Formed in 2012, the Leonore Trio brings together three internationally acclaimed artists whose piano trio performances as part of Ensemble 360 were met with such enthusiastic responses that they decided to form a piano trio in its own right.
The Trio has since given concerts throughout the UK, Italy, Norway (Bergen International Festival and Oslo Concert Hall), Denmark and in New Zealand. Whilst in New Zealand they played to and coached a group of young musicians as part of the Sistema Aotearoa programme, and were adjudicators of the Royal Over-Seas League New Zealand Chamber Music Competition. Their concert in Hamilton was broadcast on Radio New Zealand.
The Leonore Trio’s debut recording for Hyperion of the piano trios of Anton Arensky in March 2014. The disc received critical acclaim both nationally and internationally with praise for the Trio’s "revelatory playing" (The Observer) and “impressively wide range of timbres” (Limelight Magazine). Their second disc – a recording of Lalo’s piano trios – was released in 2015. It was described as ‘remarkable’ and ‘terrific’. In late January 2017, the Leonore Trio’s third disc for Hyperion was released. The trio were described as 'fine interpreters' of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Sergei Taneyev with this disc of their piano trios. A disc of Johann Peter Pixis’ Piano Trios will be released in 2018.
The 2016-17 season saw the Trio perform at the Odsherreds Kammermusikfestival (Denmark), Wigmore Hall, Music at Oxford, Buxton Festival, the Leamington Music Festival Weekend and Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham.
One of Britain's leading clarinettists, Matthew Hunt is a distinctive musician, renowned for the vocal quality of his playing and his ability to communicate with audiences. He holds the position of solo clarinettist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and is a member of the Sheffield based chamber group Ensemble 360. A very keen chamber musician, he appears regularly with Meta4, the Chiurascuro and Elias quartets, Thomas Adès, Pekka Kuusisto, Emily Beynon, Nicholas Altstaedt, Alina Ibragimova, and La Bande de La Loingtaine. He has also appeared as a guest of the Berlin Philharmonic as a soloist in their series at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusik Saal.
Matthew’s plans for this season include appearances at festivals including Lockenhaus (Austria), Kaposvar (Hungary), Kuhmo (Finland) and Charlottesville (United States), and concerto appearances with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Paavo Jarvi, and with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Ingolstadt. As an orchestral musician, Matt a regular guest principal with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and has appeared as a guest principal with the Concertgebouw and BBC Symphony Orchestras and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Matthew's recording for ASV of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with the Elias quartet was met with critical acclaim, with the BBC Music Magazine hailing it with five stars as "the Benchmark recording of this much recorded work".
"The clarinettist played so beautifully it was as though he wished to make the very air of the hall melt" Tokyo Times.