Chloé Piano Trio, 2021 RPS Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award winners

Chloé Piano Trio

RPS Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award | £5,000

The Chloé Piano Trio are the winners of the 2021 RPS Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award. This award comprises a £5,000 cash prize to fund future performance opportunities and tailored career support from the RPS in the 2021/22 season.

A comment from The Chloé Piano Trio:

'We are immensely grateful to the Royal Philharmonic Society for the Henderson prize. Despite the global situation we are living in, the Trio has been planning a lot of future projects, which include launching our first CD (with works by Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger and Rebecca Clarke) and curating a new concert series in South East London aimed at showcasing women composers repertoire; as well as having guest musicians and lecturers, we will be engaging with a local school through side-by-side performances. Alongside this, we are looking forward to continuing our training and expand our involvement in various international competitions, with some of the funding being directed at covering travel and application costs.'


The Chloé Piano Trio (Maria Gîlicel, Jobine Siekman and George Todica) was formed in 2017 by talented emerging musicians at the Royal College of Music, London. The trio has performed across the UK and abroad (France and Switzerland), including at London venues, Charlton House, Royal Academy of Arts, Champs Hill (Sussex), Austrian Cultural Forum, Lichfield Festival, Banstead Arts Festival and Hargrave Festival, to name a few. Last July they also performed at the Ticino Musica Festival in Lugano, Switzerland. Other recent highlights were performances at the Elgar Room (Royal Albert Hall) and a performance for HRH Prince Charles during his President Visit at the Royal College of Music.

In April 2018 the Chloé Piano Trio, at the time known as the Daphnis Trio, was nominated by the RCM for the Birmingham Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition and won the Third Prize. The repertoire of the trio ranges from Baroque and Classical periods to the modern and newly commissioned music. The Trio is also highly interested in the performance of works written by female composers, having already recorded Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio and Lili Boulanger’s D’un Soir Triste and D’un Matin Du Printemps at Abbey Road Studios.

The ensemble has received tuition from such high profile musicians as Norma Fisher, Ulrich Koella, Lucy Gould, Richard Lester, Ben Hancox, Mark Messenger, Simon Lepper, Suzie Meszaros, Leonid Kerbel, and others. Upcoming activities include the release of an album with music by female composers in collaboration with the Abbey Road Institute and concerts in Romania and the Netherlands.

To find out more about the Chloé Piano Trio, take a look at their website and social media pages linked below: