Abigail James is one of the most dynamic and exciting guitarists of her generation. She began her musical training in Canterbury at the Simon Langton Girls' School and the Kent Music Centre. Between 1990 and 1995 she studied at the Royal College of Music, where she was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to study with Carlos Bonell. She gained an MMus in Advanced Performance (RCM) and was a major prizewinner. In 1993 she was awarded the RCM prize for the performance of a work by a student composer. In 1995 she won the Madeline Walton Guitar Prize and was nominated by the College to take part in the Young Musicians Recording Trust Scheme. Abigail has taken part in solo masterclasses with Hubert Käppel, Alirio Diaz, Julian Byzantine, Berta Rojas and in ensemble workshops with John Williams. In 1999 she was a finalist in the South East Music Schemes' Musicians' Platform and was chosen to give a solo recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church (September 2000). Abigail has performed as a soloist in a wide variety of venues up and down the country including the Barbican, Brighton Chapel Royal, The Hurlingham Club, and in music clubs, music festivals and guitar societies. In 1998 and 1999 she gave recitals in London, Essex, East Sussex and Somerset, Kent and performed Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' with Hammersmith Symphony Orchestra. In 2000 Abigail will be taking part in Schoenberg's Serenade with new ensemble e2K and Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with Edgware Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician Abigail plays regularly as part of Ceciliana flute and guitar duo and has also performed with twentieth-century ensembles Reservoir, The Modern Consort and in The Opera Group's recent production of Peter Maxwell Davies' The Martyrdom of St.Magnus .
Jonathan Preiss studied initially with Valerie Barker, Phillip Dunn and Paul Cordell, before studying with Graham Wade at Leeds College of Music, where he graduated with prizes for guitar performance, composition and musicianship. In 1993 he moved to London to study with guitarist and composer Gilbert Biberian, and gained his Masters’ Degree from Trinity College of Music, as well as the chamber music prize.. He has also studied in masterclasses with John Mills, Benjamin Verdery and Leo Brouwer, and has performed at venues including the Barbican Centre, National Theatre Foyer, St. James’, Piccadilly, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, Holywell Music Room and festivals including Bromley, Exeter, Edinburgh, Dortmund and Trivero, Italy. He has performed with, amongst others, jazz saxophonist Rob Hall, with the highly respected sitarist Dharambir Singh, with music theatre company the Clod Ensemble, with baroque orchestra the Georgian Camerata and with British Youth Opera. He also plays and composes for jazz/classical crossover group Mirrorgame. As a composer he has written for a variety of ensembles, including music for dance and groups combining classical, jazz and North Indian classical instrumentalists, and his compositions for guitar Ten Studies and Three Rhapsodies are published by Bèrben.
Lee Sollory studied with Oliver Hunt and Gilbert Biberian. He made his performing debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1984 as soloist in Nigel Osbourne’s InCamera with the Varèse Ensemble. In 1983 he co-founded the contemporary music group MusicStage who subsequently played throughout the United Kingdom. In addition to solo performances he appears regularly with the flautist Kate Grace.
Lee has composed a wide variety of works for solo and instrumental groups including string quartet, guitar, piano, guitar trio as well as music for film and television and has received performances in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States of America and Turkey. Recent commissions have included a fourth guitar trio ‘Dream Key’, performed at this year’s Bath International Guitar Festival by the London Guitar Trio, a solo work for piano - ‘Chanson Rondeau’, for the Bulgarian Culture Centre performed by Anna Stoytcheva in Toronto and a fifth guitar trio ‘Japanese River Tales’ for the Pro Arte Guitar Trio commissioned by the Dillington Guitar Festival. As an educator Lee has composed numerous works for the student repertoire published by Navarin Edition and works as an examiner in Classical guitar for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for whom he has recently co-compiled and composed music for the new guitar syllabus.
"...works from across three continents and four centuries ... In all of these the p[layers demonstrated their mastery of contrasting styles and techniques, together with an impeccable approach to ensemble..." Gloucestershire Echo
The London Guitar Trio is Abigail James, Lee Sollory and Jonathan Preiss. Together they form an innovative chamber ensemble performing with energy and intricacy, versatility and intimacy. From sparkling counterpoint to driving rhythms, the trio and its unique repertoire offers music to entertain, challenge and move.
LGT's vibrant modern repertoire features works by 20th century masters, world music from Bulgarian folk to Brazilian jazz and over a dozen brand new pieces created especially for the group by composers from across Europe.
"... the performance was quite magnificent in effect ..." Classical Guitar on LGT's performance of Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in A minor
"... a piece of lyrical mood-painting .. the trio at its best" Gloucestershire Echo on Michael Henry's Like Water To The Moon premiered by LGT in 1996
Through innovative new arrangements the Trio also explores the music of the last 400 years. Sparkling Renaissance fantasias, baroque masterpieces and exquisite early rarities contrast with 19th elegance and exoticism.
"...witty and intelligent performers with a stylish sense of fun and a healthy outlook on drama and interpretation." (Classical Guitar Magazine)
"...tremendous flair and precision..." (Classical Guitar Magazine)
"...excellent interpretations by the London Guitar Trio..." (Scarborough Gazette & Herald)
"... a revelation ... character, individuality and a very high degree of musicianship..."(West Sussex Guitar Club)