Maya Homburger, Helen Gough and Malcolm Proud are all foremost players upon authentic instruments who have come together as TRIO VIRTUOSO to perform the highly demanding virtuosic masterpieces of the Baroque, such as Tartini's Devil's Trill, Corelli's La Folia and sonatas by Locatelli, Vivaldi, Geminiani etc.. Programmes can also include Bach Solo Suites and Sonatas, Telemann Solo Fantasies and Harpsichord solo pieces by Scarlatti, Bach or Couperin.
Their repertoire ranges from early Baroque sonatas by composers such as H.I.F. Biber and Dario Castello to those of Vivaldi, Handel and Leclair thus embracing the whole gamut of styles from Italy, France and Germany during the Baroque Period.
Born and educated in Switzerland, Maya Homburger moved to England in 1986 to join John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists, Trevor Pinnock's The English Concert and other period instrument groups.
Ever since meeting the composer and solo bassist Barry Guy on the occasion of an extended concert tour with Christopher Hogwood's Academy of Ancient Music she has devoted her time between managing his London Jazz Composers Orchestra, running their CD label MAYA recordings and developing her own personal style on the baroque violin, specialising more and more in chamber music and solo performance.
She is leader of the groups The Chandos Baroque Players and Trio Virtuoso. In 1993 she recorded the twelve fantasies for solo violin by G.Ph.Telemann and in 1995 the six sonatas for violin and harpsichord by J.S. Bach together with Malcolm Proud.
Having been invited to play Telemann for the Jazz Festival in Rive de Gier (France) she shared the concert with Barry Guy combining baroque and new compositions and improvisations. For this occasion they commissioned Buxton Orr and Giles Swayne to write pieces for baroque violin and double bass.
Other new works in her repertoire include Barry Guy's compositions Celebration for solo violin, Ceremony for violin and tape and a Chaconne by Roger Marsh for baroque violin and double bass.
In 1996 Barry Guy and Maya Homburger moved to Thomastown, Ireland, where they hope to contribute both to the early as well as the contemporary music scene. Her instrument is an Italian baroque violin, made by Antonio dalla Costa, Treviso in 1740 which is in its original baroque condition.
The Irish harpsichordist and organist Malcolm Proud read music at Trinity College Dublin. Further keyboard studies followed in Copenhagen and with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam.
Since winning The Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition in 1982 he has performed throughout Europe and North America. He has played as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at London's Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls, and with The Gabrieli Players and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Like Maya Homburger he is a member of the Chandos Baroque Players. His recordings include Bach's 5th Brandenburg Concerto with the Age of Enlightenment, Bach's Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord with John Dornenburg and Purcell's harpsichord music.
He is a full-time lecturer in music at the Waterford Regional Technical College and organist at St. Canice's Cathedral in Kilkenny where he lives with his wife Susan and their three children.
Helen Gough is one of the leading cellists of the younger generation of period instrument specialists in Britain. Helen studied anthropology at Cambridge University before taking up a place as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music, winning scholarships from the Countess of Munster and Ian Fleming Trusts.
Her particular enjoyment of continuo playing led her to specialise in historical performing styles, going on to train for a year with the European Community Baroque Orchestra. She now plays regularly with groups such as the King's Consort, The Academy of Ancient Music and The Gabrieli Consort with whom she has made many recordings.
Owing to her interest in the early cello repertoire, Helen also plays the basse de violon, a precursor of the cello, and on this instrument she has recorded Purcell's complete church music as continuo bass violinist with the King's Consort.