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Lyrebird Trio

Lyrebird Trio

Glenn Christensen violin
Simon Cobcroft cello
Angela Turner piano

In July 2013, Lyrebird Trio won all piano trio prizes at the quadrennial Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition: the Beluera Prize for best piano trio, and the Peter Druce Audience Prize. Subsequently, they featured in the ABC International documentary “Ivory, Strings and Bows”, broadcast in over 40 countries across Asia, North America, the Pacific and Indian subcontinent. As Winter Musicians-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, they gave numerous performances across the region in January/February 2014. The trio returned to Banff in January/February 2015, recording their debut CD for the Master Performers label. 

Lyrebird Trio are Ensemble-In-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium. In addition to their core season, other recent appearances have included engagements at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (Victoria), Ngeringa Cultural Centre (South Australia), Musica Viva QLD, 4MBS Festival of Classics, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with The Metropolitan

Orchestra (Sydney), and recordings and broadcasts for ABC-Classic FM, and the MBS networks. 

Outside of the trio, Glenn Christensen is a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Simon Cobcroft is Principal Cello with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and Angela Turner is a lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.


Themes and Variations 

Corelli – La Folia (1700)
Paul Stanhope – Dolcissimo Uscignolo (Sweetest Nightingale) (2007)
Brahms – Piano Trio No.2 in C major, op.87 (1882)

Lyrebird Trio’s 1 hr program joyfully explores different perspectives upon themes and variations.  Commencing with Corelli’s baroque La Folia (1700), whose melody and structure have provided inspiration to so many composers in the centuries to follow, they also present Australian Paul Stanhope’s Dolcissimo Uscignolo, which weaves inventively with materials of a Monteverdi madrigal. Brahms’ assured second piano trio features a profusion of beautifully developed themes, including a remarkable set of variations based on a Hungarian gypsy melody.

Songs from home

Haydn – Piano Trio in G major, Hob.XV:25 'Gypsy' (1795)
Sculthorpe – Night Song (1993/arr. trio 1995)
Dvorak – Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 90, B.166, ‘Dumky’ (1891)
Kodaly - Duo for violin and cello, op.7 (1914) 

Away from his day-to-day life as Music Director at the Esterhazy Palace, Hungary, Haydn wrote what was to become his most famous piano trio during a successful tour of England in 1795. Drawing upon the songs of itinerant gypsy musicians who frequented the Esterhazy grounds, Haydn’s resulting “Gypsy Rondo” is one of the most spirited movements in all of the literature. The Night Song of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe (described as “The voice of Australia”) reflects upon “solitary thoughts at night, while becalmed on a distant sea”, while Dvorak’s ‘Dumky’ trio presents six epic Slavic ballads, filled with Czech folksongs and dances, written in 1891 just before the composer would leave his homeland for America.

“The performances are exquisite and exhilarating… An impressive recording that augurs well for a long and enriching life by three stellar young Australian musicians.”  The Australian

Technical specifications

Concert grand piano, tuned on the day of performance.  Experienced page-turner.

Masterclass/workshop info

Presentation of pieces, interviews, masterclasses and workshops.

Book Artist

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Arts NSW. Musica Viva can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Melissa Cannon
CountryWide Manager