The Grier Trio at St Mary’s Dr Mathers Christmas Treat
Wednesday December 18th 7.30 pm
The Grier Trio
Savitri Grier (violin)
Indira Grier (cello)
Francis Grier (piano)
Brahms: Piano trio in B major Op 8
Dvorak: Piano trio in E minor Op 90 ‘Dumky’
What a wonderful way to spend a rainy evening – Thank you dear Hugh Mather for telling me about this remarkable family trio who truly play as one.What a Christmas Gift for this last concert of the year.
Hausmusik indeed and streamed into my own home.
The sumptuous early Brahms Trio in which all Brahms’ youthful passion was lain bare and contrasted so well with the typical exhuberance of the ‘Dumky’ Trio of Dvorak’s native country.
How could one praise the superb cello playing of Indira without singling out the magnificent violin of Savitri.
But above all a father figure surveying the scene so expertly without any arguments but drawing the family together in a remarkable family discussion of give and take.
Mutual anticipation indeed as Menuhin like to describe it.
No point in wasting words about a performance when one can just sit back comfortably and wallow in the magnificence of these two masterpieces in such caring hands.
The Grier Trio consists of Savitri (violin) and Indira (cello) playing with their father, Francis Grier (piano). They have played at St John’s, Smith Square and at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, as well as in the Blackheath Halls concert series, and they regularly perform at St Mary’s, Perivale and at Bob Boas’ concert series. In 2016 they played at All Souls, Oxford, and in the Holywell Music Room for the Oxford Chamber Music Society. In 2017 they performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, with the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra directed by Stephen Cleobury. In 2019 they will be making their first CD, recording trios by Brahms and Dvorak.
During the 2019/20 season Savitri makes her debut as soloist with the Concerto Budapest, City of Birmingham Youth and Qatar Philharmonic Orchestras. She gives recitals in Mumbai and concerts across Europe. In 2020 she guest leads the Budapest Festival Orchestra at major venues across Europe. Over the last year Savitri has played in Qatar, China, India, and Guatamala.
Other highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall, a collaboration with the Dvorak Quartet at Berlin Konzerthaus and Laeiszhalle Hamburg and a residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performing the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas. As a soloist Savitri has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, English Chamber and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestras, among many others. She was selected by YCAT in 2015. Savitri studied at Oxford University, the Guildhall School of Music, and the Universität der Künste Berlin with David Takeno and Nora Chastain.
Already the recipient of several international prizes, Indira has recently completed a Masters degree at the Royal College of Music studying with Alexander Chaushian. Previously she was taught by Melissa Phelps and then by Troels Svane at the Musikhochschule Luebeck. Indira has won Making Music’s 2019 ‘Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist Award’, the 2019 RCM Unaccompanied Bach Prize, the 2018 RCM Concerto Competition performing the Elgar Cello Concerto and a Gold Medal in the 2019 Vienna International Music Competition. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician across the UK and Europe, and has participated in masterclasses with David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Thomas Ades and Steven Isserlis.
Francis Grier used to be organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and gave the first ever Prom concert given over to a solo performer in 1985. He is now a psychoanalyst and composer. In 2006 his Passion , commissioned by the BBC and VocalEssence in Minneapolis was reviewed as “a work of vital attack, shivering beauty and compelling power…”, and as “a modern masterpiece.” He was awarded a British Composer Award in 2011. He has recorded with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, and has performed with Colin Carr, Louise Williams and Andrew Marriner – as well as with his daughters. In 2018 the Choir of King’s College Cambridge digitally released Lit by Holy Fire ; and a CD was released of his organ music. His new oratorio Before All Worlds will be performed by the BBC Singers in November 2020.