george barton & siwan rhys, piano and percussion duo, with toy piano © dejan mrdja

about us

GBSR Duo, comprising George Barton (percussion) and Siwan Rhys (piano), is acquiring a national reputation for exceptional interpretations of the existing piano-percussion repertoire, well-chosen commissions, committed performances of new works, and inventive collaborations.

With a keen emphasis on commissioning and repertoire-building complemented by the respect and trust of composers, recent world premieres include works from Nicholas Moroz, Cee Haines (CHAINES), Arne Gieshoff, Oliver Sellwood and many others, and  European and UK premieres of works by Nicole Lizée, Barbara Monk Feldman, Eric Wubbels and others. Meanwhile their interest in cross-disciplinary and experimental work has led to ongoing collaborations with Angharad Davies, Dejan Mrdja, Cameron Graham and other artists.

Their recording of Oliver Leith's good day good day bad day bad day, a 45-minute piece premiered in 2018 after long collaboration with the composer, was released in August 2020 by Another Timbre to general critical acclaim, including being a “Highlight of 2020” on BBC Radio 3's New Music Show.

Their recording of Stockhausen's KONTAKTE was released in October 2019 by all that dust. It was made album of the week in The Guardian, and was called a "landmark performance" by Tom Service on BBC Radio 3.

Their recording of the piano and percussion works of Barbara Monk Feldman was recently released on Another Timbre.

See the releases page for full details.

Recent performances include Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Presteigne Festival, Music We'd Like to Hear, Music at Oxford, the Birmingham University concert series and City University of London concert series. They were also Featured Artists at the 2019 Hartley Residency, University of Southampton, and Artists in Residence at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2020.

See the concerts page for upcoming events.

Radio broadcasts include performances of new works on BBC R3's, Night Tracks, New Music Show, Late Junction and In Tune, BBC World Service's The Arts Hour, BBC R6's Freak Zone, RTÉ's Sound Out, and PBS Australia's The Sound Barrier.

After their 2019 performance at Huddersfield they were invited to join the hcmf// Fielding Talent mentoring programme. Through this programme hcmf// will be working with them to develop, showcase and promote their work.

Individually they perform as soloists and chamber musicians, and work with ensembles including the Colin Currie Group, London Sinfonietta, Apartment HouseBritten Sinfonia, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, CBSO, Nash Ensemble, OAE, London Contemporary Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, 12 Ensemble and many others.

photo © dejan mrdja