Trio Goya
Maggie Cole - Fortepiano

Kati Debretzeni - Violin

Sebastian Comberti - Cello

Trio Goya

TRIO GOYA play Classical chamber music on period instruments. Formed out of a collective fascination with the new colours and narratives that these instruments suggest, the group concentrates its repertoire on the trios by Haydn and Mozart and the Beethoven opus 1 set. A fortepiano by Paul McNulty after Anton Walter, Vienna 1795 is the centrepiece of this music with the possibility of a later instrument being supplied for Beethoven from opus 70 (including the "Archduke Trio") and Schubert. Programmes can also include the three fine trios by Mozart's friend, the English stage composer Stephen Storace, Mozart's two dramatic fortepiano quartets and solo works for each of the three instruments by the aforementioned composers as well as their lesser known contemporaries.

Released initially as a download, their recording of Haydn trios,"The Heart of Invention" was released on Chandos Records in June 2010. A preview of this can be heard on the "taste of Haydn" page or by linking to

Trio Goya are pleased to announce that their recording of the three Beethoven opus 1 trios (recorded at Snape Maltings in November 2017) will be released on Chandos Records in July 2018.

Trio Goya's London appearances include a sell-out Wigmore concert and a rapturously received Kings Place concert in which they were joined by viola player James Boyd in piano quartets by Mozart and Beethoven.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Derek Warby as agent and manager. See Contacts page for further information.

Why "Trio Goya"? The working lives of all these composers were encompassed by the lifespan of Goya (1746 - 1828): his place in the development of painting is comparable to that of Beethoven in music, and the trio repertory follows the same Enlightenment path, from Classical elegance to Romantic expression.


Trio Goya is thrilled to announce the recent release of their new recording of Beethoven's opus 1 trios. Available on Amazon and from many other sources; here is a link to all the various ways to acquire the music.

Reviews for this new disc of Beethoven opus 1 trios

"Fresh, poised and alert to all dynamic possibilities, this is period instrument playing at its best."

The Observer

"These players' trim, alert, and sensitively inflected accounts of the first two trios of the set exploit a wide range of colour, tone and dynamic: the sensitivity of their ensemble is especially demonstrated in the slow movements of nos. 1 and 2 and in their appreciation of the wit in the last two movements of no. 2. However, their reading of no.3 with its minor-mode gravitas is the most searching. The slow movement is especially convincing at their flowing tempo, its variations dispatched with virtuosity, imagination and panache. The contrasts in the Menuetto are especially well handled and the fiery finale abounds in energy and dramatic gesture."

The Strad

"It's good to hear Kati Debretzeni in a chamber context: the refined grace of her playing finds its foil in Sebastian Comberti's luminous handling of the cello part with which Beethoven was beginning his emancipation of that instrument; Maggie Cole grounds the music with wit and authority. Each movement is meticulously shaped: the closing stages of the c minor are beautifully done, as the sound gradually fades away into the distance."

BBC Music Magazine

"Goya's music-making is often marvellous. In the two Scherzos, for instance, they revel in the composer’s playful brilliance: savour their giddy sforzandos in No 2, say, as well as the effervescent chatter of the running quavers in that movement’s central Trio."


"This excellent set is performed at A=430Hz on original instruments or copies thereof. The temperament used is that of Bach/Lehman which emphasises the brightness of sharp keys and the softness of flat ones.

The performance of the first trio is full of life, especially in the Presto finale; the crown is the expansiveness of the Adagio cantabile wherein Maggie Cole's touch is miraculous. The fortepiano, a McNulty copy of a 1795 Anton Walter, has a beautifully lucent sound, complemented by the gut strings on the violin and cello.

The Trio in G major is probably the least known of the three yet the work breathes serenity, reaching its apogee in the slow movement. Trio Goya captures the heart of this work; this is one of the finest performances anywhere, while the dynamism of the C minor offers excellent contrast.

There are excellent notes by William Drabkin. This Beethoven complements this group's superb Haydn for Chandos."

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