Boris Kucharsky, Bobby Chen and Thomas Carroll thoroughly cherished their time spent at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Boris and Thomas first arrived at the School exactly 30 years ago. Today they are highly esteemed soloists, and both Professors at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Bobby is a soloist and chamber musician, and runs a biennial piano course for Asian students. What unites all three of them is the guidance they received from Lord Menuhin. As teenagers, every one of them was featured as soloist with the great master, an experience neither of them will ever forget. The inspiration they received, thrives and flourishes inside their musical hearts to this day. Tonight you will hear them playing some of the greatest trio repertoire ever written.
Boris Kucharsky, a solo violinist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher, studied chamber music at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Peter Norris, Sidney Griller (Griller Quartet) and Hans Keller as well as with the Endellion and Chilingirian Quartets. He studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne (1989-1994) with Igor Ozim and was coached by the Amadeus and Alban Berg Quartet in chamber music. He has played with major orchestras worldwide including the Slovak Philharmonic and Radio Symphony, Dortmund Philharmonic, Karlsbad Symphony, European, Vienna and Prague Chamber Orchestras as well as the Gulf Coast Symphony. Kucharsky collaborated with the legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin, playing Bach's Double and Triple Concerto with him and Beethoven's Violin Concerto as soloist with Menuhin conducting. This series of concerts across Germany first laid the foundation for Boris Kucharsky's remarkable reputation. His recording of all 10 Beethoven Sonatas, released in 2010, won widespread critical acclaim. Since 2008 he has performed all chamber works written for the violin by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Schumann. In 1999 Kucharsky's recording of Suchon's Violin Concerto 'Fantasia and Burleska' was awarded 'Best Classical Recording of the Year' by the National Slovak Radio.
Born in Swansea, Thomas Carroll studied with Melissa Phelps at the Yehudi Menuhin School and with Heinrich Schiff in Austria. An exceptionally gifted cellist, he is one of only two artists who auditioned successfully for both Young Concert Artists Trust in London and Young Concert Artists, Inc. in New York. He has since gone on to give critically acclaimed debut recitals at Wigmore Hall (London), Alice Tully Hall (NY) and in Boston, California, Florida and Washington DC. As a concerto soloist Thomas has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Mozart Players, ViVA, Orchestra of the East Midlands, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Heinrich Schiff), English Chamber Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic, and Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra. Much in demand as a chamber musician, Thomas has worked with the Belcea Quartet, Chilingirian Quartet, Endellion Quartet, Yehudi Menuhin, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, Mischa Maisky, Michael Collins, Julian Rachlin at Wigmore Hall, the Edinburgh and Cheltenham International Festivals, among many others. Recordings include Michael Berkeley’s String Quintet with the Chilingirian Quartet for Chandos.
Malaysian Bobby Chen studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne and Ruth Nye. He burst onto the scene in 1996 with a British tour with Lord Menuhin, and a recital at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the South Bank Prokofiev Festival. Chen has performed as soloist under conductors Lan Shui, Mathias Bamert, Maximiliano Valdés, Sir Neville Marriner, Pierre-André Valade, Giancarlo Guerrero, and with orchestras such as the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Sinfonia, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. He is also in an active piano duo with Canadian Douglas Finch, and runs the biennial Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy.
- Piano Trio in E flat
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- 3 Duets for Clarinet and Bassoon (transcribed for Violin and Cello)
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- Piano Trio No 1 in B major
- Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)