Fiorini Piano Trio

St. Jean-Baptiste Church

fiorini is a London based all-Australian piano trio. They formed in 1996 with Victor Sangiorgio joining them in 2002. With a keen interest in diversity of repertoire, incorporating new and ‘undiscovered’ repertoire into their programmes, fiorini gave the premiere of Stevenson’s Movie Demons in both the UK and Australia and the London premier of Australian composer, Andrew Schultz’s Tonic Continent.

They also premiered and recorded John Carmichael’s piano quartet Sea Changes and in 1999 were honoured to be invited to perform at the Australian High Commission in London to celebrate the 70th birthday of renowned Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe. They undertook their debut tour of Australia in 2005, with performances at the Barossa Music Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University in Canberra and a live broadcast for the ABC Classic Live series.

Their London debut, in 2005, was for the London Chamber Music Series and they have appeared regularly ever since, with 2009 seeing their debut at the prestigious new Kings Place concert hall. April 2010 saw the trio’s debut for the Harare International Festival in Zimbabwe and they first appeared at Les Heures Musicales d’Aujols in 2008, the first year of the festival.

Italian by birth, Australian by adoption, Victor Sangiorgio (Piano) grew up in Perth. He won most Australian prizes and performed as soloist with all of the major orchestras in Australia before he left on a Stuyvesant scholarship for studies in Siena, Rome and the United States finally settling in London. He broadcasts frequently for the major UK radio stations and his diverse discography includes the complete solo piano works of Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff and Mendelssohn concertos. He has recently completed the 2nd volume of Cimarosa sonatas for Naxos and holds the post of piano lecturer at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Née à Adélaïde, Belinda McFarlane (violon) arrive à Londres en 1988 comme premier violon dans l’Australian Youth Orchestra pour les Promenades Concert de la BBC, elle s’y plait tant qu’elle décide de s’y installer. Depuis 1991 elle est titulaire au London Symphony Orchestra et s’implique aussi dans diffèrents projets éducatifs, par exemple la réunion de 100 violonistes de tout pays et tout niveau ayant pour finalité des concerts à Londres et à Paris. Elle retourne régulièrement en Australie où elle enseigne au sein de l’Australian Youth Orchestra Elle joue sur un violon Giuseppe Fiorini, nom dont le trio s’est inspiré.

Born in Sydney, Matthew arrived in London in 1981 on a scholarship, becoming an Exhibition Student at the Royal College of Music from 1984-1988, winning both the Dorothy and Percy Coates Award for piano trio, and the Stern Award for cello. In 1992 Matthew was appointed to the position of sub-principal Cello for the BBC Concert Orchestra. Matthew is also a highly committed teacher, qualified in the Suzuki method of which he is a passionate advocate. He plays on a 1792 Benjamin Banks instrument.

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