen in Bergen.
During the season 2002/03 the Grieg has presented for the first time its Beethoven plus project at Londons Wigmore Hall. The cycle, consisting of four concerts, includes all piano trios by Beethoven plus a contemporary piece for each programme. For the London cycle commissions have been given to the composers Krystof Maratka, Lasse Thoresen, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Erkki-Sven Tüür. In March/April 2005 the Beethoven plus project will be performed at the Konzerthaus Berlin. One of the programmes will be presented at Amsterdams Concertgebouw. With the start of the project in November 2003 the first CD was released on the Simax label. During 2004 and 2005 the further CDs will be released.
In 2004 the Grieg Trio took over the artistic direction of the Stavanger Chamber Music Festival.
Grieg Trio is sponsored by Anker Chartering A/S.