The Hearn Recital Room
Took place on Mon 8 Jan 2024, 1.10pm


Lunchtime Recital: Marsyas Trio

60 minutes
The Hearn Recital Room
Took place on Mon 8 Jan 2024, 1.10pm

Flautist Helen Vidovich, is no longer able to perform in this recital and will be replaced by cellist Val Welbank’s husband, violinist Patrick Dawkins, a member of The Ligeti Quartet, in a revised programme.

Patrick Dawkins, violin
Val Welbanks, cello
Olga Stezhko, piano

Claude Debussy – Cello Sonata (1915) (cello and piano)
1. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
2. Sérénade: Modérément animé
3. Final: Animé, léger et nerveux

Claude Debussy – Estampes (1903) (piano solo)
1. Pagodes
2. La soirée dans Grenade…
3. Jardins sous la pluie

Louise Farrenc – Trio Op. 45 (1857) (violin, cello, piano)
1. Allegro deciso
2. Andante
3. Scherzo. Vivace
4. Finale. Presto

The London-based Marsyas Trio, formed of Australian flautist Helen Vidovich, Canadian cellist Valerie Welbanks and Belarusian pianist Olga Stezhko, are graduates of the Royal Academy of Music. Showcasing a hugely diverse repertoire from the Classical and Romantic eras to the present day, the Marsyas Trio’s programming illuminates a forgotten canon of repertoire for the flute-cello-piano trio, whilst inspiring a generation of new works through commissioning and recording projects. Recent concert highlights include performances at Kettle’s Yard, Conway Hall, BBC Radio3, the Red House Aldeburgh for Britten-Pears Arts and the Three Choirs Festival.

The Marsyas Trio has an upcoming CD release on the Métier label in Spring 2024, featuring collaborations with award-winning Mezzo-Soprano Lotte Betts-Dean. Their past albums include ‘A Triple Portrait’ (Meridian Records 2015), and ‘In the Theatre of Air’ (NMC Recordings 2018), which debuted at No. 7 on the classical charts, with reviews in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine (4-stars), Tempo, the Sunday Times, and broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM.

The Trio are passionate cross-art collaborators and educators with a portfolio including multimedia projects with the Smoking Apples puppeteers and filmmaker Julian Hand, and various outreach projects for children and teenagers across the UK. They are Artist By-Fellows at Churchill College, Cambridge University 2022-24.

Generous support has been received from the RVW, Hope Scott and Marchus Trusts, PRS, Hinrichsen and Britten-Pears Foundations, the Ambache and Fidelio Charitable Trusts, Francis Routh Trust, HMUK and Arts Council England.