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Friday 6th May at 1.00pm in Inverness Town House


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Trio Doyenne is an internationally formed piano trio comprised of three young emerging artists. Monika Masanauskaite (piano, Lithuania), Michelle Dierx (violin, Belgium) and Shannon Merciel (cello, USA) began their journey at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017.

They were highly commended at the Governor’s Recital Prize for Chamber Music in February of that year. They successfully represented RCS at the Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition in Manchester and at the Annual General Assembly of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. Since then, they have been invited to competitions and recital venues around Europe. In May of 2018, they won first prize at the 24th Josep Mirabent i Migrans Chamber Music Competition in Sitges, Spain and the Mary D Adams Prize for Chamber Music by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In the summer of 2018, they toured to different venues around Europe performing Rachmaninoff’s iconic Trio “Elegiaque” in G minor and Shostakovich’s first piano trio. They were invited to perform at Dumfries House, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Concerts aux Chateâux Series in Saint-Savin (France), Racó de la Calma Music Series in Sitges, and at the 6th Eduardo Ocón International Course for Youth in Málaga, where they also spent the week giving private lessons to students of the course.

At the end of 2018, Shannon moved back to the United States, Michelle moved to London to pursue her Master’s at the Royal Academy of Music, and Monika remained in Glasgow to continue on to her Master’s at RCS. Though the three have been separated, it is their mission to continue to work together learning new repertoire and performing recitals in as many locations as they can. The trio hopes that, while they currently reside in different countries, they can maintain their musical cohesion by meeting a few times a year to perform recitals.

In May of 2022, they are performing a new recital programme, which features the three together as they bring the Chamber Music Springfest '22 to a close.

Lili Boulanger  :  D'un matin de printemps

Johannes Brahms  :  Piano Trio No 1 in B major, Op 8

Doors to Inverness Town House will open at 12.30pm

Admission costs £10.  Under 16s FREE.  Payment by cash or card.

Tickets may be pre-booked by emailing

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