Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Trio Sōra
Piano Trio
BBT Fellowship 2020

Trio Sōra - Biography

The Trio Sōra is a very fine ensemble indeed. Their understanding of the composition, their listening of each other, their sensitive and lively music-making — all these have given me joy and pleasure.

Sir András Schiff

Pauline Chenais piano
Amanda Favier violin
Angèle Legasa cello

Invited to perform in prestigious venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Bonn’s Beethoven-Haus, Verbier Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, Auditorium du Louvre, Folle Journée de Nantes, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Trio Sōra is a charismatic ensemble recognised for its daring interpretations.

Winners of numerous awards — HSBC Laureate of the Académie du Festival d’Aix- en-Provence (2017), Parkhouse Award (2017), Special Prize of the Verbier Festival Academy (2018), Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (2020), winners of the Charles Oulmont Prize (2020) — the musicians have benefited for several years from collaborations with great masters such as Mathieu Herzog, András Schiff, Menahem Pressler, the Ebène Quartet and the Artemis Quartet.

In autumn 2020, the Trio Sōra unveiled its critically acclaimed debut album, bringing together of six of Beethoven’s piano trios on the Naïve label. The musicians are eager to reveal – in opposition to the all too often widespread image of Beethoven as an austere, asocial, introverted and rebellious character – all the sensitivity and extraordinary modernity of the composer..

The ensemble is also committed to highlighting the work of composers and figures of contemporary music, and have commissioned a triple concerto by Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy in homage to Stravinsky, to be premiered in Paris in February 2022.

Trio Sōra is in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac, Le Dimore Del Quartetto, ProQuartet-CEMC, and is supported by the Bureau Export – Centre National de la Musique, the Fondation Boubo-Music, the Spedidam, Pleyel, the Région Ile de France and the musical Swiss Life Foundation.

In June 2021 violinist Amanda Favier joined Trio Sōra.

The day we received the news of our BBT Fellowship will remain one of the best memories for the trio. We were simply waiting on a platform at Lausanne Station –  a routine day of travel – when this happy news came through.  We felt so honoured to be part of this big family and among such great artists!

In these times when we are so deprived of music and arts, BBT is here to support us and help keep us hopeful, and realise the best projects we could ever dream of.

Words are not enough to describe how important the role of BBT is in our career today.

Photographs by Pierre Morlet