Aroha Music Society hosts Ghost Trio
Named for Beethoven’s famous work for piano trio, Ghost Trio is made up of Gabriela Glapska (piano), Ken Ichinose (cello) and Monique Lapins (violin). The group was founded in mid-2019 as one of Gabriela’s PhD recital projects. Realising quickly that they enjoy playing together immensely, they decided to continue working as a trio. All three are accomplished soloists and chamber musicians with diverse backgrounds. Despite their recent formation as a trio, they have already gained reputation as one of the most refreshing and enjoyable chamber groups in Aotearoa. The trio has focused on exploring a new approach to the greatest music written for piano trio, as well as the discovery of less-known contemporary treasures of the piano trio repertoire.
Monique Lapins, second violinist of the New Zealand String Quartet since 2016, has played around the world including festivals in the UK, France, the Czech Republic, Holland, Japan, Hong Kong and her homeland Australia. Monique is a lecturer in classical performance at the New Zealand School of Music as well as being Artist in Residence as part of the NZSQ.
Ken Ichinose (cello) is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with Paul Watkins. Before joining the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal in 2014, Ken enjoyed 10 years freelancing with London orchestras including the Philharmonia, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Gabriela Glapska is a Polish-born pianist currently living and working in Wellington. An active soloist and chamber musician with a strong interest in contemporary music, she is the resident pianist for the annual Nelson Composers Workshops. She also has been working as an accompanist at the Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music since 2017. As well as Ghost Trio, Gabriela has been a member of TrioNique, New Zealand’s only professional flute sax piano trio, since 2019.
Ghost Trio is presented in association with Chamber Music NZ and with support from KIPC Trust