About

LYREBIRD TRIO
The Lyrebird Trio is comprised of Australian musicians Glenn Christensen (violin), Simon Cobcroft (cello) and Angela Turner (piano), all distinguished graduates of the Queensland Conservatorium. Formed in early 2013, the trio takes their name after the remarkable Australian native lyrebird, also an important emblem of their alma mater for much of its history.
 
In July 2013, Lyrebird Trio won all piano trio prizes at the quadrennial Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition: the Beluera Prize for best piano trio, and the Peter Druce Audience Prize. Subsequently, they featured in the ABC International documentary “Ivory, Strings and Bows”, broadcast in over 40 countries across Asia, North America, the Pacific and Indian subcontinent. As Winter Musicians-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, they gave numerous performances across the region in January/February 2014. The trio made a welcome return to Banff in January/February 2015, recording their debut CD for the Master Performers label, hailed by The Australian as “exquisite and exhilarating” and “an impressive recording that augurs well for a long and enriching life by three stellar young Australian musicians.”
 
During 2014-2016, Lyrebird Trio were Ensemble-In-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium, and since 2018 are Ensemble-In-Residence at the Mackay Chamber Music Festival. In addition to their core season, other recent appearances have included engagements at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (Victoria), Tyalgum Festival (NSW), Ukaria Cultural Centre (South Australia), Musica Viva QLD, 4MBS Festival of Classics, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with The Metropolitan Orchestra (Sydney), and recordings and broadcasts for ABC-Classic FM, and the MBS networks.
 
Outside of the trio, Glenn Christensen is a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Simon Cobcroft is Principal Cello with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and Angela Turner is a specialist lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

 

 

Glenn Christensen, violin

Glenn Christensen is currently a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has previously held the position of Principal First Violin of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and has also performed as Guest Principal 1st Violin with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Glenn was Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra during 2012-2013. He graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2011, and was the first person to be awarded three highest medals – the Conservatorium Medal, the University Medal and the Music Medal. Glenn took out every prize in the prestigious Kendall National Violin Competition in 2009, and has appeared as soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions.

Simon Cobcroft, cello

Simon Cobcroft is currently Principal Cello with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. After eight years as Sub-Principal Cellist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon returned to Queensland in 2012 to take up the position of Associate Principal Cello with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, a position he has also held with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Since graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium and Australian National Academy of Music, Simon has also performed frequently with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony and the Philharmonia Orchestra (London).

Angela Turner, piano

Angela Turner has performed as piano soloist and chamber musician throughout Australia, England, Canada and Taiwan. 2017 marks her 12th year of lecturing at the Queensland Conservatorium, and 19th as specialist piano lecturer at Young Conservatorium. A Conservatorium Medallist (2000), Angela completed a Master of Music on exchange at the Royal College of Music, London. She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious national awards, in the capacities of chamber musician, associate artist and soloist.








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2020 was planned to be a busy year from the Lyrebirds, with recitals, teaching engagements and festival appearances around Australia. Unfortunately, due to uncertainties and challenges due the COVID-19 pandemic, all events were cancelled.  Let's see what is possible in 2021... watch this space and please stay in touch via our facebook page!  

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Performances

  • Mackay Chamber Music Festival, Mackay QLD, July 17-18, 2021

    17-18 July, 2021 - Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Mackay Simon Cobcroft and Angela Turner are excited to return to Mackay for the 3rd Mackay Chamber Music Festival, and to take masterclasses with local musicians.     

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Lyrebird Trio
Beethoven, Westlake, Smetana
Master Performers MPI 15 003

''The performances are exquisite and exhilarating, captured in a grateful acoustic, the booklet notes are exemplary. An impressive recording that augurs well for a long and enriching life by three stellar young Australian musicians.'' 4.5 stars - Vincent Plush, The Australian, Weekend Review, February 2016

Recorded January 2015, Rolston Recital Hall, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

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Beethoven: Piano Trio op.70 no.1 "Ghost" - 3rd movt excerpt 
Recorded: Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Canada; January 2015
Producer and Engineer: Anastasia Rybakova, Gosia Napiontek


Nigel Westlake: Piano Trio (2003) - 3rd movt excerpt 
Recorded: Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Canada; January 2015
Producer and Engineer: Anastasia Rybakova, Gosia Napiontek


Smetana: Piano Trio op.15 in G minor - 1st movt excerpt 
Recorded: Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Canada; January 2015
Producer and Engineer: Anastasia Rybakova, Gosia Napiontek


Schumann: Piano Trio no.2 op.80 in F major - 1st movt excerpt 
Recorded: Live Recording, Studio 420, ABC, Brisbane Australia; July 2014
Sound Engineer: Costa Zouliou


Schumann: Piano Trio no.2 op.80 in F major - 3rd movt excerpt
Recorded: Live Recording, Studio 420, ABC, Brisbane Australia; July 2014
Sound Engineer: Costa Zouliou


Schumann: Piano Trio no.2 op.80 in F major - 4th movt excerpt
Recorded: Live Recording, Studio 420, ABC, Brisbane Australia; July 2014
Sound Engineer: Costa Zouliou


Shostakovich: Piano Trio no.2 op.67 in E minor - 2nd movt excerpt
Recorded: Live Recording, Studio 420, ABC, Brisbane Australia; July 2014
Sound Engineer: Costa Zouliou


Shostakovich: Piano Trio no.2 op.67 in E minor - 4th movt excerpt
Recorded: Live Recording, Studio 420, ABC, Brisbane Australia; July 2014
Sound Engineer: Costa Zouliou


Shostakovich: Piano Trio no.2 op.67 in E minor - 4th movt excerpt
Recorded: Live Recording, Studio 420, ABC, Brisbane Australia; July 2014
Sound Engineer: Costa Zouliou


 

 

 

 

 

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