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"a good-sized audience was spell-bound by the artistry of the Da Vinci Trio. (They) electrified the audience from the opening bars of the Beethoven Op 1 trio in E flat. Their almost uncanny bond delivered a sound that was hair-trigger precise and charged with feeling. The sheer beauty of what they were doing held the listeners as if in an astonishing dream, though instrumentalists among them were marvelling at the virtuosity that was being unrolled.

Particularly in the haunting Schubert Adagio Notturno in E flat major, the measured, thoughtful phrases wove an intricate pattern that brought a sense of familiarity even though the piece was a long way from the lyricism of much of Schubert's chamber work. A new piece by an Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, had a bell-like quality coupled with the purity of old music sung in monasteries and cloisters.

The evening culminated in the magnificent Brahms piano trio in C major, Op 87. Throughout, the sense that the performers shared the single mind of the composer brought a sense of privilege to the audience. The passion of the music put a finger on the innermost emotions of listeners and left people feeling moved and exalted. This was an evening when we heard something very special, and it will stay long in the minds of all those present."

Alison Prince, Isle of Arran Music Society, 19/3/16

"a performance that kindled its neat balance of free-flowing melody and emotional warmth. ..the blend of the ensemble stood out, though not so much as to mask the personable flair of each fine musician." "These are three players who know what chamber music is all about. No battling for prominence, nor any showy arrogance or bravado, just an exemplary display of teamwork and empathetic musicianship that tinged each of their performances with compelling affection"

Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman (on Schubert’s B flat piano trio)

"The Da Vinci Trio’s dazzling performance of this masterpiece of the genre embodied both the exuberance of this music and the sheer joy of making music in the true Schubertiad spirit. Such was the power of the performance, that even after the trio had left the stage and the applause had died away, the audience sat in silence for some time, still savouring their unique shared experience. "

The Galloway News (on a performance of Schubert’s B flat piano trio)

Da Vinci Piano Trio / (violin, cello, piano)

The Da Vinci Piano Trio is well known for their relaxed, witty and informative introductions and for their expressive playing.

In addition to the established repertoire, the trio attracts many new commissions, including works by Beamish, Hellawell and by Weisenberg (performed at the Edinburgh International Festival 2009).

Recent performances of note include festivals such as Glasgow, Dartington, Sound Festival (Aberdeen), and a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

Anthony Moffat, violin

Anthony was founder member of both the Duke String Quartet and the Borante Piano Trio.

He has led many internationally acclaimed orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, BBC Concert and Hallé Orchestras, as well as the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

He has been leader of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera since 2001.

Robert Irvine, cello

Robert has been principal cello with many internationally acclaimed orchestras, including the Britten Pears Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

He was a founder member of the Brindisi Quartet with which he toured and broadcast extensively. This year sees him continuing his work with the Red Note Ensemble, specialising in contemporary repertoire.

He has recorded several CDs, including the complete cello works of Sally Beamish for BIS, Cello works of Giles Swayne and Rachmaninov/Schostakovich Sonatas for Delphian, to high critical acclaim, including being chosen as CD of the month in Gramophone magazine.

Mario Montore, piano

Mario Montore was born in Cosenza in 1985. As a solo performer, he has won over forty national and international competitions. He has already taken part in more than three hundred concerts as a soloist, with orchestra and in chamber ensembles in Italy and abroad (Switzerland, Spain, Holland, Romania, Japan, etc).  He recently held a Master Class in Chamber Music at the Musical Academy of Kurayoshi (Japan).  He has worked with many musicians such as Angelo Persichilli, Andrea Oliva, Boris Belkin, Wolfgang Marschner, Rocco Filippini, Lion Shanbadal, Antonio Pappano, etc.  He is the Artistic Director of the “Goffredo Petrassi” Association.  He is delighted to be continuing his association with Tony and Robert of the Da Vinci Trio.


Mid Argyll Arts Association tour 2016

2nd November: Islay, Bridgend Hotel

4th  November: Kintyre, Lorne and Lowland Church Hall, Longrow, Campbeltown

5th November: Ardrishaig Public Hall

6th November: Oban, St John’s Cathedral

13th November: Dunoon

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