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Metamorphoses had a great tour back in February, before all of the Coronavirus scare was in full swing.  We were all over Yorkshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, and more. Our marvellous pianist, Ilona Timchenko had a little “metamorphosis” of her own during that time, and gave birth at to a gorgeous little boy while we were on this tour.  We missed her very much, but we enjoyed getting to know the brilliant young pianist, Elena Fischer- Dieskau, (the grandaughter of the eminently famous baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,) and we had a great time making music with her.

March came and things were starting to go wrong, but the world wasn’t completely closed yet.  So, we went ahead and travelled to Spain to play concerts together with Ilona again.  It was wonderful to be all together again, but after three concerts into our tour, the rest of our concerts on our tour were abruptly cancelled as the Covid-19 situation in Spain became more frightening by the day, even the hour.  I scrambled to get a new flight and made it home safely, just in time.

I am keeping a positive attitude, and have been making the most of my time of slowing down.  Reading books, cooking, learning new repertoire, and I have been creating online musical content every couple of weeks of so. My husband and I were extremely fortunate to be asked to perform a streamed recital for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. If you’d like to hear that, head over to my “Live” page.

My latest short offering piece by Sir James MacMillan, called “From Galloway”.  I thought this soulful Scottish tune might make a fitting tribute to our essential workers.  Have a listen:

 

 

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Many reviews of the debut CD by Metamorphoses came out, and we are thrilled to report that they were unanimously glowing!  We were picked up on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review and got a lovely shout, and this review was just in The Herald. Album review: Metamorphoses Trios by Schumann, Smit, Mozart, and Francaix

Trio Metamorphoses ©FoppeSchut.nl _C6A6567a

 

For those who don’t know, one of my beloved chamber music ventures is a trio called “Metamorphoses” which has taken off very quickly! We are three musicians who call five countries home, bringing together our combined international experience to create an exciting chemistry. The performers are violist Roeland Jagers from the Netherlands, pianist Ilona Timchenko, a Russian living in Spain, and myself, an American (though now British too!) living in the UK playing clarinet.

 

This album offers our listeners an interesting program of beautiful music, some of which that they may not have heard before. As a gift to you, we would like to invite you to have a listen to the bonus track from the album. We hope you enjoy the Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale for Clarinet and Viola by Rebecca Clarke.

As the name “Metamorphoses” suggests, our aim is to continuously evolve together through repertoire and through future collaborations with other artists be they musicians, actors, singers, or visual artists.  While we will naturally perform the household works of Mozart and Schumann, we also seek to explore lesser-known works of outstanding quality, as well as commission new works for our virtuosic yet soulful ensemble.  We have already compiled a list of hundreds of existing works to keep us busy for a long, long time.  Have a look at our short film, hopefully we’ll be coming your way very soon. Follow us on Twitter! @Metamorph0ses

 

Review of my Brahms and Rózsa album can be found HERE

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