Once again Classic Music Live! Falkirk is bringing a high flying international ensemble to the town … with a little help from a well-connected Bairn.
The Trio Isimsiz – which will perform CML!F’s October concert – was formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and since then has attracted rave reviews.
The trio is now represented by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), a body which aims to attract the brightest young talent on the classical music scene and nurture it.
At the helm of the organisation is chief executive Alasdair Tait – a name many in Falkirk will recognise as his well-kent parents, Bob and Christine Tait, helped to found and run Classic Music Live! Falkirk.
This connection has been invaluable to CML!F as it seeks to bring high quality chamber music to the town – without breaking the bank.
Said Bob: “Because Alasdair is involved in identifying and nurturing the very best new talent, music clubs such as ours can enjoy their performances before they go on to play at world class venues.
“We are able to identify artists and groups who’ll go on to have stellar careers and invite them to Falkirk while it is still within our limited budget.”
And the audiences are not the only ones to benefit.
Bob added: “There is a natural progression from gifted young musicians participating in major competitions and festivals, then performing in clubs such as ours before going on to the international stage.
“They are building their repertoire all the time, so music clubs play a vital role in the development of these young players – and we get to enjoy virtuoso performances for a fraction of the amount they will command in even just a few short years.”
Now in its 30th year, YCAT has a bespoke approach to guiding its future stars.
Alasdair – himself an accomplished musician – explained: “YCAT’s record of supporting some of the world’s major international artists is a glowing testament to its vital position in the heart of the musical fabric of the UK.”
YCAT becomes responsible for the artists’ organisational work, and helps with the wider commercial aspects of a professional career such as publicity and promotion.
Crucially, it also offers guidance musically and personally, educating the artists in strategic career planning.
YCAT has helped launch the careers of some of the UK’s most established musicians and Trio Isimsiz looks set to follow in their footsteps.
Over the last year the trio has given recitals at the Barbican and Royal Festival Hall. Engagements during 2013/14 include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Barber Institute Birmingham, The Sage Gateshead, Brighton Dome and Colston Hall Bristol.
And that’s all in addition to the huge success they have enjoyed as individual musicians.
The Trio will perform Beethoven’s Archduke Piano Trio and Notturno in Eb by Schubert. The other work in the programme is a virtuosic piano trio by Erik Korngold.
Bob Tait added: “This is probably the first time that a composition of this American composer, well known for his film scores, has ever been performed in Falkirk.”
Tickets priced £11 (students £3) are available from the Steeple Box Office (01324 506850) or at the door on the evening of the concert.