Artea String Trio
Thomas Gould - violin
Benjamin Roskams - viola
Ashok Klouda - cello
The members of the Artea String Trio are members of the well-known Artea Quartet, who met whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music in 2001. After studies with the Amadeus, Alberni and Wihan Quartet, they went on to forge a successful career, winning many awards and performing at festivals throughout the UK, including the BBC Proms, and at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room as well as live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.
In addition to their obvious love of chamber music, the members of the Artea String Trio enjoy a diverse range of music making on an individual level. Thomas Gould is a soloist and leader of the Aurora Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia. Benjamin Roskams is also an experienced orchestral musician, having worked extensively with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra of which he is a member of the first violin section. Ashok Klouda is a member of the cello octet Cellophony and is also co-founder/Director of the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival. The quartet has received critical acclaim for their recording of Mendelssohn’s Four Pieces for String Quartet for the Champs Hill label, released in 2014.