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William Slingsby-Duncombe, Clarinet Fiachra Garvey, Piano | Charlotte Maclet, Violin

' The Ducasse trio perform with an exciting sense of creativity and spontaneity and are all excellent individual players '
Michael Dussek

' Utterly spellbinding Stravinsky '
Alasdair Tait YCAT 2016 finals


The Ducasse Trio was formed in 2010 when they met as students at the Paris Conservatoire, since then the trio has gone on to undertake residencies at the Academie Musicale de Villecroze (France) and Academie de Musique Tibor Varga (Switzerland) working with Paul Meyer and Gilbert Audin and earlier this year attended IMS Prussia Cove working with Thomas Ades. The trio has won several awards including the worshipful company of musicians award, Concordia's Barthel Prize and were finalists in YCAT 2016.

Recent highlights include their debut at Wigmore Hall and recitals at Bridgewater Hall, St John's Smith Square, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Bishopsgate Institute. In 2015 the trio embarked upon their first national tour of Ireland, performing at the Clifden Arts Festival, Kilkenny arts, Crescent Theatre Belfast and culminating in the debut at the National Concert Hall Ireland. This summer the trio record their debut CD for Claudio records and give recitals at Petworth Festival and Wexford Festivals.

Passionate about presenting the many neglected works for this ensemble to new audiences, the trio has also commissioned and championed new repertoire, notably works by Christian Dachez - Primetime, which was given its Premiere at the Geneva Music Festival and subsequently in Paris. The Trio is currently in the process of commissioning pieces from Charlotte Bray and other notable young composers. 

All three members of the trio enjoy individual success.
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William Slingsby-Duncombe was a student of Michael Harris, Timothy Lines and Pascal Moragues and a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire. He also holds masters degrees from the Royal College of Music and the CNSMDP where he was awarded full scholarships.
As a soloist William has performed the Copland Concerto with Southbank Sinfonia and has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester and Birmingham Symphony Hall. He recently performed Brahms and Mozart Quintets with the Idoemeneo Quartet and the Benyounes Quartet as part of the Abbotsholme Arts Society and Paxos International Music Festival. He was the recipient of the MBF 'Ian Fleming Award', the MMSF 'John E Mortimer Award', the Countess of Munster Award, and the Musicians Unions 'Bill Warman Award' for most promising instrumentalist as well as being selected for the New London Orchestra recital series.
Alongside his role as clarinettist in the Ducasse trio, he regularly performs internationally as a chamber musician and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Peter Donohoe and the late Brigitte Engerer.
As an orchestral musician William has recently played principal clarinet with the Hallé Orchestra, and has previously performed with the Royal Opera House, CBSO, BBC Concert Orchestra, Covent Garden soloist orchestra, ENB, EUYO, and Britten Pears Orchestra. In these orchestras he has worked under renowned conductors including Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
William would like to thank Charlotte and Eelco Van Solkema and John Whiteman for their continued support. He is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and also grateful to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, MBF and MMSF.

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Charlotte Maclet began studying the violin and piano at age 3. Initial studies at the Conservatoire in Paris were followed by further studies in Chicago, Geneva and Rotterdam with Gordan Nikolic, Goran Gribajevic, Gábor Takács-Nagy and György Kurtág.
Charlotte has made many performances as soloist in her native France and abroad, including a critically acclaimed London début at Cadogan Hall in 2012. She received this year the Audience Prize at the Worshipful Musician’s Company Solo Competition and is an Artist of the Concordia Foundation.
Highly sought after as an orchestral performer, Charlotte leads many UK based chamber orchestras (the Southbank Sinfonia, the Arensky Chamber Orchestra) and is a regular guest co-leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She also plays with the Academy of St Martins in the Fields.
Charlotte is the first violinist of the Brodowsky Quartet. As part of the Ducasse Trio she won the Concordia and Worshipful Musician’s Company chamber music competition and has performed in major halls including Wigmore Hall and Bridgwater Hall. Her chamber music partners include Nicola Benedetti, Adrian Butterfield, Lawrence Cummings and Matthew Barley. Highlights of this season include String Sextet concerts in all major UK venues including the Royal Albert Hall as part of Nicola Benedetti’s Four Seasons Tour.
Charlotte is the founder and leader of Camerata Alma Viva, a string ensemble of 16 players from 9 nationalities based in London, who are regularly broadcast on BBC and on the French national radio station France Musique and appeared at St John’s Smith Square, Conway Hall and Kings Place in 2016.
In her free time, Charlotte practices and teaches Qi Gong and meditation.

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Fiachra Garvey graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2013 with 1st class honours and distinction in the MA in Music Performance. This follows a 1st class honours B.A. in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2011 and a 1st class honours DipMus (performance and teaching) from the RIAM in 2008.
1st prizewinner at the 2012 Jaques Samuel Competition, London, Fiachra made his Fazioli Auditorium (Italy) and Wigmore Hall debuts in 2013. Fichra has also been a prizewinner at AXA Dublin International Piano Competition (Brennan Prize and McCullough Bursary), EU Piano Competition Prague (concerto finalist), 3rd Soirees-Concours Internationales de Piano a Collioure, France (Audience award) and Feis Ceoil Dublin (Morris Grant Bursary and Mabel Swainson award). The National Concert Hall Dublin awarded Fiachra the “Rising Star” prize in 2011.
Concerto appearances include the Janáček Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, RIAM Symphony Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra and UCD Symphony Orchestra.
Recent recitals include Google Dublin, a series of solo and two piano recitals in Japan, duo recitals at St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin in the Fields, and the Brighton Festival UK; and piano trio recitals at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bridgewater Hall Manchester and The Geneva Festival, Switzerland.
Upcoming concerts include solo recitals in Spoleto Italy, Market Place Theatre Armagh, Playhouse Theatre Derry, Strawberry Hill House Twickenham, Prussia Cove UK, and trio recitals at the Petworth Festival UK, National Concert Hall, Dublin and Wigmore Hall, London.
Fiachra’s debut CD “For the Piano”, under the Lyric FM label, was released in 2012: “brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” (Sunday times).  His second cd, a live performance from Wigmore Hall was released in 2014.
Fiachra is the founder and artistic director of the West Wicklow Festival, Ireland (commences May 2017), and is on the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition.