zalas trio
Photo by Igor Cortadellas

The Zalas Trio was founded in 2004 by Carlota Amargós, violin, Beatrix Graf, clarinet and Nikos Stavlas, piano, three students of the Royal College of Music, London. Their aspiration is to bring new compositions for this unique combination to the concert platform and make contemporary music accessible for a wider audience.

The group owes a lot to Kathron Sturrock, whose coaching and support has proved invaluable to their development as a chamber group. In addition to that, they have worked with renowned musicians such as Richard Hosford, Hartmut Rohde, Yonty Solomon, Mark Messenger, Ernesto Molinari. Since 2008 they have been enjoying a working relationship with the Verdehr Trio, a pioneer group based in Michigan, US, that serves as reference for the evolution of this particular combination. Their repertoire ranges from works of the early 20th century such as Milhaud’s Suite op.157b, Stravinsky's Soldier’s Tale and Bartók's Contrasts to contemporary pieces by Gian Carlo Menotti, Jonathan Harvey, Konstantinos Pantelidis, Joan Albert Amargós, who also wrote his La Niña Bonita especially for them, and others.

The Zalas Trio has performed in various venues in the UK, Spain, Greece, Italy and the USA. Major engagements include appearances at the State Symphony Orchestra "Palace" concert hall in Thessaloniki, Greece, Casa Elizalde's, La Casa Milà, the Brudieu and Cadaqués music festivals, a collaboration with the Granollers Chamber Orchestra as well as a tour on the Balearic Islands organized by the Juventudes Musicales de España. In 2009, the Zalas Trio gave well-acclaimed recitals in the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall in London.