“polished, intelligent and colourful playing”
– Michael Dussek
First prizewinners of the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition 2010, The Golden Piano Trio was formed under the direction of the Arman Piano Trio at the Dartington International Summer School in 2009 whilst on a full bursary. It’s members; all prizewinners and scholars from Trinity College of Music are Valtie Nunn (violin), Dan James (cello) and Manuel Lopez Jorge (piano).
Renowned for their warm and engaging performances the trio enjoys a wide and varied career performing across the UK and Europe. They have given recitals in venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London Charterhouse, Bristol Cathedral, MacLaren Hall, St Leonard’s Hythe for the Young Professional Series and Farnham Maltings as well as many regional concerts. They were awarded the John Thompson Chamber Music prize for excellence in recognition of their performances.
The Golden Piano Trio recently gave several concerts, to critical acclaim, in Galicia, Spain, including Teatro Colón, where they were also invited to give masterclasses at A Coruña High Conservatory. As keen advocates of neglected or contemporary works, the trio were invited to take part in the Coleridge-Taylor Festival in Croydon’s Braithwaite Hall, performing his sadly little known piano trio. In 2013 they gave a recital in the home of Sir Vernon Ellis’ in aid of the Kampala Music School, Uganda – a project which is particularly close to Valtie’s heart as she spent six of her early years in the country. They were also invited to participate as special guests in the Bravo Cello Festival at the Royal Academy of Music, where they received coaching from Guy Johnson.
Over the years the trio has been fortunate enough to work with many eminent chamber musicians including Natalie Clein, Deniz Gelenbe, of the Arman Trio, David Kenedy, Richard Markson, and Walter Verdehr. They are also members of the ChamberStudio scheme at London’s King’s Place where they have received coaching and guidance from distinguished chamber musicians such as Richard Ireland and Susan Tomes of the Florestan Piano Trio. Founding members Valtie and Manuel also perform together in an acclaimed duo and were first prizewinners in the Leonard Smith Duo Competition.