Kathryn Selby, Piano
Niki Vasilakis, Violin
Emma-Jane Murphy, Cello
TRIOZ boasts an enviable partnership of three established and highly polished charismatic performers. TRIOZ brings together renowned concert pianist Kathryn Selby with inspiring young virtuoso violinist Niki Vasilakis, whose star has steadily been rising through recital and concerto appearances around the country as well as being one of the featured soloists of the new international film entitled Ď4í and hosting the special TV series, Classical Destinations. The brilliant and very popular former ACO Principal Cellist, Emma-Jane Murphy completes this ensemble of outstanding Australian women performers.
TRIOZ is Australiaís most exciting chamber ensemble. Comprised of three of Australiaís most talented and experienced chamber music performers, this new piano trio wowed audiences and critics around the country with their first performances in November 2006 and again for the first tour of the new national concerts series, Selby & Friends in 2007.
Hereís what the critics say:
A member of (Macquarie) trio once said that playing chamber music was like a marriage. You can say that again. As with many postmarital gatherings, there wasn't a Y chromosome in sight. Who needs them? Three strong women, each with a different take on what makes music interesting, make up TRIOZ. Selby, as the most experienced in this repertoire, kept the tempo moving and maintained musical cohesion when the others were tempted to pause and dwell on a topic. The violinist Niki Vasilakis is an instinctive, big-boned player with natural feeling for the romance and sweep of the violin sound. The cellist Emma-Jane Murphy leans forward and grabs each moment with insistent eyes and magnetic intensity ... It is refreshing to hear performers who play out and don't always sound as though they are trying to win a competition. The technical polish is high, but it is the differences and dissonances of personality that create the interest and the chemistry - enough chemistry in fact, to make a marriage. With friends like these, who needs marriage? Peter McCallum, SMH, March 2007
Other events in the five-part series will feature Selby in collaborations with the Janaki String Trio from America and cellist Li-Wei, but they will have to meet a high standard to match last Wednesday's season opener. Beethoven's Kakadu Variations give much of their focus to the keyboard and Selby vaulted through their figurations with her usual driving panache, although both string players had their moments to shine. But towards the second half of the following Mendelssohn Trio in C minor, the musicians moved onto a performance plane that you rarely experience, particularly at close quarters as in Melba Hall. The pianist is a well-known quantity, an experienced and forthright interpreter. Murphy's sense of ensemble and projection has been well honed by her years in the Australian Chamber Orchestra's principal chair. What you didn't expect was Vasilakis' soaring generosity of output, impeccably modulated to match her colleagues. My memories for the year will include some achingly moving passages in sixths for both string voices from this account of a piece that is all-too-rarely heard live. Clive O'Connell, The Age
In a challenging program of piano trios by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Ravel they already displayed the essential musical qualities to be a notable addition to permanent chamber ensembles in this country. With a totally committed approach from the players in which an excellent tonal balance was maintained between the three instruments, and with this enhanced by a fine understanding of the special qualities of Ravelís lovely work, it was a performance to savour with constant delight. This concert made an impressive start to this new national musical venture, with the promise of varied and memorable chamber music rewards to come from further performances during the year. WLHoffmann, Canberra Times, March 2007
...there was much to admire here in the virtuosity of the playing by Selby, Murphy and violinist Vasilakis. Stephen Whittington, Adelaide Advertiser, March 2007
The McQuoin Centre at Monte Santí Angelo College, North Sydney, proved large enough for a weatherproof, discerning, faithful audience of around 400. Its acoustics are good and performances of vivid integrity resisted distraction from traffic outside and rain. The Kakadu Variations by Beethoven opened the program followed by two major works of urbane civility: Mendelssohnís Opus 66 and Ravelís A Minor Trios. It would have been hard to imagine better playing than provided by pianist Kathryn Selby, violinist Niki Vasilakis and cellist Emma-Jane Murphy. Their Canberra recital last week was sold out, and Sydney should follow suit. Fred Blanks, North Shore Times, March 2007
And they prove that for every negative there is a positive for these three musicians not only have all the cards in the deck when it comes to technique but they obviously enjoy playing together. It was Ravel's pellucid trio in A minor which finished off the evening. Composed on the eve of World War I at an unhappy period of the composer's life it is nevertheless a ravishing work with a feeling of colour and sunlight bursting through the trees of his native Basque country.
The trio shone in the three quicker movements and the stately passacaglia was particularly moving in the shadow of stained glass windows and the tombs of bishops. Steve Moffatt, Manly Daily, March 2007
2007 sees TRIOZ presenting three national tours as part of the Selby & Friends national season, performing at the Opera House in Sydney as guest artists of the new Utzon Room Series, as guest artists for Musica Viva and other music societies and organisations in regional centres around the country. In 2008, TRIOZ is to be the very first ensemble in residence at City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney and will be presenting not only evening concerts as part of the Selby & Friends series but also will participate in a new lunch time series at City Recital Hall from March 2008 that will endeavour to go behind the music.