A Glasgow-based trio of musicians will be making their debut performance in Rothesay on Friday, January 15, in what looks set to be an unmissable concert.
The Beinn Artair Piano Trio is named after the mountain also known as The Cobbler located near the head of Loch Long. It has three distinctive summits - as does this trio of musicians.
With Alice Rickards on violin, Sonia Cromarty on cello, and Oliver Rundell on piano, the three friends’ rapport on stage is second to none, and their love of music is much in evidence.
Alice is the only antipodean member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She was raised on a modest cattle farm near Armidale, northern New South Wales. Before moving to the UK in 2003 Alice completed her undergraduate performance degree at the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia.
She then gained her Masters with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Aberdeen-born Sonia Cromarty studied cello and baroque cello at the RSAMD gaining a First Class Honours degree and Post-graduate Diploma with Distinction. During her college years she won numerous prizes for solo and ensemble playing including the prestigious Peter Morrison Award for all round excellence. Since graduating she has enjoyed a busy and varied freelance career which has taken her around the world from South America to the Arctic.
Oliver studied Music at Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar at Corpus Christi College, and subsequently trained at the National Opera Studio. From 2002 to 2010 he was a full-time member of the music staff at Scottish Opera, where he worked on over thirty productions, including the Ring cycle, and conducted touring productions of Die Fledermaus and La Cenerentola. Based in Glasgow, Oliver combines his work as resident coach in the opera school of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a busy schedule of chamber music and conducting.
* Tickets for the concert are priced at £8 (free entry to school pupils), and the concert will begin at 7.30pm sharp in Trinity Church.