28 August 2016, 2pm—Wyselaskie Auditorium
Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) arr. Benjamin Martin
Sonate de chiesa Op. 3 Nos 3 & 9
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Piano Trio in B major Op. 8
Allegro con brio
Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
Invierno porteño from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Benjamin Martin (piano)
Curt Thompson (guest violin)
Josephine Vains (cello)
Firebird Trio—like its mythical counterpart, which shone magically through the darkness—sheds light on music from all epochs. Founded in 2010, Firebird Trio has performed nationwide to critical acclaim, with a vibrancy of imagination that echoes its name. Described by The Australian as ‘an ensemble of immense energy and focus’ and praised in The Age for its ‘togetherness, charisma and playfulness’, Firebird Trio has performed around Australia, including for Musica Viva, Noosa Long Weekend Festival, Coffs Harbour Music Society, Camberwell Music Society, Melbourne Recital Centre, 3MBS Marathon, and ABC Sunday Live. The trio’s performances are regularly heard on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM.
Firebird Trio continues to present a unique and thought-provoking concert experience. Thinking outside the box, Firebird Trio performances reflect the energy, colour and splendour of the Firebird, taking their name from Stravinsky’s iconic ballet suite. And as passionate chamber musicians, the members of Firebird Trio have enjoyed educating the next generation of chamber musicians through the Australian Youth Orchestra, The University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Victorian College of Arts Secondary School.
Firebird Trio welcomes Curt Thompson as guest violinist for this concert. Associate Professor of Violin and Head of Strings at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of the VCA & MCM, Thompson performs throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia as a concerto soloist, recitalist, concertmaster and chamber musician. Thompson’s debut recording of the violin sonatas by Charles Ives (Naxos) received outstanding reviews worldwide, including in Gramophone, The Strad, The Wire and The New York Times.