Art by Cecilia Bignall
Art by Cecilia Bignall
The Jorgensen Trio outside

The Jørgensen Trio is a vibrant, award-winning piano trio, formed in 2012. Olga Jørgensen, Antonia Kesel and Cecilia Bignall graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015, where they had been studying with Hamish Milne, Jack Liebeck and Robert Cohen respectively.

In 2015, the trio became the first ensemble to win both the Audience Prize and the Overall Prize at St Martin's Chamber Music Competition, after performing a programme of Bridge and Haydn in the final at St Martin in the Fields. Later in 2015, the trio was awarded first prize at the Malta International Music Competition in Mdina, which includes a recital at California State University in Los Angeles in 2016.

They were awarded the Jacob Barnes Scholarship at the Royal Academy in 2013 and performed a prize winner's recital at the Academy's Piano Festival in June 2014, which was curated by Head of Piano, Professor Joanna MacGregor OBE. The prize has given the trio the opportunity to develop an exciting concert series featuring music from across the world. They were also awarded the Harry Isaacs Piano Trio Prize, adjudicated by Amandine Savary at the Academy in June 2014, with their performance of Beethoven's Opus 1 Number 3 trio, and were commended in the Harold Craxton Prize. They were awarded the Elias Fawcett Prize in the Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition.

The trio has given recitals across the UK and Europe. Recent engagements include performances at St John's Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, the National Gallery, the French Institute, Colston Hall, Windsor Parish Church, The Forge, Regent Hall and Southwark Cathedral in London and at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and a recital at the Clarendon Muse in which they performed two world premieres, along with recitals at the Academy. They have also performed in Enkirch, Germany, at the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden and in Mdina and Valetta in Malta, as well as at Dartington Summer School, where they had a position as chamber music assistants in 2015. The Trio were selected to take part in the Piano Trio Society's own 'Piano Trio Day'. They have enjoyed coachings with Ian Brown, Michael Dussek, Levon Chillingirian, Diana Ketler, Jon Thorne, Carole Presland, Joanna MacGregor, Jack Liebeck, Robert Cohen, Martin Roscoe, Raphael Wallfisch and Jo Cole, and have played in masterclasses to Kathryn Stott, The Doric Quartet, Richard Ireland, Timothy Ravenscroft and Trio Owon. In April 2015 they attended IMS Prussia Cove as part of Thomas Adès' class.

The Jørgensen Trio enjoy performing and working with young people, including introductions to music and educational work run by the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, as well as appearing in the Chamber Tots series at the Wigmore Hall. They are also interested in exploring and performing a wide range of music, from Haydn to Arvo Part and Piazzolla, along with new works, and recently took part in a collaboration with jazz sextet Mosaic inspired by the 150th anniversary of the publication in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, performing at the Daunt Books Festival in March 2015.

Future projects include the CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music in 2015 and 2016, as well as a number of recitals across the UK, a performance at California State University, a return to Dartington, and recording a selection of chamber music works by the composer Cecilia McDowall.

"..one of the most sublime chamber concerts I have been to in years."

(David Auckland)