"Often, the stereotype is that everything of worth in classical music is overseas and that musicians have to spend time in far-away lands to become proficient in their art. We’re passionate that Australia is a truly inspirational centre for music and culture and we’re incredibly proud to be showcasing this to the world at MICMC." Jonathan Békés, cello
The Clarendon Trio comprises three musicians; violinist, Riley Skevington, cellist, Jonathan Békés, and pianist, Berta Brozgul, who met during their time at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). They won first prize at the 2017 ANAM Chamber Competition and are the only Australian piano trio competing in the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. As individual musicians they have had many notable successes in national competitions as well as high profile performances throughout Australia as soloists in their own right. As passionate chamber musicians they have appeared together with leading national and international artists in concerts throughout Australia.
A common feeling for sound, as well as a powerful curiosity about each composer’s unique language, encouraged them to form the trio in 2017 in order to explore the possibilities in the extraordinarily diverse repertoire for this instrumental grouping. The trio has sought input from leading specialists in various stylistic genres, among them Robin Wilson, Timothy Young and Howard Penny, to further develop their own interpretations.
The Trio has performed expansively and to great acclaim throughout the Melbourne metropolitan and regional area, and is rapidly establishing a strong reputation and audience following for its compelling and intelligent musical approach. The trio is excited to build on its growing patronage and to include the widest variety of repertoire in their future concert appearances. Collaborations with leading young artists and composers are planned for future seasons.
Clarendon Trio members
Riley Skevington - Violin
Jonathan Békés - Cello
Berta Brozgul - Piano
HAYDN Piano Trio in E minor Hob XV 12
TCHEREPIN Piano Trio Op.35
STANHOPE Dolcissimo Uscignolo
STANHOPE Pulses for Piano Trio
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio in C Minor, op 66 no 2