The launch of the Backman Trio's new CD, Fantasia, will be celebrated at the Finnish Ambassador's Residence in Kensington on Thursday 12 June. The album features the premiere recording of the recently rediscovered Piano Trio Op. 2 by Finland's leading avant garde composer Erik Bergman.
Fantasia, released on Finnish label Fuga, is the culmination of the Backman Trio's last five years championing British and Finnish chamber music. Erik Bergman's work was revived by the trio for the composer's official centenary celebrations in Finland in 2011. The CD also contains the Phantasies by Bridge and Ireland and three unpublished works by Sibelius, including the Fantasia from the 'Korpo' Trio.
The Backman Trio is an Anglo-Finnish piano trio that was formed in 2009 by three Trinity Laban alumni, Marcus Andrews (now a staff accompanist), Frida Backman and Ruth Beedham. The trio has performed widely for concert societies and festivals across London, England and Finland. With generous financial support from the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland the trio was able to resurrect Erik Bergman's Trio Op. 2 for the composer's centenary in 2011, performing it for the first time since 1939. Further funding allowed the trio to return to Finland in 2012, performing the Bergman at the Camerata Hall in the Helsinki Music Centre and recording the work for broadcast on YLE Radio 1.
Marcus Andrews spoke to the Flash:
"I began studying at Trinity Laban with Junior Trinity in 1990 and continued right the way through my BMus degree. After a couple of years across the pond at the University of Connecticut I was back working as an accompanist and so I've never really left.
"Trinity Laban has always been a most supportive institution to be a part of and I have made many lifelong friends amongst fellow students and staff.
"But when you're playing in a small ensemble, you must be prepared to invest a huge amount of time and energy - however, the rewards more than repay the investment.