Trio Biography

The Degani Piano Trio

The Degani Piano Trio is an established Irish Piano Trio of distinguished musicians Alan Smale on violin, Rachel Quinn on piano and Annette Cleary on cello. They are renowned for their insightful and joyful interpretaions of the classic trio repertoire. The trio was formed in 2015, and has performed frequently at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Curtis Auditorium CIT, and at other venues in Wicklow, Cork, Sligo, Wexford and around Ireland. Interpretations of trio repertoire by Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Piazzolla have enthralled Irish audiences since 2015. To celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth the Degani Piano Trio are delighted to present a series of Beethoven’s Piano Trios with narration of Beethoven’s own letters in the National Concert Hall’s Chamber Music Series 2020. They will be joined by the acclaimed Irish actor Barry McGovern. The trio has joined with other well known musicians such as Cara O’Sullivan, Paul Roe, Finghin Collins, Ruby Ashley, Cormac Breatnach and Sylvia O’Brien in performances of Irish Contemporary Music. Baroque and Film Music Programmes. They have joined most recently with Ruby Ashley and Eamonn Sweeney in programmes of Baroque music and in Beethoven’s Irish and Scottish songs with sopranos Cara O’ Sullivan and Sylvia O’Brien. They have also given masterclasses in violin, cello and piano to third level students of the ‘School of Music’ at Cork Institute of Technology’. Recent recordings include CDs of Haydn’s Gipsy Trio, Dvorak’s Dumky Trio, Brahms Trio No.1 and the Chopin Piano Trio in G minor. Other new releases include a much anticipated album of Piazzolla’s Piano Trio works including the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Trio along with Revolutionario, Muerte del Angel and Oblivion.

‘Quinn was a calm presence at the keyboard making light work of the showy episodes while Cleary was a dynamo of generous expression and sprightly articulation. A concert of chamber music at its most accessible and entertaining’ Andrew Johnson , The Irish Times

‘Their choice of programme was perfectly in tune with the summer evening and its delivery was a delight from beginning to end…Each performance was so convincing that the audience reaction was one of absolute delight. Declan Townsend, The Irish Examiner

The most complete and profoundly joyful music making. This performance had a blend of folksiness and high art sophistication that felt just right. Martin Adams, Irish Times

Annette Cleary demonstrated an extraordinary level of ese in her cello playing, unyielding tone and warm vibrato. Rachel Quinn played beautifully in the Rachmaninoff Sonata and showed considerable stamina in a notoriously virtuoso piano part. A programme of Romantic music performed to an impeccably high standard and with charisma. Matt Rafter, Golden Plec




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