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Montpellier Trio

The Montpellier Trio consists of three outstanding musicians:

  • Zoë Beyers – Violin
  • David Powell – Cello
  • David Quigley – Piano

Zoë Beyers – Violin

Picture of Zoë Beyers

Zoë Beyers was born in South Africa in 1982. Since her debut aged eleven with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, she has been in demand as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and at home in South Africa. Zoë studied at the Royal College of Music with Dr Felix Andrievsky, Gabrielle Lester and Gordan Nikolic, and was an Associated Board International Scholar, Yehudi Menuhin Scholar and winner of the Tagore Gold Medal.

Zoë performs regularly with the Hebrides Ensemble and the Scottish Ensemble, and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, City of London Festival, BBC Proms and St Magnus Festival. 2009 saw Zoë tour South Africa as a soloist and chamber-musician, and as soloist and director with the Stellenbosch Camerata for a recording of early Mendelssohn works. Zoë was recently appointed Associate Leader of the CBSO

David Powell – Cello

Picture of David PowellDavid Powell is sub principal cellist with the CBSO, a position he has held under the music directorships of Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and now Andris Nelsons. He has played with many of the UK’s leading symphony orchestras and has performed with Marcus Barcham Stevens in the Montpellier String Trio since 2001.

As a chamber musician he is featured regularly in the CBSO series Centre Stage and Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump Room Sunday Showcase concerts. He formed his cello and harp duo ’51 Strings’ in 2003 and has performed Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano in the Town Hall Cheltenham. A graduate of Oxford University, his teachers included David Strange and Jacqueline du Pre and he now teaches at Nottingham University.

David Quigley – Piano

Picture of David QuigleyIrish pianist David Quigley studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, Paris Conservatoire and the Liszt Academy, Budapest. Winner of many major competitions, he combines an international performing career with teaching and is also founder and Director of the Birmingham International Piano Academy (BIPA), an annual summer school and festival held at the Conservatoire. David has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist worldwide in many major concert halls including Carnegie Hall (New York), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Symphony Hall (Birmingham) and the Musikverein (Vienna). David has collaborated with many distinguished conductors such as Barry Wordsworth, David Porcelijn, Barry Douglas and Takuo Yuasa. He has made several broadcasts for radio and television (BBC, RTE and Dutch Radio) and is a recording artist for the Lorelt label.