Trio Sōra

Clémence de Forceville, Violine
Angèle Legasa, Violoncello
Pauline Chenais, Klavier

The Trio Sōra is considered as an ensemble with one of the rarest artistic identity of its generation. Through performances as subtle as inventive, and nourished by the different cultures of the member, these three passionate musicians give a unique interpretation of chamber music, with strength and sensitivity.

Already invited to some of the greatest international concert halls, such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Auditorium du Louvre, or London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Center, or as part of distinguished festivals such as La Folle Journée de Nantes, the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix en Provence as well as the Verbier Festival, the Trio Sōra distinguishes itself with its curiosity and high artistic aims.

Honoured by several awards gained in French and international competitions (lately at the Parkhouse Award), appointed Lauréat HSBC 2017 at the Festival d’Aix, and laureate of the Special Prize of the Verbier Festival Academy 2018, the three women keep entertaining and surprising.

Always concerned to enrich their artistic development, the musicians of the Trio Sōra regularly work with masters such as Mathieu Herzog, Menahem Pressler, the Quatuor Ebene and the Quatuor Artemis at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

The Trio Sōra thanks the Fondation Singer-Polignac, Proquartet-CEMC, Le Dimore Del Quartetto,  the Fondation Safran pour la Musique, the ADAMI, the Fondation Meyer, the Fondation Baillet-Latour of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel for their kind support. The violinist Magdalena Geka plays a Giuseppe Garneri 1697 violin and the cellist Angèle Legasa, a Julius-Caesare Gigli 1767 cello, instruments kindly lent by the Fondation Boubo-Music (Switzerland).

Quatuor Bergen

Mathilde Klein, Violine
Sakkan Sarasap, Violine
Mirabelle Le Thomas, Viola
Magdalena Probe, Violoncello

Das Quatuor Bergen begann seine musikalische Reise 2015 mit einem Studium am Pariser Konservatorium (CNSMDP) in der Klasse von Emanuelle Betrand. Von den unzähligen Möglichkeiten, dem außergewöhnlichen Timbre des Streichquartetts und dem vielschichtigen Repertoire für diese Besetzung begeistert, entschlossen sich die vier Musiker eine intensive und vielversprechende Zusammenarbeit zu beginnen.

Neben der Arbeit an klassischem Repertoire, arbeitet das Quatuor Bergen stets daran, seinen musikalischen Horizont zu erweitern, mit anderen Kunstformen den Schulterschluss zu suchen und seine Kunst auf neuen Wegen weiterzutragen. So wirkte das Quartett 2018 in dem Projekt „Boxe Boxe“ des Choreografen Mourad Merzouki gemeinsam mit 80 Tanzstudierenden der MPAA Paris mit und entwickelt gemeinsam mit einer Grundschule in Lyon das Opernprojekt „Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Haydn“ für Kinder.

Das Quatuor Bergen schärft seit Beginn seiner Zusammenarbeit sein künstlerisches Profil durch die Teilnahme an diversen Meisterkursen unter anderem bei Luc-Marie Aguera, Yovan Markovitch,Quatuor Modigliani, Alfred Brendel oder Roland Pidoux und die mehrfache Teilnahme an der European Chamber Music Academy, in Rahmen derer das Quartett Unterricht bei Johannes Meissl und Hatto Beyerle erhielt. Außerdem ist das Quatuor Bergen Preisträger des “Tremplin Jeunes Quatuors” Wettbewerbs der neuen Pariser Philharmonie.

Derzeit studiert das Quatuor Bergen sowohl am CCR in Paris bei Luc-Marie Aguera als auch am Konservatorium von Lyon in der Klasse des Quatuor Debussy.

Lilya Tymchyshyn

Lilya Tymchyshyn (*1993 in Bolton, UK) erlernte zunächst das Klavierspiel ehe sie sich letztlich für die Viola entschied und 2012 ein Studium in München bei Hariolf Schlichting aufnahm.

Sie war bereits Akademistin des Symphonieorchesters des BR, Mitglied des GMYO und Preisträgerin und Stipendiatin mehrerer internationaler Wettbewerbe wie der International Beethoven’s Hradec Competition und dem Johannes Brahms Wettbewerb in Pörtschach.

Lilya Tymchyshyn konzertierte bereits europaweit, u. a. in der Royal Albert Hall und war auf Festivals wie dem Aurora Chamber Music, dem Verbier Festival und Rencontres Musicales d’Evian zu Gast.

Als Stipendiatin der Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben spielt Lilya Tymchyshyn seit Februar 2017eine Viola von Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, Parisca. 1850, eine private treuhänderische Eingabe.

Maite Abasolo

Born in Bilbao (Spain) in 1991, she starts playing the viola at the age of 9 at the Municipal Conservatory of Leioa. She continued her university studies with Professor Ashan Pillai in Barcelona and then finished her master’s degree in interpretation at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg with Professor Wolfram Christ. Since early age, she has been a member of several youth orchestras such as the Youth Orchestra of Euskal Herria, the academy orchestra of the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and since 2016 is member of Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. As for professional experience, she has collaborated in her native country with orchestras such as the Symphonic Orchestra of Barcelona and National of Catalonia, Orchestra of Cadaqués, Symphonic Orchestra of Les Comarques Gironines. Besides, she was practitioner in the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg, and she has collaborating with orchestras like the European Philharmonic of Switzerland and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, among others. Maite Abasolo worked under the baton of directors such as Krzysztof Urbansky, Manfred Honeck, David Afkhan, Philippe Jordan, Daniel Harding or Riccardo Chailly. She received chamber master classes from quartet Casals, quartet Quiroga and Kennedy Moretti, among others, and she also has participated in several chamber concerts of the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and is a member of the Freiburg Kammersolisten.

Niklas Liepe

Trio Catch

To catch the audience: with a virtuosic dialogue between the very different timbres of the clarinet, cello, and piano; through the joy of making music together; through searching tirelessly for a shared sound. This is what makes Trio Catch stand out.

Boglárka Pecze (clarinet), Eva Boesch (cello) and Sun-Young Nam (piano) met during scholarships at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt (IEMA), after which they formed Trio Catch, named after “Catch” by Thomas Adès, in which the clarinet is “caught” by a piano trio that plays a charming children’s round. Alongside performing classical music, the interpretation of contemporary music is one of the main focuses of the collaboration of the three young musicians.

Throughout the six years of its existence, the Hamburg-based trio have worked with numerous composers including Mark Andre, Georges Aperghis, Beat Furrer and Helmut Lachenmann, with whom they are also connected through various CD production and radio recording projects. Trio Catch’s debut CD “in between” was released in 2014 on the col legno label, followed by the release of their second CD “Sanh” in March 2016, which was subsequently nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award. Their recording of Beat Furrer’s “AER” was released on the label KAIROS.

The trio won the Gotthard-Schierse Foundation concert award in Berlin in 2011, the Hermann and Milena Ebel prize in 2012 and was awarded with the Berenberg Kulturpreis in 2014.

A busy schedule has already seen Trio Catch playing concerts in Germany, France, England, Austria, Spain, Portugal, the Benelux countries and Switzerland as well as at festivals such as Ultraschall Berlin, International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, Tage für Neue Musik Zurich and the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik. During the 2015/16 season Trio Catch performed in some of the greatest concert halls in Europe as part of the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars series. Highlights of the 2016/17 season include a concert at the festival Musica Strasbourg, performances with Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti at the SWR2 concert series at Schloss Waldthausen and at Philharmonie Essen as well as a portrait evening featuring Trio Catch at NDR Hamburg.

Trio Catch are also involved in musical education, running the children’s composition workshop “Louder” at the Austrian festival Klangspuren Schwaz. They have held a teaching post at the Musikhochschule Hamburg since 2014 and give workshops for students of composition as the conservatory’s ensemble in residence. In March 2016 Trio Catch have started “Ohrknacker”, their own series of eight workshop concerts in Hamburg, each of which presents a selected contemporary work that was specially written for the trio.


Christoph König, violin, viola
Maurice Maurer, violin
Miroslav Nisic, accordion
Matthias Hacker, double bass

A virtuous classic violinist with a predilection for Eastern European gipsy music; a jazz violinist experienced when it comes to punk rock; an accordionist, master of improvisation, with the rhythms of the Balkans running in his blood, and a bassist who likewise feels at home be it in symphony orchestras, jazz combos, or funk bands…

Founded in 2007, Uwaga! pleasurably steps across any borderline seperating genres. By doing so, their acoustic crossover repertoire reflects the individual focus of each of the four musicians. Yet, these focuses conflated, and over the years, a very unique sound emerged somewhere in between classical music, jazz, gipsy music and modern pop.

This is what provides worldwide successes of Uwaga! for years already: Exuberant musicality and stylistic open-mindedness.

Uwaga!, meanwhile for more than ten years, refines the concerted vision of a music without borderlines. Showing undampered diligence, they create music that makes people happy, sets out directly for their hearts, and makes their legs move.

The ensemble ‘s multi layered sound is orchestral as well as percussive. They perform as a quartet, but also with renowned symphony orchestras from Germany.

Trio Zadig

Boris Borgolotto, violine
Marc Girard-Garcia, cello
Ian Barber, piano

Das Trio Zadig ist aus der Begegnung von drei jungen Musikern entstanden, die die Leidenschaft zur Kammermusik verbindet. Seitderm haben sie Zahlreiche Preise bei nationalen und internationalen Wettbewerben gewonnen, u.a. den 1. Preis beim Europäischen Wettbewerb Fnapec Musiques d’Ensemble sowie den Spezialpreis des Festival d’Uzerche und des Vereins ProQuartet, den 1. Preis und den Publikumspreis beim Internationalen Wettbewer Gaetano Zanetti, den Kammermusikpreis des Festival ISA Österreich, den 3. Preis des internationalen Wettbewerbs Salieri-Zinetti, den Preis den internationalen Wettbewerbs Pro Musicis und den 2. Preis beim Wettbewerb Fischoff in den USA. Das Trio ist mit Auftritten beim Rundfunk ORF in Wien sowie in der Rundfunksendung von Gaëlle Le Gallic auf France Musique eingeladen. Trio Zadig bekam Unterstützung von solch grossen Künstlern wie Patrice Fontanarosa, Miguel Da Silva, Itamar Golan, Ivry Gitlis, Hatto Bayerle, Avo Kouyoumjan, Vincent Coq, Johannes Meissl, Jan Talich, Paul Katz, Heime Müller, Gary Hoffman und Peter Nagy, André Watts, Mauricio Fuchs. Zue Zeit absolvieren die jungen Musiker ihr Kammermusikstudium in Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in der Klasse von Artemis Quartett und beim Trio Wanderer in Paris. In 2016 wurde das Trio Zadig Preisträger von Fondation Banque Populaire und Artist in residence bei ProQuartet.

Sokratis Sinopoulos

Greek musician Sokratis Sinopoulos is a contemporary master of the lyra, a small bowed instrument that dates back to the Byzantine era. His playing is delicate and nuanced yet highly expressive, and his proficiency on the instrument has been widely acclaimed. Sinopoulos has collaborated with numerous musicians throughout the world. He’s equally comfortable crossing genre boundaries into jazz and classical, as he is to staying true to Greek folk traditions. Born in Athens in 1974, he studied Byzantine music and classical guitar as a child, and began playing the lyra in 1988, under the instruction of Ross Daly. Sinopoulos’ remarkable talent was immediately apparent, and he joined Daly’s group Labyrinthos a year later. He became highly prolific, contributing to recordings by countless musicians including Eleni Karaindrou, and Loreena McKennitt. Sinopoulos was awarded the Melina Mercouri award for young artists in 1999.

In 2010, Sinopoulos collaborated with American jazz musician Charles Lloyd and Greek singer Maria Farantouri during a concert in Athens. Released as the double-CD Athens Concert by ECM the following year, the experience had a profound effect on Sinopoulos, inspiring him to take his sound in new directions. He formed Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet with pianist Yann Keerim, bassist Dimitris Tsekouras, and drummer Dimitris Emmanouil, and encouraged the musicians to improvise freely and find musical common ground rather than trying to adhere to any specific genres of music. The quartet recorded their full-length debut, Eight Winds, in 2014 with producer Manfred Eicher, who released the album on ECM the following year.


After Work Concert: Trio Zadig

In cooperation with Frauenbad Heidelberg

Jörg Widmann & Goldmund Quartett

In cooperation with Heidelberg University

We thank Dr. Andreas Dienerowitz

Trio con Brio Copenhagen

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Trio con Brio Copenhagen

In cooperation with Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

We thank

Workshop discussion with the academy for composition

Lunch after the event (optional)

Admission free

An event of the Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling

In cooperation with Frauenbad Heidelberg

Festival Academy: Lunch concert III

Admission free for students
Ballsaal Stadthalle Heidelberg

€ 60 Chamber Music Academy Season Ticket incl. lunch concerts

Festival Academy Chamber Music Pass

€ 60 Festival Academy Chamber Music Pass, valid for all events of the Chamber Music Academy incl. lunch concerts
€ 18 Festival Academy Chamber Music day pass excl. lunch concerts
€ 19 Festival Academy Chamber Music lunch concert

Admission free for students

A cooperation with Heidelberg University, the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI, TONALi, Steinway & Sons and the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg

We thank our co-funder HeidelbergCement AG

Minetti Quartett

A cooperation with the Gesellschaft der Musik- und Kunstfreunde Heidelberg e.V. an the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Festival Academy

Admission free for students
Ballsaal Stadthalle Heidelberg

€ 60 Chamber Music Academy Season Ticket incl. lunch concerts
€ 18 Chamber Music Academy Day Pass excl. lunch concert

Armida Quartett

In cooperation with Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Chamber Music Academy

Admission free for students
Kammermusiksaal Stadthalle Heidelberg

€ 60 Chamber Music Academy Season Ticket incl. lunch concerts
€ 18 Chamber Music Academy Day Pass excl. lunch concert