Florestan Trio Announces Breakup
First trio to win Royal Philharmonic Society Award
The Florestan Trio, one of Britain’s leading piano trios, has announced its final concert season, which will culminate in January 2012 with a cycle of the Beethoven trios at London’s Wigmore Hall. The group’s decision to split was credited to their “diverging careers.” Violinist Anthony Marwood has a burgeoning solo career, cellist Richard Lester is a member of the London Haydn Quartet and principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Susan Tomes plans to continue her activities as a pianist and writer.
Formed in 1995, the Florestans have an extensive recording catalogue on Hyperion Records. Their disc of the first two Schumann Piano Trios received a Gramophone Award in 1999. “The Florestan is the ultimate in gentility and grace,” Fanfare magazine has opined.
By the time of their 2002 US debut, the Florestans were already a fixture in Europe and had founded an annual summer-music festival in Peasmarsh, East Sussex. In 2000, they were the first piano trio to receive the Royal Philharmonic Society Award.