Aquinas Piano Trio

Ruth Rogers – Violin
Katherine Jenkinson - Cello
Martin Cousin - Piano

Described by Gramophone as, ‘spot-on in interpretative instinct’, the Aquinas Piano Trio has established itself over the last five years as one of Britain’s most sought-after chamber groups. Following their Wigmore Hall debut in December 2015, Musical Opinion commented, ‘This sold out concert hall was in awe, ecstatic with joy at the final cadence.’ Their growing list of recordings includes the Saint-Saens Trios, released on Guild in 2015, and their CD of Mendelssohn Trios was Strad Magazine’s Choice of the Month in May 2015: ‘The Aquinas Trio rejoices in these cherishable scores with a symphonic sweep and an insatiable forward momentum … This is an enormously impressive coupling.’.

Recent and forthcoming recitals include a Schumann concert series at Kings Place, London, the Little Missenden Festival, the Chipping Campden International Music Festival and four concerts in Mallorca next May. Their continuing support of contemporary music sees premieres of new works by Thomas Hyde and Rob Keeley during the 2016/17 season. They will return to the Wigmore Hall in 2018.  

Ruth Rogers studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Herman Krebbers. Described as “the finest of the younger generation of violinists” (Musical Opinion) and hailed by the Guardian as “superb”, Ruth is in demand as soloist, leader, and chamber musician. She graduated from the RCM in 2001 and was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal - the college’s highest accolade.

She has an impressive list of awards and has performed as a soloist at such prestigious venues as The Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St John’s Smith Square. Ruth has appeared in concert alongside distinguished performers, including Ida Haendel, and John Lill, and has lead orchestras under the batons of Lorin Maazel and Colin Davis.

Ruth was recently appointed as a leader of the London Mozart Players. She worked as Co-Leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 2008 until 2012 and appears as a guest leader of many other major orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She has also appeared in Principal roles with the Hallé, English Chamber Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestra. Ruth has played concertos with the City of London Sinfonia, the City of Oxford Orchestra, and London Strings and plays regularly with the Iuventus Quartet and Aquinas Piano Trio and has appeared at the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble.

Ruth has played to orphans, landmine victims and malaria patients in refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma border.

Katherine Jenkinson is now recognised as one of the UK's leading cellists specialising in solo and chamber music. The Independent newspaper recently praised her "technical security backed up by rare musical sensitivity". She was musically educated at The Royal Academy of Music and has since been privileged to become an Associate of this institution (ARAM). Katherine has recently given performance classes at The Royal Academy of Music, masterclasses at Trinity Laban (as part of the International String Quartet Festival), Kazan Conservatory (Russia) and at the Music Conservatory in Kazakhstan.

Chamber music is a key part of Katherine's musical life. She was a founder member of The Rautio Piano Trio, and was a member of The Allegri String Quartet 2008-2011 and Iuventus Quartet and Ensemble. In contemporary music, Katherine has worked closely with composers Arvo Pärt, Anthony Payne, Richard Allain and Thomas Hyde.

Since giving her Wigmore Hall debut in 2004 with duo partner Alison Farr, Katherine has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, in Africa, and Asia. Highlights in 2015 were performing all Bach Suites over six concerts in Norwich, performing Brahms Double Concerto for the first time in Suffolk, performing with The Dante Quartet and a critically acclaimed and sold out Wigmore Hall concert with the Aquinas Piano Trio. This year will see the release of Kodaly Duo and Dohnanyi Serenade and further performances of the Bach Suites.

Katherine plays on a 1703 Italian cello by Taningardi. She is grateful to the Countess of Munster for their help in the purchase and restoration of this cello.

Martin Cousin is now regarded as one of the most exceptional pianists of his generation, having been awarded 1st prize at the 2005 Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Seregno, Italy) and Gold Medal at the 2003 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition (London).

Martin appears regularly at the major London musical venues such as Wigmore Hall, the South Bank, Barbican Centre, as well as Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

He has performed as concerto soloist with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Halle, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras. Performances further afield have included tours of New Zealand, the US, Indonesia and Thailand, concerts in Stockholm, Brussels, Toronto, Tokyo, Berne and The Hague together with numerous recitals throughout Italy. 2006 saw the release of his debut CD of Rachmaninov's Sonata No 1 and Morceaux de Salon with SOMM Recordings, which was selected as Classical CD of the week by the Daily Telegraph. The US magazine Fanfare added, "This is the performance of the 1st Sonata that I have always heard in my head but never thought I'd actually get to hear with my ears. This guy's the Real Deal!"

His 2014 CD of Rachmaninov’s Études-Tableaux for SOMM was hailed by the Observer as ‘a landmark recording’ and Fanfare Magazine described him as being ‘among the most distinguished Rachmaninoff pianists of our generation.’

Martin's hands are also featured on the big screen in the Oscar-winning film "Shine", for the scenes involving Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto. 2.

This dazzling young trio is rising fast. If the Aquinas Piano Trio doesn't go on to become one of the most admired of its generation I really will eat my hat
(The Weston Mercury, October 2010)

Accomplished, artistic, assured - these three words alone would warrant the Aquinas Piano Trio its triple-A rating
(The Plymouth Herald, October 2009)

Rarely does one come across a group so relaxed and confident in their technical abilities that they are able to focus so completely on the soul of the music.
(Cheddar Valley Gazette, May 2009)