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The Gould Piano Trio

The Gould Piano Trio has been compared in the Washington Post to the great Beaux Arts Trio for their “musical fire” and “dedication to the genre” and has remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for over a quarter of a century.

Behind The Scenes

Musical Fire

Launched by winning first prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, they were European Concert Halls Organisation “Rising Stars”, making a highly successful debut at New York’s Weill Recital Hall, described by Strad Magazine as “Pure Gould”

Lucy Gould


Richard Lester


Benjamin Frith


Tours of N. America, the Far East, Europe and New Zealand have been interspersed by adventurous recording projects, including releases on Naxos, Chandos, Somm, Resonus, NMC and Champs Hill. In addition to their highly praised recordings of the standard works, the trio have thrown light on long neglected gems from late romantic British repertoire, such as trios by C.V. Stanford and John Ireland, plus fascinating works by Bax, Milford, York Bowen and Cyril Scott. More recent additions include John Casken’s piano trio and a disc of works by Charles Ives, Rebecca Clarke and Amy Beach.

The first volume of their Schubert Piano Trio cycle, in which these sublime masterpieces are juxtaposed with skilful arrangements (by Carl Zellner and Brian Newbould) of the composer’s dances, was released on the Resonus Classics label in 2021. The Goulds’ performance of Leokadiya Kashperova’s Piano Trio, recorded live at the Edinburgh International Festival the same year, was selected for the festival’s chamber music highlights disc on the Linn label, and featured on Radio 3’s Composer of the Week.

The album of chamber music by Pamela Harrison from the Gould Piano and Robert Plane, curated by Robert Plane, was released by Resonus Classics in early 2023, and was featured as one of Gramophone Magazine’s “best new classical albums this week”. The Goulds have now embarked on their next major recording project, the seven Heinrich Marschner Piano Trios and two Piano Quartets, and look forward to returning to the studio in April 2024 for the second album in this series for Naxos.

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