The Coriolan String Trio combines the forces of chamber musicians from renowned chamber groups, with a thirst for exploring and expanding on the repertoire for String Trio.


    As chamber musicians they perform in some of the world's most eminent concert halls, including Wigmore Hall, het Concertgebouw, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin and Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre. As founding members of the Finzi String Quartet, Ruth and Sara performed internationally, broadcast and recorded together until 2012. Robin was cellist in the critically acclaimed Fidelio Trio for over 10 years, with an extensive discography and premiering over 100 new works for the genre. Since first meeting in 2013, all three have enjoyed collaborating through Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and projects at Kings Place, London.


  • Musicians

    Ruth Gibson



    Ruth has appeared at the world’s leading concert halls, including Wigmore Hall, Het Concertgebouw, Queen Elizabeth hall, Auditiorio Sony in Madrid and Berlin Konzerthaus. Her love of chamber music is fulfilled through her work as a member of Ensemble 360, and regular festival performances across Europe including Odsherreds Kammermusikfestival, Southwell Festival, Saint-Mere Festival and Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival.

    She regularly performs with Internationally renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas, including a performance of Schubert Trout Quintet and Brahms piano quartet live for BBC3 at the Clandeboye Festival.

    Ruth is a laureate of numerous prizes. As a member of the Finzi Quartet she was a Prize Winner of the 2010 Royal Over Seas League Competition and the 5th Trondheim International String Quartet Competition in Norway. In 2015 she won a Park Lane Group Award, for her solo playing, performing viola works of Pendercki at the Purcell Room, London.

    Alongside Ensemble 360, she plays regularly with the Scottish Ensemble and Nash Ensemble, and performances in 2014 included performances at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Philharmonie in Berlin. She has toured China, South America, Russia, Finland and Mexico as Principal Viola with Camerata Ireland, and is a regular guest as Principal Viola with Manchester Camerata, Aurora Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia.

    As a soloist, Ruth has performed under Sir John Elliott Gardiner with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and has broadcasted for BBC4.

    As a member of Chambr, she collaborated with Jazz guitarist, Nick Tyson, performing live across the UK and recently collaborated with singer-song-writer, Keaton Henson, on his latest album, Behaving.

    Ruth is a tutor in Viola at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and is also the founder and artistic director of the String Quartet Collective which is currently in residence at the Royal College of Music in London.


    Robin Michael



    Born in 1976, Robin Michael studied at the the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and subsequently with Truls Mork, Steven Isserlis and Ferenc Rados. Robin is principal cello of the Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists and Les Siècles, and regular guest principal of the Orchestra
    of the Age of Enlightenment, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, English National Opera, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and RTE Concert Orchestra.

    Robin was the cellist in the critically acclaimed Fidelio Trio for over 10 years who premiered over 100 new works for the genre. They toured North America, Asia, South Africa and all over Europe.
    They have an extensive discography on labels such as Naxos, NMC, Delphian, Col Legno, MN Records and Metier. Other recordings include Joe Cutler's Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra (NMC records), Ginastera complete cello works (Lorelt), 'From Vienna'- Trios by Schoenberg, Korngold, Zemlinsky
    (NAXOS) and the first recording of the original version of the Mendelssohn Octet on period instruments.

    Robin plays on a cello made for him by the young German luthier Stephan von Baehr, 2010.

    Sara Wolstenholme



    A devoted chamber musician, Sara is currently a member of the Heath Quartet. In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artist Award. Their performances take them all over the world with future highlights including a return to Berlin Konzerthaus, performances in Austria with Michael Collins, complete cycles of Jorg Widmann's string quartets at Kilkenny Festival, Berlin's Boulez Saal and Wigmore Hall, as well as numerous appearances at summer festivals in the UK.

    Sara also appears as Guest violinist with ensembles such as the London Bridge Ensemble and Chamber Domaine and enjoys collaborations through Wye Valley Chamber Music, Festival & Rencontres de Musique de Chambre du Larzac, France; Southwell Festival and IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. She was Leader of the Finzi Quartet until 2012, performing internationally with radio broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and abroad. She has taught chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity College of Music and currently teaches chamber music at Birmingham Conservatoire.

    Sara has performed Concertos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Halle Orchestra and has given Duo recitals in the UK, Holland, Switzerland and Sweden.

    Until 2015 she has held positions as 50% Concertmaster with the Jönköpings Sinfonietta, Sweden and Principal First Violin with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. She is regularly invited as Guest Principal with orchestras around the UK and has appeared as Guest Leader with Aurora Orchestra and Co-Leader with Philharmonia and London Mozart Players.


    She spent many of her childhood holidays running wild in Snowdonia and founded the Beddgelert Music Festival in 2013. This festival aims to serve every corner of the community, bringing high quality music making and music education to this beautiful area she so loves.



  • Next Concert...

    Marryat Hall, Dundee

    Wednesday 6th December 2017


    Beethoven String Trio Op.9 No.2
    Schnittke Trio

    Mozart Divertimento for String Trio in E flat major K.563

    Caird Hall Complex
    City Square
    DD1 3BG








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