Described by Musica Viva as “Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio,” the Streeton Trio was formed in 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, from three of Australia’s leading young musicians. The trio is the first Australian ensemble to be selected for the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy, where it has been in residence since 2010. Currently based in Berlin, the trio has studied intensively with the world's leading chamber musicians (Gabor Takacs-Nágy, Hatto Beyerle, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Johannes Meissl, Ferenc Rados, Erich Höbarth, Philippe Graffin, Pascal Devoyon, Mihaela Martin) and is highly in demand across Europe, UK, Scandinavia, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
Named after the Australian Impressionist painter, Sir Arthur Streeton, the trio has received great acclaim for performances in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Het Loo Royal Palace (Holland), Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre, Trondheim Festival, Apeldoorn Festival, Pablo Casals Festival (Prades) and Bangalow Festival.
Winner of the 2011 Music Viva Chamber Music Competition, the Streeton Trio has been a finalist in prestigious international competitions, and has won scholarships from Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria and Ian Potter Cultural Trust. In 2012, the trio was featured as Musica Viva’s Rising Stars ensemble.
The trio’s debut CD (Ravel· Brahms), released in 2011, is broadcast frequently across Australia and Europe. The CD has received rave reviews, including, “It is quite clear that these young players have entirely identified with this repertoire—their unerring exactitude of tempo and mood is almost psychic.” (Thomas’, 2011) and “There are many accomplished recordings of this wonderful work, and this is one of the finest I have heard.” (Limelight, Feb 2012). The trio’s second album, "Elation" (2012), was featured as CD of the Week on ABC FM, 3MBS, 2MBS, Radio National and SBS Radio and received great acclaim from Limelight magazine; “the trio of Benjamin Kopp (piano), Emma Jardine (violin) and Martin Smith (cello) are a refreshing find for this reviewer... This is a young trio and their undoubted talent and enthusiasm are infectious.” (June 2012). The trio's latest CD recording, "Elena Kats-Chernin: Works for Piano Trio" has received continuous airplay since its release in July 2013, and was featured as ABC CD of the Week.
As members of the ECMA - European Chamber Music Academy, the trio has given numerous performance throughout the major European cities. The trio’s 2012-2013 schedule includes performances in China, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Lithuania, Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland.