The Trio of London was formed in 1985 when three leading soloists and chamber musicians, Elisabeth Perry (violin), Melissa Phelps (cello) and Julian Jacobson (piano), joined forces to explore the riches of the piano trio repertoire. For ten years they maintained an intensive concert activity, with critically acclaimed performances at the Wigmore Hall, South Bank, at leading UK festivals including Cheltenham and Brighton and Huddersfield, in Italy, on CD and in live broadcasts. In 1987 they performed two Ravel concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for the 50th anniversary of Ravel's death, and in 1991 they performed the complete six Mozart Trios in two celebration concerts for the bicentenary year at the Purcell Room.
Elisabeth Perry started her musical education as a founder pupil of the Yehudi Menuhin School continuing at the Julliard School New York with Dorothy Delay and Oscar Shumsky. She has had a distinguished career on both sides of the Atlantic as a soloist and chamber musician and in 1985 she had the privilege to record the Bach Double Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin. Since 1994 she has held the position of concert master of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches at the Utrecht Conservatory. She plays a Giovanni Grancino from 1703.
Melissa Phelps has played throughout the world as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, including appearances at many international festivals and recordings for BBC radio and television. She has had a long and distinguished career as a teacher and is currently a professor at the RCM where she was a made a fellow in 2015. She plays on a Francesco Goffriller ‘cello made in Venice in 1723.
Julian Jacobson performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician and is also a composer and conductor. He has made many CDs and is currently recording the complete 35 Beethoven Sonatas. He is a professor in London, Birmingham and Xiamen China, and is also Chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. His 70th birthday is being celebrated with four concerts at St John's Smith Square.