Trios
The London Trio

Richard Smith - violin
Penelope Sapiro - cello
Lucy Shimidzu - piano

Formed in March 2000, The London Trio has played at a wide range of venues including Art in Action, Mayfair Hotel, Bickley Manor and Kingston Hotel for weddings, birthday celebrations, corporate entertainments and cultural show-cases.

They perform stylish background music for weddings, receptions, corporate functions and special occasions. Having an extensive repertoire list, they will provide the perfect atmosphere for your event.

Their adaptable keyboard provides the rich sound of a Steinway grand piano, so you can enjoy The London Trio at any venue. Alternatively, they can bring the piano at your venue to life with live music. The London Trio provides a professional and reliable service to meet your specific requirements.

Individual Biographies

Richard Smith - Violinist
Richard gained an entrance scholarship to Birmingham Conservatoire in 1995. As well as graduating with first class honours, Richard won the Herbert Lumby Award and first prize in the String Quartet Competition. Whilst studying in Birmingham, Richard was taught by Philippe Graffin. A scholarship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust enabled him to study with Rodney Friend at the Royal College of Music. In July 2001 Richard completed PG Dip (RCM). Richard is a principle with Chameleon Arts Orchestra and has also played with the RPO and BBCSO, as well as with the Adderbury Ensemble, Soloists Ensemble, and London Strings.

Lucy Shimidzu - Pianist
Lucy studied with Craig Sheppard (concert pianist and professor) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has given Classical recitals as soloist, duettist and accompanist at the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican, St James' Piccadilly. Contemporary Music performances have included a BBC radio 3 broadcast with The Lost Jockey (systems music band), and a Channel 4 broadcast premier "Heaven Ablaze in his Breast" by Judith Weir. Lucy has performed with the American minimalist composer Steve Reich at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has played on tours and for performances with various dance, theatre, cabaret and comedy companies (including Second Stride, Extemporary Dance Theatre, the Performance Club) in the UK and Europe.

Penelope Sapiro - Cellist
Penelope studied with Gweneth George (a pupil of Tortelier) at Trinity College of Music and subsequently with Kate Beare (a pupil of Navara). She has performed at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl. She has given solo recitals and played chamber music at venues such as St. John's Smith Square and St. James Piccadilly. Penelope has given recitals with David Ward (concert pianist and professor at the Royal College of Music) and Alfresco Piano Trio concerts in the South East. She performed the World premier of "The Temptation" for solo cello and French horn by David Goymour.

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