Founded in 2017 by Özlem Çelik – clarinet, Daryl Giuliano – cello, and Jelena Makarova – piano. Individually, all three musicians have international careers and are all Royal Academy of Music alumnae.
The group has had a series of successful performances, and has established itself as one of the most exciting chamber music ensembles with a very distinct sound and combination of instruments.
Trio Sonorité appearances include recitals for Piano Trio Society, Square Mile Concert Series in London City, King’s Lynn Music Society and live performance and interview on Women’ s Radio Station as part of Classic Women Future Awards.
As well as performing music of a more traditional nature, the unique combination of clarinet, cello, and piano enables the Trio to explore new horizons performing lesser-known repertoire of works by 20th and 21st century composers. This includes world-premiere performances, cross-arts collaborations and performing less familiar to the audiences works by female composers, which have been historically underrepresented.
As the country went into lockdown in 2020, Trio Sonorité took part in a multimedia project funded by Help Musicians Scotland and Lithuanian Council of Culture (Lietuvos Kultūros Taryba), which included socially-distanced online rehearsals and a performance of RPS composer Rūta Vitkauskaitė’s work “Edge of Time”. Originally written for choir, “Edge of Time” was arranged by the composer for Trio Sonorité and adapted for two different versions of performances, pre-recorded online and live, thus making it possible to perform during the lockdown restrictions. The ensemble premiered the newly-arranged work in a livestream recital from the Arts Club 1901 in London, which included art projections by Aimee Birnbaum, a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. The recital was dedicated to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and included “Heads on Sticks” by Colin Riley, previously premiered by the Trio in Hampstead. The recital generated a great online audience, reaching over 1500 views.
Following the success of this collaboration, Trio Sonorité, Rūta Vitkauskaitė, and Aimee Birnbaum formed Chromatikon, a collective exploring the intersection of arts, visual and aural, colours and expression that come together to create a multimedia performance. In May 2021, Chromatikon performed at the Mall Galleries in London and have been invited to perform in 2022 as part of the international contemporary music festival “Iš Arti” in Kaunas, Lithuania.
In Autumn 2018 Trio Sonorité took part in the Baltic Art Form dance and music World Premiere performance of the ‘’Invisible Effect’’ composed by the renowned Latvian composer Platon Buravicky and choreographed by Kirill Burlov. The performance took place at London’s Pleasance Theatre and was supported by the Latvian Ministry of Culture. Daryl, Özlem, and Jelena were joined by Swedish guest soprano Nina Kopparhed and a group of contemporary dancers from around the world.
Trio Sonorité’s future engagements include recitals for the Illuminate Women’s Music concert series, 840 contemporary music series, Blackheath Halls and Harrow Music Festival.