Jack Greed - Yurie Lee - Harry Rylance
Conrad Litchfield Photography
Formed in 2019, Trio Mazzolini is made up of violinist Jack Greed, cellist Yurie Lee and pianist Harry Rylance, all of whom are recent graduates and now Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music. Within three weeks of playing together, they travelled to Toronto, Canada to give performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and at the Toronto Royal Conservatory. There they also made their radio debut on CBC Radio with a live performance of the Weinberg Piano Trio, Op.24 at the Glenn Gould Studio.
Next season’s highlights include a performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with clarinetist James Gilbert amongst other works at the Folkestone New Music Festival and livestream concerts at the Royal Academy of Music, playing works by Arensky, Tom Coult, Ryan Wigglesworth and Augusta Read Thomas. They will be making appearances at the Petworth Festival and the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, as well as a residency at Ferrandou Musique, Tauriac where they will be giving a number of recitals.
As well as performing traditional piano trio repertoire, Trio Mazzolini often explores underplayed pieces and also works closely with contemporary composers. In 2021, they will be performing a commission titled “Physichromie” from composer Philip Cashian at the Folkestone New Music Festival. Last season they gave a performance of “5 Trios” by Edmund Finnis at the Royal Academy of Music’s Autumn Piano Festival, which was live streamed on YouTube. They are currently in the process of commissioning works from up and coming composers. These collaborations are extremely important to the Trio as it produces a platform for them to create music together with living composers. They often hold workshops with the Composers to discuss musical ideas such as what musicians like to see on their score whether it be bowings, groupings of notes etc and they explore the extremities of instrumental technique. Together they take the snippets of music they have been working on to create one larger work. The concept of owning the music both literally and musically, allows the trio to project their voice even further into the world. They like to use their compositions to create unusual programmes which can often challenge the audience. Gone are the days of a Haydn and Beethoven concert. The wider audience are interested in throwing something new into the mix and that is exactly where the Trio stand. If a venue allows for it, they may present a programme consisting only of contemporary works. But they also enjoy experimenting with the juxtaposition of old and new and the intensity it creates.
Trio Mazzolini, whose members hail from Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and the UK, have benefited from regular tuition with Joanna MacGregor, Joshua Fisher and Nadège Rochat. They have also received coaching from Adrian Brendel, Sung-Won Yang (Trio Owon), David Greed, Werner Herbers and Jonathan Freeman-Attwood.
As Fellows, they have considerable experience in teaching, having coached various ensembles within the Royal Academy of Music and running informal performance platforms as an opportunity for groups to perform and receive feedback in a relaxed setting. They also work closely with the John Lyon Secondary School, giving lunchtime concerts, masterclasses and on occasion are invited to adjudicate internal competitions. As much of a learning experience it is for the students of the school, it is also an opportunity for the trio to take away invaluable ideas and skills to approaching music.