When Laurence Matheson and Matthias Balzat met in February 2020 to play trio concerts for Wilma & Friends, they hit it off instantly, both musically and personally. We decided to play more together and the Argyle Trio was born. However, a pandemic intervened to keep us on opposite sides of the planet until these 2023 concerts which will be our long-awaited reunion. Beethoven’s C minor Trio is such a perfect gem, it’s hard to believe it’s his Opus 1 and it’s the ideal springboard into the totally different world of heart-on-sleeve Slavic romanticism. Dvorak’s famous “Dumky” trio features a passionately lamenting cello – dumky being the plural of dumka, an epic ballad or song of lament. Less familiar, but a powerful work of unbridled passion, Smetana’s early trio is dedicated to his eldest daughter who had just died aged four from scarlet fever. He was a generation older than Dvorak and his rhapsodic trio of clearly elegiac character is a milestone of romanticism, in a way forecasting the music that would soon come from Brahms, Dvorak and others.


Argyle Trio will also be performing in New Zealand in September 2023. Check out their events page for more info.


Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Bedřich Smetana – Piano Trio in G minor Op. 15
Antonin Dvořák – Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor “Dumky”, Op. 90

☞ Please note that the concert in Beleura will only feature the Beethoven and Dvořák



Argyle Trio

Laurence Matheson, piano
Wilma Smith, violin
Matthias Balzat, cello

26 August 2023, 2:30pm

St Stephen’s Anglican Church Richmond
360 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121

Adults: $35
School Students: $10
University Students: $20

Enquiries: (03) 9428 4871

27 August 2023, 2pm

Hobart Town Hall, Hobart
50 Macquarie St, Hobart TAS 7000

Adults: $30
Concession: $25
Students: $15

Enquiries: +61 409 655 024

29 August 2023, 7pm

Mulberry Manse
8 Roses Lane, Clunes, Clunes VIC 3370

General: $45
Concession: $40

Enquiries: +61 417 498 270

30 August 2023, 7:30pm

Ian Roach Hall, Scotch College
1 Morrison St, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Adults: $35
School Students: $10
University Students: $20
Season Subscription: $90

Enquiries: 9810 4219 or 9810 4398 (Music Office)

31 August 2023, 1:30pm

Beleura House & Garden
Mornington VIC 3931

(Afternoon tea included)

Please note that the programme will feature the Beethoven and Dvořák only

Full: $55
Concession: $50

Enquiries: 03 5975 2027