The Linos Piano Trio’s colourful and distinctive musical voice draws on the rich cultural and artistic backgrounds of the three musicians. Their seven languages, five nationalities, and breadth of specialisms ranging from historical performance to new music, contribute to their multifaceted and personal performances. Alongside the ensemble’s commitment to the genre’s masterpieces, Linos expands the repertoire by championing hidden gems and creating new trio transcriptions.
Praised for its “slow-burning, gripping performance” by The Strad, and “virtuosity, presence of mind, and wit” by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Linos Piano Trio’s reputation has taken it to prestigious stages and festivals internationally, including London’s Southbank Centre, Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Melbourne Recital Centre, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Holzhausenschlösschen Frankfurt, Nikolaisaal Potsdam and Théâtre Saint-Louis France.
Of the ensemble’s numerous awards and affiliations, the Linos Piano Trio was the First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2015, the 2014 winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize, and has been Carne Ensemble-in-Residence at Trinity Laban Conservatoire since 2017.
The Linos Piano Trio was the first to record the complete Piano Trios by C.P.E. Bach, issued by CAvi-music in 2020. This release received several five-star reviews from across the European press, with Gramophone magazine describing the playing as “smart, efficient and alert to Bach’s quicksilver changes of mood and material”.
Formed in London in 2007, the Linos Piano Trio studied at the Guildhall School and then at the Musikhochschule Hannover with Professors Oliver Wille and Markus Becker. The ensemble also received generous scholarships from London’s ChamberStudio and Paris’s ProQuartet programmes to conduct its further studies with Sir András Schiff, Peter Cropper, Ferenc Rados, Rainer Schmidt and Eberhard Feltz, all of whom were highly influential in forming Linos’ musical approach.
In 2016 the trio embarked on its ongoing project Stolen Music, a rapturously-received series of trio arrangements of orchestral masterpieces such as Ravel’s La Valse, and Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice. In each Stolen Music arrangement, the members of the Linos Piano Trio work collaboratively to reimagine the works as if they had been originally written for the piano trio. The trio has just released its recording of Stolen Music for CAvi-music in partnership with the Bayerischer Rundfunk, featuring four important turn-of-the-century works, centred around the theme of transformation. Together with the album release, the trio will also soon launch Linos Edition, its own digital sheet-music publication of Stolen Music.
The Linos Piano Trio directs the Linos Festival in Cologne: an annual festival where the trio is joined by other musicians, expanding programmes and concepts beyond the trio repertoire.
Linos (Λῖνος) was a celebrated musician in Greek mythology. The son of Apollo, Linos received from his father the three-stringed lute, sometimes depicted as the lyre. As one of the original demi-gods of music, Linos had many pupils, most famously Heracles and his brother Orpheus. Linos was known as the inventor of new melodies, lyric songs, and eloquent speech.