Grieg Trio
St Peter's Church, Shaldon
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Concert
Date: Sunday 22 June 2014
Start Time: 7.30pm
Performer(s): Grieg Trio
Host Organisation: Shaldon Festival
Box Office Contact: Malcolm Watson
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Concert presented in association with the Parkhouse Award and supported by Exeter and District Classical Music Society

Vebjørn Anvik piano
Sølve Sigerland violin
Margrete Flesjø cello

Joseph Haydn Piano Trio in G major, Hob.XV:25 'Gypsy'
Ernest Bloch Three Nocturnes
Dmitry Shostakovich Piano Trio No 1 in C minor
Felix Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor


Concert Review

It is entirely appropriate that the 25th Season of the Shaldon Festival, which began life in 1990 as a memorial concert to celebrate the life of David Parkhouse, ended with a concert performed by the Grieg Trio, first winners of the Parkhouse Award in 1991. Travelling from Norway, and on their first visit to the Festival, the players gave outstanding performances of four contrasting piano trios.

They began their programme with Joseph Haydn’s Piano Trio in G major Hob.XV:25, the second of three trios dedicated to Rebecca Schroeter, a young widow with whom Haydn had formed a close, possibly amorous relationship during his second visit to London in 1794-5. The opening movement was stylish and elegant with long flowing phrases. In the slower second movement Sølve Sigerland’s beautifully expressive violin solo on the main theme had this reviewer convinced this was the sound of Haydn in love. The Presto finale, the famous gypsy rondo, was played at a blistering speed and heavily accented; a very exciting rendition.

The quiet and calm opening to Ernest Bloch’s Three Nocturnes for Piano Trio provided a stark contrast to what had gone before. Composed in 1924, each movement depicts various characteristics of night and this dreamy, reflective music was captured well by the Grieg Trio players. The second Nocturne began with an expansive cello melody and it was a chance for Ellen Margrete Flesjø to shine, having been confined to a largely accompanying role in the Haydn.

Completing the first half, the Grieg Trio gave a compelling performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No.1 in C minor. A mere 16 year old student, Shostakovich wrote this piece in the summer of 1923 whilst recovering from poor health in a sanatorium in the Crimea. In the event, he not only regained his strength but fell in love with a fellow 16 year old patient, Tatyana Glivenko, to whom the Piano Trio is dedicated. The contrasts of pace and energy in this single movement work were handled superbly well by the Grieg Trio players; lyrical romantic melodies juxtaposed with spiky, rhythmic passages. Vebjørn Anvik’s piano playing was hugely impressive.

The final Trio performed in the concert, Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op.49 No.1, was described by Robert Schumann in 1840 as “the most masterly piano trio of the present day”. Well in June 2014 at the Shaldon Festival it was given a masterly interpretation by the Grieg Trio. There was such a perfect balance and understanding between the three players; it was a consummate display of musicianship and played with such obvious affection. The beautiful Andante was lovingly phrased and the Allegros abounded in lively activity.

Prolonged applause at the end was rewarded with a delightful encore: the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Trio No.1.

The Festival had waited 25 years to hear the Grieg Trio. It is hoped it will not be such a long gap before their next visit.

Enid Hayles

Photo of Grieg Trio at the Shaldon Festival Patrons Supper following their concert performance. Pictured with them are Eileen Parkhouse (centre) the Festival President and Ro Rickett (left) Festival Chairman. Photo courtesy of Viv Wilson.

Biography Grieg Trio

Following their successful debut in 1987, the Grieg Trio went on to study with András Mihály in Budapest, and later with Norbert Brainin of the Amadeus Quartet and Eli Goren of the Allegri Quartet.

Grieg Trio's international reputation is due in part to a series of recordings on SIMAX, Virgin and EMI featuring works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Smetana and Shostakovich; their fame also owes much to extensive concert tours and appearances at such prestigious venues as London's Wigmore Hall, Châtelet in Paris, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Sale Verdi in Milan, and New York's Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall.

Grieg Trio have received numerous prizes for their performances, including the prestigious Parkhouse Award, which secured the trio a series of concerts in London; first prize in the Colmar International Chamber Music Competition in France in 1989; and a Norwegian Spellemann prize for best classical recording (Dvorak piano trios) in 2004. Alongside performances and recordings of much of the standard repertoire Grieg Trio has commissioned, performed and recorded works by leading contemporary composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Erkki-Sven Tüür, and Lasse Thoresen.

From 2004-2009 Grieg Trio were artistic directors of the acclaimed Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival in Norway.

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.