MASSIMO DI TROLIO clarinet
Monday 2 October 2023
Concert: 7pm (1 hour, no interval)
Embark on a captivating musical journey through the British Isles with Postcards from the British Isles.
This recital illuminates the essence of their homeland's music, featuring five remarkable composers.
Finzi's 'Five Bagatelles' transmit wartime resilience, intertwining deep clarinet tones and evocative melodies. Templeton's 'Pocket-Size Sonata No.2' weaves classical forms with blues and jazz elements. Stanford's 'Clarinet Sonata' fuses Brahmsian influences and Irish lament motifs. The 'Scottish Suite' by Ironside explores a spectrum of tones and moods while incorporating a contemporary folk theme. Bowen's 'Clarinet Sonata' captivates with lyrical clarinet lines and pianistic flair.
Join us for this enchanting exploration, where each note resonates with the richness of British musical heritage.
Programme (60 minutes, no interval)
Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano, Op.23
Pocket-Size Sonata No.2
Charles Villiers Stanford
Clarinet Sonata in B flat major, Op.129
I. Cooly Cuillins
III. G’s Jig
Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op.109
Having held the position of principal clarinet with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta (2006-08), Massimo returned to the UK to pursue a busy schedule of orchestral, chamber and solo engagements. A stalwart in the West End, he balances his portfolio with his position as the clarinettist on The Phantom of the Opera.
He has forged a successful career as a freelance clarinettist. Massimo works frequently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was on trial with them for the position of Subprincipal in 2015-16. Most recent trials include Associate Principal Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2021-2023), Subprincipal BBC Symphony Orchestra (2019-20) and Principal Clarinet with the BBC Concert Orchestra (2018-19). He regularly performs with the Aurora Orchestra, English National Opera, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the London Concert Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Contemporary Orchestra and the Chroma Ensemble. Commercial work has included tours with the RPCO to the USA (Star Wars – In Concert) and Stings’ Symphonicities world tour.
He was the first clarinettist to be selected for the London Philharmonic’s prestigious Future Firsts Apprenticeship Scheme (2004-05). In 2004 Massimo also held the principal Eb clarinet seat with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and in 2003 was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra.
Massimo made his Wigmore Hall debut with the Aurora Soloists in 2019. His Kings’ Place debut in 2012 as part of the Brahms “Unwrapped Festival” was with his duo partner Maiko Mori. In 2007 as part of the Park Lane Group Series, he and Mori performed at the Purcell Room as members of the Aquilon Trio (violin, clarinet and piano). Often recording for TV and film, he can most recently be heard on scores for Haunting in Venice (2023), LEGO Super Mario Bros (2023), The Whale (2022), Cyrano (2022) and The Responder (2022).
During his tenure in Hong Kong, he performed the Mozart Concerto with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Krommer Double Clarinet Concerto No.2 with the Hong Kong Camerata.
As a keen educator, he is Visiting Clarinet Tutor at Highgate School and Westminster Abbey Choir School.
Massimo is an international D’Addario Woodwind Artist.
Since winning first prize at the Birmingham International Piano Competition in 2002, Maiko Mori has continued to build an international career as one of the outstanding soloists and chamber musicians of her generation.
Maiko has enjoyed acclaim at prestigious venues in the UK, Europe and Japan, such as Radio France, BBC Radio 3, Cheltenham Festival, the Purcell Room in London, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, Kolarac in Belgrade, Serbia and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan, to mention but a few.
She made her concerto debut in the UK with the RCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko in 2006. Since then, she has performed with various orchestras internationally. The most recent concerto performance includes Piano Concerto No.3 by Rachmaninoff (Kyoto Concert Hall, Japan) under Tetsuro Ban, and Piano Concerto No.2 by Brahms (St Cyprians, London, UK) under Levon Parikian. Maiko performs a wide range of concertos and solo works, and is a keen chamber musician with a particular interest in 20th-century music, especially jazz/classical fusion repertoire.
Alongside her growing performing career, she is passionate in working with young generations internationally. She teaches piano at the University of Chichester. She is also a regular faculty member of the international piano festival “PIANO WEEK” since 2018, where she gives masterclasses and recitals. Most recently, she has been appointed as an Artist for TIPA - Tokyo International Piano Association.