The Daphne Trio
The Daphne Trio was formed by award-winning students and alumni of the Royal College of Music in London. The trio has performed to great acclaim across the UK, and has been recognised for their thoughtful, intriguing and carefully curated programmes. Upcoming highlights this season include performances at St John’s Smith Square, the Austrian Cultural Forum, as well as other festivals and music societies.
Violinist Elizaveta Saul has given recitals throughout the UK, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Norway, with her UK appearances including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall. She holds awards from a number of national and international competitions and festivals and has participated in master-classes with well-known musicians, such as Maxim Vengerov and Alexander Markov.
Elizaveta is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music where she completed both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Performance degrees with Alexander Gilman and Jan Repko. While at the RCM Elizaveta was the Hamilton-Stewart Scholar supported by the Lydia Napper Award, and had held scholarships from ABRSM, Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, Help Musicians UK and the Drake Calleja Trust.
As an active chamber music performer she has collaborated with world class musicians such as Peter Frankl and worked alongside Carducci and Harlem quartets, as well as being a member of LGT Young Soloists. She has appeared as the leader of RCM Symphony, Opera and Philharmonic orchestras on numerous occasions and recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Elizaveta is performing on a 1775 Landolfi violin on a generous loan from the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation.
Anna Crawford is a postgraduate cellist studying with Richard Lester at the Royal College of Music, where she is an RCM Award Holder supported by the Victor and Lilian Hochhauser Scholarship. She is also supported by a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Derek Butler Award.
Anna has twice won first prize in the RCM Cello Competition, was a first prize winner at the Padova International Competition and was a highly commended semi-finalist at the Tunbridge Wells International Competition. She also won the Cox Memorial Prize in the finals of the 2022 Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition and was a prize-winner in the 2022 D’Addario competition.
Highlights as a soloist include performing Ina Boyle’s ‘Elegy’ with the RCM Philharmonic, the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto as part of the London Mozart Players ‘Cello- Fest’ and recitals at Sevenoaks Music Club and Fairfield Halls.
Anna has performed with ensembles including LGT Young Soloists and the European Union Youth Orchestra.
Ana Manastireanu is an increasingly sought-after collaborative pianist, specialising in song accompaniment and chamber music. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Leeds Lieder Young Artist and a Musicians’ Company Young Artist.
Some of her most recent competition achievements include the Audience Prize in the Somerset Song Prize, as well as the Accompanist Prize in the AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition and in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards held at the Wigmore Hall.
Recent performances include collaborations with tenor Mark Padmore CBE and baritone Roderick Williams OBE, as well as appearances on BBC Radio 3 - In Tune and in the Aldeburgh Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, North Norfolk Music Festival, Brighton Festival, Lewes Festival of Song and Leeds Lieder Festival.
Ana graduated with an Artist Diploma in Collaborative Piano from the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied with Kathron Sturrock, Simon Lepper, Roger Vignoles, Niel Immelman and Leon McCawley.