César Saura, piano
Javier Montañana, violin
Hannah Lewis, cello
The Cygnus Trio illustrates the capacity of music and musicianship to transcend physical and geographical boundaries, with twin homes in Valencia and London.
In Valencia, Javier Montañana and César Saura initially studied together and formed a duo, before enrolling at the Royal Academy of Music, where they respectively studied violin with Richard Deakin, and piano with Daniel Ben-Pienaar and William Fong. In London, Hannah Lewis won a scholarship to continue her cello studies with David Smith at the Royal Academy.
In 2012, across both Valencia and London, the three formed the Cygnus Piano Trio and have been playing and travelling together ever since.
They are currently enrolled in the high specialisation course at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, where they receive coaching from the Quartetto di Cremona, besides also receiving coaching from Richard Deakin, Michael Dussek and Nicholas Roberts. They have also taken part in masterclasses with musicians such as Pascal Devoyon, Raphael Walfisch and Alfred Brendel.
They have won prizes in several international competitions such as the ‘Antón García Abril’ International Chamber Music Competition and the ‘Ecoparque de Trasmiera’, amongst others. This success has allowed them to build up regular concert engagements in Spain and the UK and Italy. In recent years, they have been invited to perform in events such as the Santander International Festival, Panticosa International Festival, Music Coll, Wye Valley Chamber Music, and in venues such as the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona and the Auditorium “Lo Squero” in Venice.