Biography

Trio Opal 

Eriko Nagayama/violin

Joel Siepmann/cello

Yi-Shing Cheng/piano

The prize-winning Trio Opal was founded in 2017 during each member’s study at the Royal Academy of Music, where they received coaching from world-renowned professors violinist György Pauk, cellist Christoph Richter and pianist Michael Dussek. They also receive further coaching through the King’s Place Chamber Studio with Alasdair Beatson and Christoph Richter. Each member’s extensive performing experience has led them to win competitions, play in the top orchestras of London such as LPO, LSO and RPO, to perform on live radio and Wigmore Hall and more. After graduating, they were invited to be Cavatina-Trio-In-Residence as a fellow ensemble at the Royal Academy of Music and will continue their work as chamber music fellows in the academic year 2019/20. 

Trio Opal was nominated to represent the Royal Academy in the 2018 Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition in Birmingham, in which they were awarded first prize. They were also finalists in the inaugural Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival in November, and were chosen by the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival in October to be the prequalifying ensemble for the 2019 international competition. They have performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, BBC Radio 3, Colston Hall, the Ivor Gurney Hall in Gloucester, the Royal Academy of Music, St Mary’s Perivale, St Barnabas Church, Ealing, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and many more in the U.K. April 2018 saw a tour to Ferrandou, France, where they performed a wide range of repertoire in three full evening concerts, organized by David Wilson-Johnson.

After a highly successful return to Ferrandou, France, in July of this year, their future engagements include concerts at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Birmingham Conservatory, St. Mary’s Perivale, the Lake District Summer Music Festival, Rye Arts Festival and the Barnes Music Society. They have also been invited to perform and teach at the Dartington International Summer School in August 2019. In February 2020 Trio Opal will take part Chamber Music in Residence scheme of the Britten Pears Young Artist Program in Snape Maltings.