“…These performances are sincere, imaginative
and fresh as paint…”
Gramophone (UK)


Metamorphoses, Jean Johnson clarinet – Mikhail Zemtsov viola – Ilona Timchenko piano

Although the basis for this trio is obviously Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio, the trio are also strong advocates of contemporary music. The trio started off in 2016 and released their first CD in 2018, for which they received rave reviews internationally.

The individual members of the group, have performed as chamber musician all over the world: In addition to being a member of Daniel’s Beard chamber ensemble in Glasgow, Jean Johnson plays in a duo with her husband, pianist Steven Osborne. She has performed in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Esplanade Singapore, Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City, “Spannungen” Heimbach Germany, Bath Music Festival, Hindsgavl Festival Denmark, Schwetzingen Germany, Prussia Cove, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, St. Magnus Festival, and Sound Festival. Mikhail Zemtsov, who is also a conductor, has participated in numerous International Festivals in Europe, Far East and the Americas as chamber music partner to Bella Davidovitch, Boris Berezovsky, Dmitri Sitkovetski, Sarah Chang, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Misha Maisky; the Leipziger, Jerusalem and Borodin quartets. He has recorded numerous CDs for Sony Masterworks, Tower Records, Deutsche Welle, Ottavo, D&G, as well as recordings for TV and radio. Mikhail is a prize winner of the First International Viola Competition (Vienna,1998) and of the Elisa Meyer String Competition (Hamburg, 1998).  Ilona Timchenko, was winner of the first prize in the Third Abstract Securities Landor Competition in 2007, and of more than 20 prizes at International Competitions, among them 7 First Prizes. She appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall, Philips Hall in Holland, Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and Madrid’s Monumental Theatre. Ilona is artistic leader of the Peregrinos Musaicales Festival in Santiago de Compostella, Spain.

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  • Metamorphoses 5 years!

    Metamorphoses 5 years!
    This month we celebrate the 5th anniversary of Metamorphoses. They have toured in Netherlands, UK and Spain and hopefully they can continue with their concerts this summer – after more than a year silence. Many concerts are plannend in UK, Netherlands and they start this summer in Spain. They are also very much looking forward to go to Russia for some concerts coming season.
    Last season should have seen the world première of Theo Loevendie’s piece METAMORF, which was specially written for them, but this has been moved forward to the 2021/22 season.
    Here’s a video to celebrate their 5th anniversary:

  • Metamorphoses UK tour February 2020

    Today Metamorphoses start their UK tour in Ilkley. Pianist Ilona Timchenko is at home with a new baby on the way. We are grateful that Elena Fischer-Dieskau could take over from Ilona.
    UK Tour dates are:
    12-2-2020 Ilkley
    13-2-2020 Morpeth
    14-2-2020 Matlock
    16-2-2020 Spalding
    17-2-2020 Bury St Edmonds
    19-2-2020 Preston

  • 5 star review Metamorphoses new CD

    “…Metamorphoses flaunts a technique and unquestionable expressiveness. Bravo!…”

    5 star review in Melomano Magazine November 2018.

  • Metamorphoses review Australia: Stunningly performed!

    “…Mozart’s ‘Kegelstatt Trio’ needs no introduction. He was a particular lover of the clarinet, and produced some of the finest works in the repertoire.

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  • Metamorphoses Rave review Fanfare (USA)

    “…I have nothing but admiration to express for the playing of these three musicians. British-American clarinettist Jean Johnson is nothing short of phenomenal. 

    Read more …

  • Review Metamorphoses CD BBC

    BBC Radio3 reviewed Metamorphoses’ debut CD in BBC Record Review: “…Metamophoses are fantastic, incredibly clever, tight and very polished. Beautiful frasings…”.

    BBC Record Review, BBC 3, Saturday 7 April 2018

  • Metamorphoses first CD

    The first CD of Metamorphoses is released! The CD contains Fairy Tales by Schumann, Trio by Leo Smit, Kegelstatt Trio by Mozart and Jean Francaix’s trio.

Live Concert Excerpts

“…I have nothing but admiration to express for the playing of these three musicians. British-American clarinettist Jean Johnson is nothing short of phenomenal.” Fanfare Magazine, USA

“…This is a stand-out performance. I would not hesitate to recommend this ensemble and this disc to anyone. It is highly enjoyable and stunningly performed. Music is in fine hands for the future with young artists of this calibre…” Daily Classical Music, Australia.

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