Lark Piano Trio

The Lark Piano Trio (pianist Anna Michels, violinist Emma Baird, and cellist Helen LaGrand) formed during their postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and joined LMNS in 2024. Since their formation, the trio have taken part in masterclasses with the Fidelio Trio, Joseph Swensen, David Dolan, David Watkin, and Anto Pett. The trio won the prestigious Governor’s Chamber Prize which resulted in engagements in venues across Scotland. They were selected to participate in the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival 2023 and accepted as an ensemble of the Hans Keller Forum 2023/24. They won the Mary D Adams Prize for Chamber Music, and were awarded 2nd prize at the Dunbar Gerber Chamber Music Competition at the RCS.

They have a passion for unearthing the hidden treasures of the piano trio repertoire, with a focus on living composers and female composers. They have found immense joy in the practice of both free and classical improvisation, and thoroughly enjoy connecting with audiences in this unique way. Their improvised performances include a Lecture Recital with David Doland in March ‘23 and a collaboration with dancers as part of the Piano Festival at RCS, March ‘23.

The trio are advocates for educational programmes internationally. Anna Michels is a Assistant Faculty of Keyboard at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, Helen is an organiser and teacher for a non-profit educational program for Nigerian musicians, and Emma is an Ambassador for the Benedetti Foundation through which she has led multiple workshops. The trio were eager to join the Live Music Now Scotland team, in order to expand the type of work that they do and connect with audiences that may not often be exposed to classical trio repertoire.

What they play...

Rebecca Clarke: Piano Trio
Haydn: Piano Trio in E major Hob.28 No.44
Piazolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (arranged for Piano Trio by Jose Bragato)
Ravel: Piano Trio
Schumann: Piano Trio No.1 in D minor
Paul Schoenfield: Cafe Music
Peteris Vasks: Episodi e Canto Perpetuo
Beethoven: Triple Concerto
Jennifer Higdon: Piano Trio

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