The celebrated Gould Piano Trio has announced that distinguished cellist, chamber musician and teacher, Richard Lester is joining the ensemble, replacing Alice Neary who was a longstanding member of the trio for more than 16 years.

Widely acclaimed for its performances on both the concert platform and in the recording studios, the Trio recently celebrated its quarter century landmark. The Trio’s founder Lucy Gould and pianist Benjamin Frith keenly anticipate their future collaboration:

“We are delighted that Richard Lester has joined the Trio. From his years of playing in the former Florestan Trio he brings his profound knowledge and experience of this genre with him. We are looking forward to working these ideas into the Gould’s make-up and to gaining new perspectives in this rich world of the piano trio.”

Richard Lester commented: “After 17 wonderful years of playing trios with my former Florestan colleagues*, it was time to have a break. Now, though, the trio literature beckons anew and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to renew acquaintance with old favourites and get to know some different repertoire that I missed first time around - and all with such great musicians. There will be new exciting challenges ahead and I can't wait to get started.”

The diversity of the Trio’s discography, including masterworks and neglected gems, is also a hallmark of its international success, while commissioning and performing new work is also an important part of its commitment to creativity and innovation. The Trio also mentors young musicians and hosts the annual Corbridge Music Festival which it founded 20 years ago with clarinetist Robert Plane.


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