Mithras Trio

Ionel Manciu (violin)
Leo Popplewell (cello)
Dominic Degavino (piano)

Formed of current postgraduate students at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Mithras Trio came together in 2017 under the guidance of Matthew Jones, Carole Presland and Ursula Smith. As well as benefitting from tuition with members of the Endellion Quartet, they have also received regular coaching from András Keller and Rolf Hind, and were selected to perform in masterclasses with Ralf Gothóni, Levon Chilingirian, the Takacs, Danish and Emerson Quartets, and Alasdair Tait.

Ionel, Leo and Dominic, all Scholarship holders at GSMD, are experienced collaborators, having appeared in the Barbican Hall, City of London Festival, Harmos Festival Portugal, and Orpheus and Bacchus Festival among others. They have also worked in side-by-side performances with eminent musicians including Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, Krysia Osostowicz, Andrew Marriner, Janine Jansen, Wihan and Chilingirian Quartets, and Ben Frith. Individually they have had successes in a number of international competitions, including the Concours International de Piano d'Epinal in France, the Imola International Piano Awards, the Orpheus Musician of the Year Competition, the Brant International Piano Competition and Bromsgrove International Musicians' Competition. Dominic was also the keyboard section winner of both the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition and the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Arts Competition.

In 2018 the Mithras Trio won first prize in the St. James Chamber Music Competition and second prize at the inaugural Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. They have made festival appearances at Lake District Summer Music Festival, Guildhall Chamber Music Festival and Highgate International Chamber Music Festival.

They are passionate exponents of contemporary music, having performed works by Helen Grime and Christopher Brammeld last season, and recently giving the world première of a new piece by Péter Tornyai at the Solti Hall in Budapest, who dedicated the work to the Mithras Trio after working with them. They look forward to two concerts in the Lake District this year, in addition to a debut at the Leeds International Concert Season.