Lauded British Clarinetist Joins Renowned Gould Piano Trio at Sanibel Music Festival

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On Saturday, March 21, the Sanibel Music Festival welcomes British Clarinetist Robert Plane with the UK-based Gould Piano Trio, a group critics have placed at the forefront of the chamber music scene for a quarter century since their selection as Rising Stars by Britain’s Concert Artists Trust in the 1990’s.

“The Gould Piano Trio tours globally but are regular performers at London’s Wigmore Hall and the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival in Northumber, England”, said festival president, Jana Stone. “This performance continues Sanibel Music Festival’s long tradition of bringing international artists of the highest caliber to the island audience.”

Sanibel Music Festival is a volunteer organization presenting a concert series of chamber music, piano recital and vocal ensemble of the highest caliber every year in March. Following the Gould Piano Trio with Robert Plane on March 21, two more concerts will be held in this year’s series. Concerts will take place at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 24 and Saturday, March 28 at the Congregational U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way, across the street from Periwinkle Place on Sanibel. Visit or contact the hotline at 239-344-7025 for $50 general admission and free student tickets. Tickets are also available in person at Bank Of The Islands, 1699 Periwinkle Way, check and cash only.

“The Gould Trio’s repertory includes a huge swath of composers, including an array of British composers and important new works commission by the Trio,” explained Sue Pick, festival board member and head of the music committee. “On March 21 they will play the Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114; Watkins’ Four Fables for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano; and Dvořák’s, Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello in F minor, Op. 65.”

Anticipated to give a spine-tingling performance, the Gould Trio was compared by the Washington Post to the storied Beaux Arts Trio for “jeweler-like precision with a musical fire that ignites from the first bar,” and a “melding of minds on a plane one rarely hears today.” The Sanibel Music Festival venue is known for excellent acoustics and an intimate listening experience perfectly suited to the Gould Trio.

The Gould Trio regularly includes other distinguished artists in performance and will feature internationally lauded clarinetist Robert Plane on March 21, husband of the Trio’s violinist Lucy Gould. Plane’s recording of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto won Classic CD Magazine’s Best Concerto Recording Award, and his CD of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with the Gould Trio was praised by BBC Music Magazine as “the best modern account” of that monumental work.

For more information, visit and Program notes by Dr. Richard E. Rodda are accessible at

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