Praised for its ‘exhilarating, highly-toned’ performances (The Arts Desk), Mithras Trio – Ionel Manciu (violin), Leo Popplewell (cello), Dominic Degavino (piano) – has established itself as one of the next generation’s most exciting and dynamic piano trios.
Formed in 2017 while students at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the trio shot to international recognition winning first prize at the 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition (2019). In the same year Mithras Trio also achieved first prizes in the 67th Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition and Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition, and was a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Henderson Award. Named as BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists for the 2021–2023 seasons, Mithras has recorded extensively for BBC Radio 3, as well as giving live-broadcast concerts from the Cheltenham, Hay, Ryedale and Belfast International Arts festivals.
Mithras Trio has performed at many of London’s major venues, including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Milton Court Concert Hall, and has also appeared in concert across Europe and North America. Mithras was selected as Kirckman Concert Society Young Artists for the 2019/2020 season, and Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme Artists for 2020–2023.
As a passionate exponent of contemporary music, Mithras Trio has worked extensively with composers Helen Grime and Julian Philips, and has given world premieres of works by Péter Tornyai and Joy Lisney.