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Northern Lights – Jeremy Siepmann interviews Simon Crawford-Phillips of the Kungsbacka Trio

August 16, 2011

Simon Crawford-Phillips

Like all the best ensembles, the Kungsbacka Piano Trio was founded on friendship. And it shows. Chamber music itself has been famously described as ‘the music of friends’. Yet it can test as well as celebrate friendship, requiring not only personal chemistry but a degree of diplomacy, and the flexibility to perceive compromise as a gain, not a loss. It begets a particular kind of wisdom that can elude the soloist for life. It has its source in mutual respect, but the air it breathes is joy. For many, it is the most life-enhancing branch of music going. Given its grounding in friendship, I was eager to learn from Simon Crawford-Phillips just how the Kungsbacka Trio got its start. Read more


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