BIOGRAPHY



Ensemble de Trianon was founded 2009 and was awarded Richard III Prize in RCM Historical Performance Competition in 2010, and more recently, the Ensemble were finalists of the 2012 Fenton House Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition. They have performed in numerous concerts and recitals including the RCM Museum of instruments, Parry Room Concert Series, Institut Français, Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall and St Peter’s Church Notting Hill in London. Their group name is derived from the Grand and Petit Trianon of the Château de Versailles, as the French court represents the centre of high baroque culture in the eighteenth century. The Château de Versailles and Trianon represent the exquisite perfection that artists and master craftsmen can achieve and the palace plays an important role in promoting French culture and art around the world. Versailles was a temple of innovative and subtle artistic excellence, reflecting a feeling of joie de vivre.

Ensemble de Trianon is a versatile period-instrument ensemble that strives to present varied and engaging programmes of familiar works and unknown gems to a wide audience. Performing music ranging from the intimate expressions of a solo voice, to the vibrant and vital evocations of a quintet, the Ensemble uses a rigorous and informed understanding of performance practice to highlight the full theatre and poetry of the French baroque. Though an emphasis on dance rhythms, and the popular and folk melodies that form the backbone of this music, Ensemble de Trianon hopes to excite and involve its audience fully in the music-making process, transforming an oft misunderstood and over-intellectualized repertoire back into the vigorous and lively frivolity it was meant to be. By combining musical performance with spoken introduction, dance, and dramatic elements, Ensemble de Trianon hopes to create accessible, enjoyable art, securing and maintaining the French baroque as part of our shared cultural heritage.

In 2015 Ensemble de Trianon is the ensemble in residence at Opera Barga Festival in Italy.


 

 

 

Photographer Aiga Ozo


Yu-Wei Hu - Baroque flute


Yu-Wei is a professional flautist specialising in historically-informed performance. As both a recitalist and orchestra musician, Yu-Wei has performed baroque and classical flute throughout the UK and Europe. She has performed with many baroque chamber ensembles and orchestras, such as Florilegium, Hanover Band and International Baroque Players. She performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Radio France Festival at Montpellier, BBC Proms 2012 at Cadogan Hall, London Festival of Baroque Music, Oxford Early Music Festival, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Johns Smith Square and Palace of Versailles in France as well as BBC Radio 3, Radio France and Austrian Radio Ö1Yu-Wei has also performed with British harpsichordist Jane Chapman in Grove Forum at the RCM and Arts and Humanities Festival 2011 at Kings College London. Their new CD was launched in April 2015.


As a chamber musician, Les Nation Réunies, the other baroque ensemble she co-founded in 2010, is the winner of the International Early Music Competition in Middelburg/The Netherlands 2011. They have been invited to perform in Austrian Radio Ö1 "Alte Musik-Neu Interpretiert" with Bernhard Trebuch, live from the Radiokulturhaus Wien in October 2011. Les Nation Réunies were also invited to perform in in Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands, UK, Vienna Bachwoche Festival and Carinthischer Sommer Festival in Austria. Yu-Wei performs classical flute with Swedish guitarist Johan Lofving as Flaugiussimo Duo. They performed many duo recitals around UK and Sweden, including Cadogen Hall, Kings Place, Pump Rooms in Bath as well as Brighton Early Music Festival, London Guitar Festival, Kings Lynn Festival, Stratford-on-Avon Festival, Honiton Festival, and Allsköns Musik Festival concert series at Blomskogs Kyrka, Sweden. Flauguissimo Duo's performances were highly appreciated by both audience and music critics.

Yu-Wei studied baroque flute with Lisa Beznosiuk and modern flute with Sue Thomas and Daniel Pailthorpe in Integrated Master of Music programme at the Royal College of Music London, supported by a Kit & John Gander Award 2008-9 and Taiwan Government Scholarship for Studying Abroad 2008-10, Yu-Wei was nominated the McKenna Prize for Baroque Music 2009/2010, and was awarded Master of Music in Advanced Performance with Distinction at the RCM in July 2010. Yu-Wei has taken part in OAE Experience Scheme for Young Players 2011 and Jeune Orchestre Atlantique in France 2011-12. Generously supported by an Parnassus Award, Yu-Wei continued her study of historical flutes with Lisa Beznosiuk and Rachel Brown at the RCM, and was awarded an Artist Diploma degree in 2013.




Magdalena Loth-Hill - Baroque violin



Magdalena Loth-Hill studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Jan Repko before continuing her studies at the Royal College of Music, London, with Itzhak Rashkovsky, Laura Samuel, Adrian Butterfield and Lucy Russell. Magdalena Loth-Hill graduated in 2013 with first-class honours from the Royal College of Music, London, and in 2015 gained a Master’s degree with first-class honours. At the RCM, she has been soloist in Bach’s E major concerto and Brandenburg No. 4, the Bach Double Violin Concerto and won the Century Fund Prize with her string quartet, Consone. She has led the RCM Baroque and Classical orchestras, performed live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and played on tour in Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, the United States and Bolivia.

Magdalena has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Kennedy Center, Buckingham and Kensington palaces among other venues. She has played the Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos with the City of Carlisle Orchestra, recorded works for the British Library ‘Georgians Revealed’ exhibition and recorded pieces for the ABRSM syllabus. Magdalena was a participant in the 2015 Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment experience scheme and is a founder member of Medici, Trianon and the Consone Quartet, which won the 2015 EUBO Development Fund Award and a year on the European Emerging Ensembles programme at the 2015 York Early Music Festival International Young Artists Competition. The Consone Quartet recently won the Ensemble A Prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition.

As an Orpheus Scholar at the RCM, Magdalena has been supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award, the Countess of Munster Trust, The Seary Trust, The Kathleen Trust, The Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund, the Else and Leonard Cross Trust and Lynn Foundation. She has been awarded the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music for 2015–16.




George Ross - Baroque cello



George Ross is a British cellist, specialising in period instrument performance, currently in the second year of his master’s studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where he receives lessons from Jaap ter Linden. Having attained a first class honours for his Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal College of Music in London, George has worked with such groups as The King's Consort, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Hanover Band. As well as performing orchestrally, in July last year his string quartet, the Consone Quartet was awarded two prizes at the International Young Artists Competition in York; the EUBO Development Trust prize, and a place on the Eeemerging Scheme 2016. In March this year (2016), the Consone Quartet won the Royal Over-Seas League competition.


















Johan Löfving, theorbo

 

Since being a prize winner in the prestigious London International Guitar Competition, Swedish Johan Löfving has established himself as one of the most exciting musicians of a new generation performing both guitar and theorbo. His solo recitals have taken him to some of the finest halls in Britain such as Kings Place and The Sage Gateshead, followed by celebrated chamber music performances in major halls and festivals such as Spitalfields, King's Lynn, Stratford-on-Avon, Brighton Early Music Festival, Carinthischer Sommer and Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben MuTh in Vienna.


He graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal College of Music in London where he studied guitar with Gary Ryan, theorbo with Jakob Lindberg and conducting with Natalia Luis-Bassa. At RCM he was awarded both the Guitar Prize and the Hilda Anderson Dean Prize. Later, he completed his studies with Prof. Robert Wolff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.


Apart from his long term work with flutist Yu-Wei Hu as Flauguissimo Duo, he has worked with some of the finest musicians, such as baritone Thomas Guthrie, tenor Rob Murray and pianist David Owen Norris who invited him to take part in the 'Playlist Series' on BBC Radio 4. 








Aidan Phillips - Harpsichord


Early keyboard specialist Aidan Phillips trained at the Royal College of Music where he was later Ruth Dyson Junior Fellow in harpsichord. He has performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Australia. Recent appearances include Styriate- Festival (Graz), BBC Proms (Cadogan Hall), the Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Monpellier Opéra Festival, and London’s Handel House. In 2009 he and Ensemble de Trianon won the RCM’s Richard III prize and have since appeared in performance internationally from Brighton (UK) to Barga (Italy).