"Simply World Class" is the description made by the German press of the London Piano Trio. For the past 18 years the London Piano Trio have been touring, recording, and teaching across the globe to rave reviews. Upcoming tours include a 10 city tour of China in 2018 and a Far East Tour in 2019.

At home they have been described as a "National Treasure". They were artists in residence at the Gibbs Music Festival from 2008 - 2014 and current activities include a residency at St John's Smith Square in London, recently featuring a critically acclaimed 2015 Beethoven Cycle and artists in residence at the Festival Jalesnes, Venantes, France.

Their interest in promoting English music has resulted in them recording the complete trios of Donald Francis Tovey, Henry Cotter Nixon, and Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, with many premiere performances in places such as Dubai, Singapore, Manila, Naples, and Paris. They have actively commissioned works by composers such as Christopher Gunning, Jed Balsamo, Gavin Bryers, Clement Ishmael, Constantin Papageorgiou, Giya Kanchelli and Philip Glass.


 

 

 


 

Robert Atchison - Violin



Robert Atchison
was born in London and studied music from a young age. His teachers included Sheila Nelson, Bronislaw Gimpel at the Royal Northern College of Music, Emmanuel Hurwitz at the Royal Academy of Music and Maurice Hasson. In 1982 he was a finalist in the Abbado International Competition in Milan, Italy. Mr. Atchison has given concerto performances and recitals in the USA, South America, the far East, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Ireland.
In 1983 Mr. Atchison made his concerto debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall playing the Beethoven concerto and in 1984 at the Barbican with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. He joined the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1984 and remained there until 1990. From 1991 to 1997 he was a member of all three orchestras of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and was co-principal to Iona Brown. In 1993 he was appointed Director of the Spanish Chamber Orchestra, appearing frequently as soloist. Since then he has had a busy chamber and solo career. Mr. Atchison is Violinist with the critically acclaimed London Piano Trio and tours regularly with them throughout the UK, Germany, Spain and the Far East. Plans for 2008 include a tour of Canada and the United States. He is also in demand as a freelance leader in the United Kingdom and Europe. He is Leader of the Disney production The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Mr. Atchison’s recordings include the Telemann Twelve Fantasias and the complete Sonatas and Partitas of J. S. Bach for the Altamira label. Also on Altamira he has made many recordings with the London Piano Trio including the recently released Complete Piano Trios of Armstrong Gibbs. Future recordings for 2010 - 11 include two violin and piano recital albums and the two Mendelssohn concertos and the world premiere recording of violin and orchestral works by Cotton Nixon for Dutton Records.
He was also Artistic Director with Renato Bossa of the International Music Series at the Certosa di Capri, Italy, from 2006-2009.
Mr. Atchison was recently appointed as the Artistic Director of the new Gibbs Festival in Danbury, Essex. The Festival’s inaugural season was 2008, and the next festival is in 2016.
2013 saw the release of the complete works for violin and piano by Armstrong Gibbs on the Guild label, with Mr Atchison and Olga Dudnik. Andin 2014 Atchison released The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi with his own Altamira Chamber Orchestra with Sir Michael Gambon narrating the Sonnets, which has received rave reviews from magazines such as Gramophone.








David Jones - Cello



David Jones was born in Shrewsbury. Although he began playing the cello from an early age he was initially drawn to the sciences and chose to read chemistry at Salford University before deciding to pursue a career as a 'cellist. He joined the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester under the tutelage of Moray Welsh. During this time he attended master classes in Perugia, Italy under David Geringas and also succeeded in becoming a finalist in the LSO Shell strings competition.
After completing his degree David held the position of Co-Principal ‘Cello first in the Halle and then in the Philharmonia Orchestra where he played the solos on many recordings including Tchaikovsky’s 2nd piano concerto with Barry Douglas (piano) and the complete Vaughan Williams symphonies conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
 David was the ‘cellist in the London Ensemble from 1994 to 2005 and made regular trips to Japan to great critical acclaim. Apart from recitals and other chamber music concerts David has given performances of several works from the concerto repertoire including Dvorak, Boccherini, Brahms Double Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.
In 2002 David was appointed Associate Principal ‘Cello of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden, and in the spring of 2009 he joined the London Piano Trio.

 


 


 

Francis Rayner - Piano



Francis Rayner was born in Merthyr Tydfil in 1960, and started piano lessons at the age of six. Three years later, he won first prize in the Under-14 National Piano Competition. He then entered Chetham's School of Music, and studied piano with Fanny Waterman and Ryszard Bakst. Whilst there, he gave many solo recitals and performed a number of concertos, including Beethoven's 3rd with the Hallé Orchestra.

While a pupil there he gained the LRAM performer's diploma at the age of sixteen, and entered the Royal Northern College of Music two years later. At College, he continued to perform extensively as a soloist as well as a chamber musician, visiting Prague and the Channel Islands, and graduated in professional performance.

In 1982, he won major prizes in the Alessandro Casagrande competition in Terni and in the Claude Debussy competition in Paris. In 1983, he moved to London, where he benefited from the professional advice of Murray Perahia and Charles Rosen, and continued to perform and to teach both in the U.K and abroad, visiting Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and the U.S.A. He has also broadcast on Italian television, French radio and the B.B.C.

In 1990, Francis moved to Sussex, where he is now regarded as one of the most distinguished musicians in the region. He lives in St Leonards-on-Sea, and, since he is also an accomplished chess player, he takes an active part in the musical and chess life of the region, acquiring pupils in both fields. He has for many years been a member of the Welsh National chess team in events abroad, and has won the Hastings and St Leonards championship nine times.

Musical organizations with which he has been closely associated in recent years include Enfield Choral Society, Opera South East, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Counterpoint Arts, and Hastings Philharmonic Choir.

He has been associated with the prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.. He will be performing as a member of the London Piano Trio for their 2016-2017 season.


 



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