Aquinas Piano Trio


29 February 2020, 7.30pm

Big School, Tonbridge School

Ruth Rogers (violin); Katherine Jenkinson (cello); Martin Cousin (piano)

Haydn: Piano Trio No.45 in Eb major, Hob.XV:29
Schumann: Piano Trio No.3 in G minor, Op.110
Beethoven: Piano Trio in Bb major, Op.97 (Archduke)

Adults £20  Under-18s and Students in full-time education free  
Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult
This concert is also available as part of a mini-season membership (3 concerts for £50) or a full membership (5 concerts for £75)


Described by Gramophone as, ‘spot-on in interpretative instinct’, the Aquinas Piano Trio has established itself over the last five years as one of Britain’s most sought-after chamber groups. Following their Wigmore Hall debut in December 2015, Musical Opinion commented, ‘”This sold-out concert hall was in awe, ecstatic with joy at the final cadence.”

“Our programme contains three wonderful works for this medium – firstly a late Haydn trio, the last of three written for the virtuoso Therese Bartolozzi in London in the 1790s. It is notable for a gypsy-style element in the finale, with echoes of a hurdy-gurdy. Next is Schumann’s 3rd and last trio, which begins broodingly but makes a triumphant journey into the light by the end. The second half is devoted entirely to Beethoven’s mighty ‘Archduke’, which was dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria and pushed the limits of what was possible from the form of a piano trio at the time of composition (1811).” Martin Cousin

The Trio will return each year to the Wigmore Hall until 2021.  Their growing list of recordings includes the Saint-Saëns Trios, and their Mendelssohn Trios CD was Strad Magazine’s Choice of the Month: “The Aquinas Trio rejoices in these cherish-able scores with a symphonic sweep and an insatiable forward momentum … This is an enormously impressive coupling.”

Ruth Rogers studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Herman Krebbers. Described as “the finest of the younger generation of violinists” (Musical Opinion) Ruth was appointed as a leader of the London Mozart Players in 2015 and appears as a guest leader of many other major orchestras including the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Katherine Jenkinson is recognised as one of the UK’s leading cellists specialising in solo and chamber music. In 2017, Katherine had the privilege of recording a new cello concerto with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which was written for her by the British composer, Oliver Davis. She was a founder member of The Rautio Piano Trio, and was a member of The Allegri String Quartet 2008-2011 and Iuventus Quartet and Ensemble. Katherine plays on an Italian cello by Taningardi made in 1703. She is grateful to the Countess of Munster for their help in the purchase and restoration of this cello.

Martin Cousin is now regarded as one of the most exceptional pianists of his generation, having been awarded 1st prize at the 2005 Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Seregno, Italy) and Gold Medal at the 2003 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition (London). Martin appears regularly at the major London musical venues and has performed as concerto soloist with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras. 2006 saw the release of his debut CD of Rachmaninov’s Sonata No 1 and Morceaux de Salon, which was selected as Classical CD of the week by the Daily Telegraph.

“Sensational playing by the Aquinas at their Sunday morning Wigmore concert: sparkling, brilliantly witty Haydn followed by voluptuously phrased Brahms. This is a terrific ensemble.” Barry Millington, Chief Music Critic, Evening Standard


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