Kungsbacka Piano Trio

Kungsbacka Piano Trio

Biography

MALIN BROMAN | Violin
JESPER SVEDBERG | Cello
SIMON CRAWFORD-PHILLIPS | Piano

Formed in 1997, the Kungsbacka Piano Trio has gained an enviable reputation as one of the most outstanding ensembles of its kind. Having established its credentials early on by winning First Prize in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, they went on to join the Young Classical Artists Trust, the BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme, and became "Rising Stars" with the European Concert Halls Organisation, performing at venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall. The Trio has since appeared at numerous festivals and venues worldwide. In the United Kingdom, the Trio performs at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, LSO St Luke’s and the City of London, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International Festivals. The Kungsbacka Piano Trio is an ensemble known for ‘the players’ seamless, instinctive level of co-ordination, the way every corner was turned as a threesome, and their uncontainable delight’ (The Strad).

Is there a better trio ensemble in Western Europe?

The Strad

With a strong connection to Sweden through founder-member Malin Broman, the Kungsbacka Piano Trio regularly performs on tour throughout the country. Alongside numerous chamber music tours, the Trio has recently performed as soloists in Martin’s Triple Concerto with the Västerås Sinfonietta, and in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Helsingborgs Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andrew Manze. The Kungsbacka Piano Trio has been honoured to receive the prestigious Interpret Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, which was presented to them by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

The most recent highlights of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio’s performances include concert tours in Germany, Spain, France, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and concerts at Lockenhaus Festival in Austria, BBC Proms in London, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Wigmore Hall and a debut in Bruchsal Germany, Belfast International Music Festival and the Peak Music Society.

In 2016-17 the Trio will tour the UK including a BBC lunchtime recital at Wigmore Hall.

As keen supporters of new music, the Kungsbacka Piano Trio have commissioned and premiered many compositions including works by Joe Dudell, Helen Grime, and Karen Rehnqvist, whose ‘Beginning for Piano Trio’ was recorded for BIS. A busy recording schedule has seen a long and productive relationship with NAXOS. The release of their Schubert CD for the label garnered extensive critical acclaim for a ‘performance that combines polish, freshness and inventive characterization’ (Daily Telegraph). The subsequent project to record Mozart’s complete works for piano trio in two volumes won similar acclaim. Alongside the recent release of Chopin’s Piano Trio No. 8, the Trio’s latest project is in recording the complete Haydn Piano Trios, the first volume of which was declared by Geoffrey Norris to testify ‘to the ensemble’s taste and stylistic insight’ (Daily Telegraph). Alongside their extensive work for NAXOS, the Kungsbacka Piano Trio’s performances are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

In between the Trio members’ busy schedules as solo, chamber and orchestral players they continue to pass their expertise onto future generations. They have taught at institutions including Gothenburg University’s School of Music, Edsberg Institute of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Royal Academy of Music.

Recordings

Fauré - Piano Quartet No. 1 / Piano Trio

Fauré - Piano Quartet No. 1 / Piano Trio CD cover

Fauré - Piano Quartet No. 2 / Piano Trio

Fauré - Piano Quartet No. 1 / Piano Trio CD cover

For additional info, please visit malinbroman.com/recordings.