Recital: Gokotta Trio

Tuesday 27th February, 2024, at 1:15 pm

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The Programme

Stefan Bulyha – clarinet
Eugenia García Cuesta – viola
Pei-En Wu – piano

Paul Juon

Trio Miniatures from Op 18 and Op 24
I. Rêverie
II. Humoresque
III. Elégie
IV. Danse phantastique

Johannes Brahms

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op 114
(arranged for clarinet, viola and piano)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Andantino grazioso
IV. Allegro

The Artists

Gokotta Trio is a London-based clarinet, viola and piano trio, formed by three talented musicians currently in their third year of the undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music. They are enthusiastic about exploring diverse repertoire, not only classical but also contemporary music, in order to introduce this type of less-performed ensemble to a wider audience. Established in September 2022, Gokotta Trio has already held successful recitals at venues such as Southwark Cathedral, Regent Hall, and St James’s Sussex Gardens. They were also invited to perform in the Academy’s annual summer piano festival in June 2023. They receive regular coaching with Jon Thorne and Nicola Eimer.

Stefan Bulyha grew up in Rivne, Ukraine. During his studies at the College, he participated in more than 20 competitions in which he became a winner or laureate. Currently, Stefan is studying with Chris Richards under a double scholarship at the Academy. In 2022, Stefan successfully performed the UK premier of Vitaliy Hubarenko’s ‘Aria’ for clarinet and string orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Additionally, Stefan became a scholar of Hattori Foundation, Drake Calleja trust and Talent Unlimited.

Eugenia García Cuesta was born and raised in Asturias, Spain, and is currently studying at the Academy in the class of Jon Thorne. She started playing the viola when her brother introduced her to the instrument and promptly started her studies at her local conservatory. As she grew up, she has taken part in music festivals in Germany and New York.

Pei-En Wu is a Taiwanese pianist studying with Ian Fountain at the Academy. Having played the piano since the age of four, Pei-En has been a laureate of various competitions. Including third prize at the National Student Competition of Music in Taiwan (2020), followed by her public recital debut later that year. She recently came second – ‘Very Highly Commended’ – in the Musicians’ Company Harriet Cohen Bach Prize (2023). Despite being born in Taiwan, Pei-En grew up in Shanghai and has performed in major concert venues across the city, including the Shanghai Symphony Hall and the Oriental Arts Center.

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