Gould Piano Trio

Gould Piano Trio

Since winning the first prize at both the Premio Vittorio Gui in Florence and the inaugural Melbourne Chamber Music Competition, while being promoted in Europe and the United States as British “Rising Stars”, the Gould Piano Trio is now considered as one of the finest of its kind performing today.   Their widely diverse repertoire displays a strong stylistic conviction appreciated by audiences and critics alike. Concerts at major venues such as Wigmore and Carnegie Halls and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and tours of North and South America, Europe and the Far East have introduced them to a wide and varied public.


Their discography not only includes the renowned masterpieces of the repertoire but also many hidden gems, brought to life through an ongoing collaboration with clarinettist Robert Plane.   Trio cycles by Brahms (Quartz), Hummel (Naxos) and Dvorak (Champs Hill) have been complemented by the late romantic works of Charles Villiers Stanford, John Ireland, Robin Milford, Cyril Scott and Arnold Bax many of which are in world premiere recordings.   A disc of contemporary works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Sally Beamish and James MacMillan (Champs Hill) was released in 2015 helping to bring British music to an international public.   This year sees the release of Saint-Saens’ Trios, the Piano Quartets of Brahms and his friend, Kirchner’s transcriptions of the master’s String Sextets for piano trio – another exciting rarity.


First-hand experience working with contemporary composers has led to the commissioning of many new works. They will celebrate their 25th anniversary year in 2017 with performances of a new commission from young British composer Mark Simpson, supported through Beyond Borders and the PRS for Music Foundation.

Image Credit: 
Jake Morley
  • Total duration: 19'04
  • MP3 | 320K 44.1 KHz
    32.8 MB

  • FLAC 16 | 16bit 44.1 KHz
    75.40 MB
  • Album Booklet PDF | FREE



Lucy Gould violin
Alice Neary cello
Benjamin Frith piano

[New Music Biennial - Live Recording]

At the age of 17 Mark Simpson became the first ever winner of both BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year. In 2015 he was appointed Composer in Association of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Impressed by Mark’s high profile appointment as the BBC Philharmonic’s new Composer-in-Association, as well as critical acclaim following his latest premiere of a large scale oratorio at the Manchester International Festival, this new work by Mark forms the centrepiece of the Gould Piano Trio’s 25th anniversary celebration.


After Avedon is a reaction to four photographs by the influential American photographer Richard Avedon.

1. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Waldorf Astoria, Suite 28A, New York, 1 April 1957

2. Ronald Fischer, Beekeeper, Davis, California, 9 May 1981

3. Francis Bacon, artist, Paris, 11 April 1979

4. Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg, New York, 30 December, 1963

This piece is part of New Music Biennial 2017. For more information about the project and to download the New Music Biennial album, please visit our project page:


After Avedon is commissioned by the Gould Piano Trio, supported by PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders, a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon


Produced with the support of partners and funders:

NMB funders



The performance of After Avedon was recorded live by the BBC on 2 July 2017 at Hull City Hall and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 15 July 2017.

Boosey & Hawkes
Catalogue number:
NMC DL201709
Release Date:
25 August 2017