The Mirror Has Three Faces



Formed in 2008, Strelitzia is a vibrant chamber ensemble featuring Lucy Warren (violin), Eleanor Betts (cello) and Michael Curtain (piano) which has been widely praised for its innovative and eclectic programming. The ensemble is deeply committed to promoting Australian music by both emerging and established composers, and female composers of the past and present.

Strelitzia Ensemble performs two contrasting yet perfectly complementary piano trios that grapple with the notion of conflicting personas and artifice. Both Robert Schumann and Lera Auerbach have been heavily involved in literary writing as well as composing, with Schumann well known for the two imaginary personas (Florestan and Eusebius) that he used in his work as a music critic. In the varied moods of The Mirror Has Three Faces, Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach, herself an acclaimed poet, uses the unfolding of a hinged mirror as a metaphor for a story in three parts. The portrait that emerges asks us: ‘Are these three facets of the same person, or three separate images?’

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Strelitzia Piano Trio


Strelitzia Piano Trio
Lucy Warren violin
Eleanor Betts cello
Michael Curtain piano


Lera Auerbach
Piano Trio No.2 Triptych – This Mirror Has Three Faces

I. Prelude (Left Exterior Panel) – Moderato libero
II. First Unfolding (Left Interior Panel) – Allegro appassionato
III. Second Unfolding (Right Interior Panel) – Libero
VI. Tell’em What You See (Three Faces – Center Panel). Allegro assai
V. Folding – Postlude (Right Exterior Panel) – Adagio nostalgico

Robert Schumann
Piano Trio No.3 in G minor, Op.110


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.