Playing trios by Schubert, three piano trios competed for the top prize of €15,000 and future concert engagements

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The final round of the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition (TICC) was held on Saturday 30 2023. The competition is held every two years, alternating between string quartet and piano trio disciplines. 

This year’s competition was dedicated to the piano trio. Of the three competing finalist ensembles, the Rilian Trio took the top prize of €15,000 and festival engagements. The Canadian trio, comprising violinist Daniel Dastoor, cellist David Liam Roberts and pianist Godwin Friesen, also won the Commission Prize for best interpretation of the competition composition Shining Through by Ellen Lindquist, worth €1,000, as well as the Audience Prize.

The Rilian Trio formed in 2021 at the Glenn Gould School (GGS) of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where they were mentored by Bryan Epperson. Five months later, they were awarded first prize at the GGS Chamber Music Competition, shortly before being selected for TICC 2023.

Trio Tokava took second prize of €10,000, as well as the Jury Special Prize. Third prize, worth €5,000, went to Trio Incendio.

The jury was led by violinist Anthony Marwood and comprised Anja Lechner, Arisa Fujita, Berit Cardas, Christian Ihle Hadland, Louise Hopkins and Stefan Mendl.

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