Embracing contemporary and classical music in the everyday world
Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Enterprise Fund 2021, Platform Music is comprised of a trio of celebrated musicians hailing from different corners of the world, whose artistic vision is to promote the role of contemporary classical music within mainstream culture. The members are all international award-winning soloists and chamber musicians in their own right, and met at the Royal Academy of Music in 2018.
Performing in venues from train stations and schools to concert halls, Platform Music consists of an international trio of Royal Academy of Music graduates: American violinist Luke Hsu, Peruvian violist Varinia Oyola Rebaza and British cellist Sarah Catherine Gait.
Their passion to bring contemporary music and their own take on traditional Folk Music and improvisation has led them to perform around the UK both on stage and in non-traditional spaces. Past projects include a collaboration with Virgin Trains to perform on train station platforms in Northern England, receiving extensive coverage in local press, as well as concerts throughout the UK.
Platform Music has a focus on contemporary music while also interlinking their programme with works from the 11th century and beyond. In 2021, they received an award from the Royal Philharmonic Society to assist in presenting a series of short online concerts, with a focus on black and ethnically diverse composers.
"Our musical identity and vision is to shine a light upon lesser-known composers from our homelands and beyond, presenting this music on an equal platform alongside celebrated works."
"The music being written now is often a very personal reflection of a composer’s experience of the world today. We believe this has a particular connection and relevance for us all, and we would love to give this music a bigger platform where it can reach and connect with the wonderful diverse and unique individuals who make up today’s society.
"Contemporary art and contemporary sculpture are often a key part of our public spaces and we aspire to bring contemporary music to share that same presence in our world."
American violinist Luke Hsu is 30 and from Houston, Texas. He has performed at the Wigmore Hall and Windsor Castle and for royalty around the world, including His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward and Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium. Luke is a top prize-winner in multiple international competitions, most recently the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition, and a featured young artist of The Violin Channel.