Formed in 2013, Cello Ensemble Tre Voci is made up of Norwegian cellist Torun Saeter Stavseng and British cellists/composers Gregor Riddell and Colin Alexander. All experienced soloists/chamber instrumentalists, Tre Voci performs music ranging from transcriptions of medieval and renaissance vocal music by composers such as John Dunstable and Josquin Des Prez to contemporary commissions including the use of electronics and improvisation. Tre Voci has commissioned works by Richard Glover, William Davy Cole, John Lely, Jonathan Cole, Taylor Brook (CA) and Stine Sørlie (NO) as well as works by ensemble members. From 2013-14, Tre Voci was the resident ensemble with nu:nord, an international artistic cooperation project between new-music creators. Through this initiative, Tre Voci has collaborated with international performers including Silje Ker Johnsen (NO), Eivind Lønning (NO), Simon Roth (UK), Adam Teixeira (CA), Mira Bernjamin (CA) and numerous new works have been written for the ensemble with performances across Norway and the UK.
In 2014, Tre Voci toured the UK to promote the release of its debut album on Slip Records including a launch at Kings Place Out Hear Series. All members are active curators with a strong interest in creative programming. Through their series’ Revolve and re:sound, members have recently held residencies at London venues including Limewharf and Union Chapel through which they have developed on-going collaborations with artists from a wide pool of genres.
Tre Voci collaborated with 840 series in 2015 performing at the JdP Hall (Oxford), Handel House (London) and St James’ Islington with premieres by Sergei Zagny, Peter Wiegold, Luiz Enrique Yudo, Timothy Cape, Edwin Hillier and 840 founders Nicholas Peters and Alex Nikiporenko.
In 2016 the group performed and recorded in Oslo as part of the concert series Krantz set up by member Torun Stavseng. The ensemble presented a programme of early works alongside a number of highly original new works for cello trio and organ by pianist/organist/composer Kit Downes. The recordings made during this very special project are due to be released later this year.
2017 will see the group collaborate with non-classical to present an exciting series of concerts in the latter half of the year. These concerts will see the trio work alongside the South Bank Gamelan Ensemble, Kit Downes and 12ensemble with substantial new works by Bryn Harrison, David Stephen Grant and Mica Levi. Tre Voci’s recording of Alex Nikiporenko’s Modus Triplex was shortlisted in the British Composer Awards and is being released by non-classical as part of their Outside the Lines project.
The ensemble is grateful to the Britten Pears Foundation, Arts Council England, RVW Trust, Canada Council for the Arts and Richard Carne Trust for their support.