The Heart Speaks



Sutherland Trio combines the wealth of experience belonging to three of Australia’s most distinguished musicians.

Pianist Caroline Almonte, cellist Molly Kadarauch and violinist Elizabeth Sellars are international prize-winners who have played with chamber ensembles of the highest acclaim.

Formed in 2011, the Trio gave its debut concert at Melbourne Recital Centre where it has since performed five subscription series. Named after the pioneering Margaret Sutherland who is considered the matriarch of Australian composition, in 2017 Sutherland Trio pays tribute to her legacy by featuring a work by a female composer in each concert. The Trio combines great classics of the chamber repertoire with exciting directions in composition worldwide.

Bedřich Smetana’s only piano trio is considered one of the great masterpieces of the chamber repertoire. The trio is utterly compelling in its deeply rhapsodic and passionate use of Eastern European folk music, and its rich thematic variation is a milestone in romanticism. Smetana dedicated the trio to his daughter Bedřich to whom he was particularly close and who died from scarlet fever at the age of four. While the trio is suffused with grief, it is also a powerful affirmation of the human spirit which survives the physical body. Amy Beach’s Piano Trio was written in 1938 and is imbued with romantic and impressionistic gestures. Born in 1867, Beach was a prodigy in both piano and composition and was a successful pioneer for female composers in America and worldwide. Mostly self-taught, Beach navigated the expectations of society and her husband to emerge with a deeply poignant and unique musical voice.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Sutherland Trio


Amy Beach
Piano Trio in A minor, Op.150

Bedřich Smetana
Piano Trio in G Minor, Op.15