First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2015, the Linos Piano Trio is increasingly recognised as one of Europe’s most creative and dynamic trios.
Drawing on the rich and varied cultural and musical backgrounds of its members, which encompass five nationalities, as well as specialisms in historically informed performance and new music, the Linos Piano Trio possesses a colourful and distinctive musical voice. Praised for its “slow-burning, gripping performance” by The Strad, and an “astounding performance” by the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, the trio’s reputation has taken it to prestigious venues worldwide including the Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Melbourne Recital Centre, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Holzhausenschlösschen in Frankfurt and the György Ligeti Saal in Graz.
Founded in October 2007, the Linos Piano Trio came to prominence in the Tunnell Trust Showcase for Young Musicians. In 2014 the trio was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize for an outstanding ensemble. In the same year, the Linos Piano Trio was selected for the prestigious ChamberStudio Mentorship Scheme where it received guidance from Peter Cropper, Eberhardt Feltz, Anthony Marwood and Sir András Schiff.
The Linos Piano Trio recently recorded the complete Piano Trios by C.P.E. Bach to celebrate the 300th anniversary of his birth. In 2016 the trio embarked on its current, on-going project, ‘Stolen Music’, a rapturously received series of creative arrangements of orchestral masterpieces such as Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan and Isolde, and Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
In the 2019-20 season, the Linos Piano Trio will make a debut appearance in Italy, as well as performing in France, Germany and across the UK.
They also hold the position of ‘Artists-in-Residence’ at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, and have been working with the conservatoire since 2017.
Thai-British pianist Prach Boondiskulchok is much in demand as pianist, fortepianist and composer. Prach studied piano and composition at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Scholar of Princess Galyani Vadhana. Active as a soloist and collaborative pianist, Prach performs in concert halls worldwide. Recent highlights include a recital with Steven Isserlis in 2017, and participation as soloist and jury member at the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival and Competition in 2016 and 2017.
Recent compositions include Night Suite (2014) for Piano Trio, and chamber song cycle Goose Daughter (2016) commissioned by the Birdfoot Festival, premiered in New Orleans, New York, and London in 2016-17. His quartet ‘Ritus’ was commissioned by the Endellion Quartet as part of their fortieth-anniversary celebrations and premiered at Wigmore Hall in May 2019.
His youthful performance of Bach at the Royal Festival Hall was highly praised by the Independent as an “ecstatic rendition [which] would have been a high point in any programme”.
As a devoted chamber musician and soloist, violinist Konrad Elias-Trostmann has appeared at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre and Clarence House, where he performed in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Born of German and Brazilian parents, Konrad grew up in London. He attended the Purcell School of Music and has completed studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Cologne’s Musikhochschule and Salzburg’s Mozarteum, studying with Professors such as Mihaela Martin and Rainer Schmidt. He has also worked with Maxim Vengerov, James Ehnes, András Keller, Tasmin Little and Carolin Widmann. Konrad has done orchestral work with the LSO, RPO, WDR Sinfonieorchester and Gürzenich Orchester Köln.
Recent solo highlights include performing as soloist in the UK premiere of Swedish composer Andreas Hallén’s ‘Romanze für Violine und Orchester’ and at LSO St. Luke’s Hall in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto directed by David Alberman with Sinfonia d’Amici.
Passionate about all aspects of music-making, cellist Vladimir Waltham divides his time between solo, chamber, orchestral and teaching work on both modern and baroque cello, as well as various other early instruments. In 2012, after a lengthy selection process he was chosen by the prestigious Jumpstart Jr. Foundation to receive the loan of a beautiful baroque cello by Nicola Gagliano, and in 2016 he won third prize at the Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition.
Born in France, Vladimir started learning the cello at the age of five. At the age of 16 he moved to the UK to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School then at the Guildhall. Vladimir can regularly be heard performing in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan t’Ij, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall and Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional. Other notable venues have included Concertgebouw Bruges and Volksbühne Berlin, with performances at festivals such as Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, City of London Festival, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Birdfoot Festival (USA) and Eilat Festival (Israel).
Linos (Λῖνος) was a celebrated musician in Greek mythology. The son of Apollo, Linos received from his father the three-stringed lute, and became known as the inventor of new melodies, lyric songs, and eloquent speech. As one of the original demi-gods of music, Linos had many pupils, most famously Heracles and his brother Orpheus.