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Rhodes Piano Trio

Michael Gurevich violin
David Edmonds cello
Robert Thompson piano

Formed in 2003 at the Royal Northern College of Music under the guidance of the‚Ä® late Dr. Christopher Rowland and Alasdair Tait, the Rhodes Piano Trio won Second Prize at the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Selected for representation by YCAT in 2010, the Trio has performed widely at venues and festivals across the UK and abroad, giving recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, and the Edinburgh Fringe, the Aldeburgh, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Cordes sur Ciel, Festspiele-Mecklenburg Vorpommern and Schwetzingen festivals. They have appeared on BBC Radio 3, SWR2 in Germany and ABC Classic FM in Australia. During the 2011/12 season the Trio was the resident ensemble as part of the One to Watch series at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, and they were Chamber Music Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The Trio have regularly worked at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, taking part in masterclasses with the Florestan Trio, the Ulysses
Ensemble, Menahem Pressler and Mitsuko Uchida. They also worked with Andr's Keller and Ferenc Rados at IMS Prussia Cove, the Aix-en-Provence and Verbier academies.

Whilst at the RNCM, the Trio enjoyed great success, winning all the RNCM's major chamber music prizes, touring Scotland as Tunnell Trust Award winners twice and winning the 2008 Elias Fawcett Award in the Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Finals. From 2005-2009 they took part in the RNCM's ChamberFests, in 2006 performing the Boris Tchaikovsky Trio to critical acclaim. They studied extensively with the Endellion String Quartet, the Gould Piano Trio and Ian Brown as well as taking classes with Charles Rosen, Alexander Melnikov and Gabor Takacs-Nagy.

Robert Thompson (piano) studied with Carole Presland at the Royal Northern College of Music and went on to complete his solo studies with Peter Frankl at Yale University. Since then Robert has enjoyed great success as a recitalist and chamber musician collaborating with artists such as Philip Higham, Thomas Gould, Bartosz Woroch and the Heath Quartet. Robert is also Head of Piano at Bedford School.

Michael Gurevich (violin) is a member of the London Haydn Quartet, with whom he appears worldwide in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and Esterhaza Palace, and has recorded with them on the Hyperion label. He has been a guest leader with several orchestras including the Glyndebourne Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. He also has a violin class at Chetham's School of Music and has taught chamber music at, amongst others, the Juilliard School, Royal Academy of Music and Yale University.

Following a position on the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy and studies with esteemed cellist Gregor Horsch, David Edmonds (cello) has been in high demand as chamber musician and orchestral player with some of the finest ensembles and orchestras in the UK. David has performed solo in venues such as the Royal Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal and has collaborated with musicians such as Marcia Crayford, Bjarne Fiskum and the Benyounes Quartet. Passionate about teaching, he has been working with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq since its inception.