Biography

Trio Opal

Piano - Yi-Shing Cheng
Violin - Eriko Nagayama
Cello - Joel Siepmann

Consisting of three prize-winning musicians from Taiwan, Japan and Germany, Trio Opal was founded in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music. Each player’s extensive experience has led them to win competitions, be orchestral leaders, perform on live radio and more. As a trio, they were nominated by the Academy to be the representatives in the 2018 Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition in Birmingham, in which they were awarded 1st prize. They were also chosen to attend the 2018 Trondheim Academy in Norway and the inaugural Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival in November 2018. For the academic year 2018-2019, Trio Opal has been invited to be the CAVATINA Trio-In-Residence at the Royal Academy of Music.

They have received coaching from world-renowned professors such as violinist György Pauk, cellist Christoph Richter and pianist Michael Dussek. Furthermore, they will take part in the ChamberStudio masterclass scheme at Kings Place, London with Alasdair Beatson.

A highly active ensemble, Trio Opal has performed in venues including the Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, St Mary’s Perivale, St Barnabas Church, Ealing, David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Angela Burgess Recital Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. They played over 15 concerts from January to June 2018, including three concerts in Dordogne, France, as well as two concerts in Cranleigh Arts Centre and Rothamsted Manor Recital club in April.

Their current repertoire includes Haydn’s C major piano trio, Beethoven’s E flat major and C minor piano trio, Brahms’ C minor trio, Mendelssohn’s C minor trio, R. Schumann’s D minor trio, C. Schumann’s G minor trio, Ravel’s piano trio as well as Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elegiaque No.1. In September, they will be performing Smetana’s G minor piano trio at the Trondheim Academy 2018 in Norway and the Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival. In October 2018, they will also perform Schumann’s E flat major quintet together with Nicolaj Znaider at the Royal Academy of Music.