There’s an evening of classical music coming up in Abergavenny that you absolutely do not want to miss. The MINERVA PIANO TRIO have established themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting young trios whose playing has been described as “wonderfully rich, thunderous, and lyrical” (Classic FM). The Trio consist of Violinist Michal Cwizewicz; Cellist Richard Birchall and Pianist Annie Yim.

They are known for their innovative approach in programming, from collaborating with dance and combining art forms such as photography, to championing leading young composers by commissioning new works.  They have been chosen as Making Music UK Selected Artists 2018 and St John’s Smith Square Young Artists in residence 2016/17.  Having made their debut at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room in 2014 as Park Lane Group Young Artists, the Trio have broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. 

Violinist Michal Cwizewicz has given concerts across Europe, the Middle-East and USA, and his playing has been broadcast on BBC television and Radio and Polish national television. 

Cellist Richard Birchall read Music at Cambridge University (studying composition with Giles Swayne) and then studied as a postgraduate cellist at the Guildhall School of Music, under Louise Hopkins.  He has been a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 2011. 

Pianist Annie Yim performs throughout the UK, Europe and Canada.  Her playing has been acclaimed as ‘the most beautiful sounds, radiantly coloured, thoughtfully articulated’ (The Times) with a wide-ranging repertoire that encompasses canonic works and new music.  She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, as well as national radios in Canada and Portugal.  


The trio have worked closely with contemporary composers including Roxanna Panufnik, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gavin Higgins, and David Knotts. But they are rightly acclaimed for their performances of the richly varied traditional repertoire, the Trio are equally passionate about reviving important but rarely performed works.  Through workshops and pre-concert talks, they share their passions for historical research, new music, and creative collaborations. 

They are also delighted to have been chosen as Making Music Selected Artist 2019-20.

So what can we expect when the MINERVA PIANO TRIO get to South Wales? The programme will include……

  • BEETHOVEN – Trio in D “Ghost”
  • RACHMANINOV – Elegiac Trio
  • MENDELSSOHN – Piano Trio in C minor

The reviews pretty much say it all about the trio…….

  • “Wonderfully rich, thunderous and lyrical Brahms from Minerva Piano Trio!” 
    Classic FM
  • “Immaculate technique in what was clearly often difficult territory…A high degree of maturity, concentration, commitment and energy”
    Classical Source
  • “How lucky modern-day composers are to have such expert and sympathetic advocates” 
    Classical Source
  • “The most beautiful sounds”
    The Times

The MINERVA PIANO TRIO get to the Borough Theatre in Abergavenny on Thursday 16th April at 7:30pm. For more details and tickets, go here. MINERVA

And you can see what the trio are doing now and have achieved, right here. TRIO


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