Jane Gordon (violin)
Victoria Simonsen (cello)
Jan Rautio (piano)
The award-winning Rautio Piano Trio is one of Britain’s most dynamic chamber ensembles, critically acclaimed for their innovative programming and captivating performances. Their highly imaginative concerts include rarely performed works alongside the cornerstones of the repertoire, and they regularly use historical instruments for performances of eighteenth and nineteenth century music.
In 2013 they performed the complete cycle of Mozart’s Piano Trios on fortepiano at St George’s Bristol and at the Tel Aviv Museum of Arts in Israel, subsequently recording this album. The Trio’s interest in historical performance has since led them to perform Mendelssohn at The Cobbe Collection in Hatchlands on an 1845 Erard piano. They have also explored the often neglected trios of Johann Christian Bach (the ‘London Bach’) which they first performed for the London Bach Society BachFest in 2014.
The Trio is based in London and has played across the UK, France, Austria, Germany and Israel. Highlights include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Kings Place in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Joseph Haydn-Saal in Vienna, live on BBC Radio 3, with concerts at the Hambacher Musikfest in Germany, SOUND contemporary music festival in Scotland, English Haydn Festival and the Pablo Casals Festival in France.
The Rautio Piano Trio was established at the Royal Academy of Music and International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove. They have been recipients of numerous awards from the Tillett Trust, Worshipful Company of Musicians, Park Lane Group, Musician’s Benevolent Fund Ensemble Award, EnglishSpeaking Union and were appointed Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music.
‘[...] ravishing tone and depth of timbre [...] a real sense of musical line’
‘The Rautio Piano Trio gave mature and persuasive accounts’
'Rarely does a disc come along that unexpectedly brings so much pleasure as this one [...] fabulous recordings, magical performances.'
Early Music Review