Trio Isimsiz

Pablo Hernán Benedí, violin
Michael Petrov, cello
Erdem Misirlioglu, piano

“…a piano trio that already has that vital combination of unanimity of ensemble and musicianship, plus plenty of individual character and vitality ...”

Formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in 2015 the Trio Isimsiz won 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Trondheim Competition, and in 2017 2nd Prize at the Haydn International Competition in Vienna. They were selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) between 2013 and 2018, and in February 2018 won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.

The Trio performs widely in Europe, with highlights including recitals at the Trondheim, Stavanger, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Peasmarsh Festivals (broadcast by BBC Radio 3), the Kölner Philharmonie, Tivoli Concert Hall, Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris, Fundación Juan March in Madrid and Marianischer-Saal in Lucerne. Further afield, they have toured in
China and Argentina.

The Trio Isimsiz are Fellows at the Guildhall. They have collaborated with Anthony Marwood, Krysztof Chorzelski, Richard Lester and Aleksander Madzar and attended IMS
Prussia Cove, working with Ferenc Rados.

During their studies, the Trio undertook residencies at the Banff Centre in Canada, Jeunesse Musicales Chamber Music, Germany and Mozarteum, Salzburg, and participated in masterclasses with András Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Menahem Pressler, Thomas Riebl, Wolfgang Reddick, the Gould Piano Trio, Belcea and Takács Quartet.

Recent highlights include performances at Aldeburgh Festival’s Schubertiade, Wigmore Hall, Kettle’s Yard, Jersey Arts Centre, Beethoven-Haus Bonn and Ettlingen Schlosskonzerte, broadcast on SWR Radio, as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in their debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Brighton Festival. Following their debut recording of Brahms, Takemitsu and Beethoven, they released their second disc for Rubicon of works by Fauré, Schubert and Brahms in September 2020. The disc was warmly described by The Strad as ” softly measured romance and taut poise…an eagerly anticipated follow up to an impressive debut”.

In upcoming seasons, the Trio look forward to recitals across the UK and Germany, and a new commission by Francisco Coll to be premiered in Spain.

All three members of the Trio Isimsiz enjoy great success individually. Erdem Misirlioglu was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition in 2008, Pablo Hernán Benedí is a member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet, formed by Alina Ibragimova, and Michael Petrov represented the UK in the European Concert Halls Organisation Rising Star series.

Pablo Hernán Benedí was born in 1991 in Madrid. He studied at the C.I. Padre Antonio Soler Conservatory in San Lorenzo de El Escorial and at the GSMD with David Takeno. In 2010 Pablo became a member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet, formed by Alina Ibragimova, Emilie Hornlund and Claire Thirion, appearing at major venues throughout Europe. The Quartet’s debut recording was released in 2011 to critical acclaim.

Michael Petrov was born in 1990 in Bulgaria. He studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the GSMD with Louise Hopkins, winning the Gold Medal in 2014. Over the two years he has made his debut with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and English Chamber Orchestras. During 2014/15 he gave recitals at major concert halls throughout Europe as part of his nomination by the Barbican Centre as an ECHO Rising Star.

Erdem Misirlioglu was born in 1989 in Suffolk. He studied with Mark Fielding at the Junior GSMD and since 2008 with Martin Roscoe and Ronan O’Hora at the GSMD. In 2008 he was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musicians Competition, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He recently won 1st Prize in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s Intercollegiate Piano Competition.

Amatis Trio

The Amatis Piano Trio was founded in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 2014 by German violinist Lea Hausmann, British cellist Samuel Shepherd and Dutch/Chinese pianist Mengjie Han.

Only weeks after forming, the trio won the audience prize at the
Grachtenfestival-Concours in Amsterdam, which quickly lead to their
debut at the Royal Concertgebouw. The young, international trio has since emerged as one of the leading piano trios among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the UK, Europe and Asia.

Winners of the 2015 International Parkhouse Competition in Wigmore Hall, the trio went on to win several international prizes and competitions. Most recently they were awarded 2nd prize at the International Joseph Joachim Competition in Weimar, Germany and named Dutch Classical Talent 2015/2016, giving performances in all major concert venues across the Netherlands.

Regular festival appearances include performances at the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Festival de Monteléon, the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival, Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and the Wimbledon Music Festival.

The Amatis Piano Trio is also committed to contemporary music and thus founded the ‘Dutch Piano Trio Composition Prize’ in 2015, encouraging young composers to further the piano trio repertoire.

In 2017, the trio had already been invited by the Heidelberger Frühling to perform at an after work concert.

Beethoven Trio

The Beethoven Trio Bonn, founded in 2005, first made their name with compositions by their eponym Beethoven and other Romantic works, before more recently turning their attention to Russian repertoire.

Mikhail Ovrutsky (violin) and Grigory Alumyan (violoncello) are two of the founding members of this ambitious piano trio, which in 2015 maintained and strengthened its tradition with the addition of pianist Jinsang Lee. All three musicians are among the best in their instruments, are major international award winners and pursuing successful solo careers.

Guest performances have taken the musicians all round the world, for example, to South Africa, Spain and Austria, to the USA, and to Japan, where their widely acclaimed concert in the Kioi Hall in Tokyo was a high point in their tour. The piano trio has also performed at the Beethovenfest in Bonn and at the Raderberg concert series in Cologne.

Trio Zimmermann

In 2007 the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann was able to realize his long-cherished dream to establish a string trio, the Trio Zimmermann, together with the viola player Antoine Tamestit and the cellist Christian Poltéra. All three musicians have their own distinguished solo careers, but they happily meet for one or two short touring periods per season. The trio performs in such musical centres as Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Vienna and Zürich, as well as during the festivals in Salzburg and Edinburgh. The Trio Zimmermann records for BIS Records and releases so far include the Beethoven String Trio’s Op. 9 (Diapason d’Or de l’Année in 2012, and a BBC Music Magazine Award in 2013) and the Mozart Divertimento KV 563. In March 2014 BIS Records will release their recording of the Trio, Op. 3 and the Serenade, Op. 8 by Beethoven.

Frank Peter Zimmermann
Since finishing his studies with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff and Herman Krebbers, Frank Peter Zimmermann has performed with all the world’s major orchestras, collaborating on these occasions with the world’s most renowned conductors. His many concert engagements take him to all major concert venues and international music festivals in Europe, the United States, the Far East, Australia and South America. Recent additions to his wide-ranging and award-winning discography include recordings for BIS of concertos by Hindemith and Brett Dean. Frank Peter Zimmermann plays a Stradivarius from 1711, which once belonged to Fritz Kreisler, and which is kindly sponsored by Portigon AG.

Antoine Tamestit
Antoine Tamestit studied with Jean Sulem, Jesse Levine, the Tokyo String Quartet and with Tabea Zimmermann. Beginning with the Maurice Vieux Competition (2000), he has won first prizes at several international competitions, and is a laureate of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Tamestit gives concerts with many prestigious orchestras and is a dedicated chamber musician appearing with major artists and ensembles. He is also co-director of the Viola Space Festival in Tokyo. His numerous recordings for among others Naïve Records include solo recitals, concertos and chamber music programmes. Antoine Tamestit is professor at the Paris Conservatoire, and plays on a viola made by Stradivarius in 1672, lent by the Habisreutinger Foundation.

Christian Poltéra
Christian Poltéra was a pupil of Nancy Chumachenco, Boris Pergamenschikow and Heinrich Schiff. Between 2004 and 2006 he was a member of the prestigious New Generation Artists’ scheme of BBC Radio 3 in London and in 2004 received the Borletti-Buitoni Award. As a soloist he gives concerts with numerous renowned orchestras and conductors. He is also a passionate chamber musician, working with many distinguished fellow artists, and is a frequent guest at various illustrious festivals. Christian Poltéra’s internationally acclaimed discography includes seven releases on BIS and reflects his wide range of concerto and chamber music repertoire. He plays on the famous ’Mara’ cello made by Stradivarius in 1711.

Trio Belli-Fischer-Rimmer

The Deutsche Musikrat prizewinners Frederic Belli, Johannes Fischer (percussion) and Nicholas Rimmer (piano), formed Trio Belli-Fischer-Rimmer for the Bundesauswahl “Konzerte junger Künstler”. All three musicians have been awarded numerous prizes in national and international competitions and perform worldwide as soloists or chamber musicians.

Nicholas Rimmer is a much sought-after chamber music player, Lieder accompanist and pianist with the Leibnitz-Trio. He also teaches at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. Johannes Fischer is percussion professor at the Lübeck Academy of Music and is also a composer and conductor.

It was already clear during the exceptionally successful 2008/9 concert season that this unusual combination of trombone, piano and drums would continue, in spite of the three members’ other commitments as soloists and musicians. The trio skillfully blends a variety of epochs and styles in their program. Sometimes using their own arrangements, they present music from Bach to Xenakis, Debussy to Piazolla, spanning classical, jazz and new music with such musical joie de vivre and exploring the versatile possibilities of their instruments.

The trio has commissioned several new works for the 2011/12 season, so it will be exciting to see what the future has in store for the three musicians and their audiences in terms of unconventional directions beyond traditional listening habits.

Trio Gaspard

Jonian Ilias Kadesha, violin
Vashti Hunter, cello
Nicholas Rimmer, piano

Winners of three major international competitions since their inception in 2010, Trio Gaspard is rapidly proving to be one of the most exciting young piano trios to emerge in recent years. In November 2012 The trio won 1st Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of a modern work at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar. They were awarded 1st Prize at the 5th International Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna in February 2012, as well as receiving the Special Prize for the best interpretation of a work by Joseph Haydn. Additionally, the Trio won 1st Prize at the 17th International Chamber Music Competition in Illzach, France in March 2011 as well as the ”Wiener Klassik” Preis der Stadt Baden (Austria) in 2012.

Founded in October 2010, Trio Gaspard has already given acclaimed recitals all over Europe,including venues like the Wigmore Hall, London, the Schlosstheater of Schönbrunn Palace and ORF Kulturhaus, Vienna, the NDR Rolf-Liebermann Hall, Hamburg, and the Salle Molière, Lyon.

Trio Gaspard, whose members hail from Germany, Greece and the UK, has worked regularly with the co-founding member of the Alban Berg Quartet and internationally renowned musician, Hatto Beyerle. As part of the European Chamber Music Academy, Trio Gaspard has given concerts in Germany, France, Paris, England and Vienna and has worked among others with Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet), Ferenc Rados, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Jérôme Pernoo and Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet).

All three members are successful soloists in their own right and continue to pursue their solo careers, giving recitals and performing concertos in prestigious venues all over the planet. The members of Trio Gaspard have also performed individually with other chamber groups, collaborating with eminent artists such as Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, Bruno Giuranna, Tanja Tetzlaff, Pekka Kuusisto, Kit Armstrong, Nils Mönkemeyer and the Quartetto di Cremona.

Taksim Trio

Taksim Trio

Bonded to their instruments, committed to their friendship, Taksim Trio is a sublime example of what happens when three like-minded souls mix, mingle and merge into one. Featuring three of Turkey’s most in-demand master instrumentalists, Taksim Trio is made up of Hüsnü Senlendirici on the clarinet, Ismail Tunçbilek on the baglama and Aytaç Dogan on the quanun.

Dancing between different musical styles such as traditional, arabesque, jazz and classical, the musicians emerge with a sound that is the sum of their experiences. Some of the works on the album include phrases of music that will sound familiar and yet different, as the musicians update melodies they have picked up on their journeys to reflect their own musical identities.

Perhaps the reason why Taksim Trio is the perfect vehicle for these virtuosos to display their character is because the musicians have supreme control of their instruments, which comes to light through their inventive improvisations, or “taksims”. This honest and compelling album conveys the undeniable fact that for these musicians music is sacred. “Taksim Trio…making music inspired by the heart of Istanbul. / Taksim Trio is a super-ambient album meant to seep into the listener’s mind and unravel over time.“

Frank Chastenier

Frank Chastenier

Frank Chastenier started to play the piano when he was only eight, inspired by Oscar Peterson, Count Basie and Keith Jarrett. He also learned to play the organ at a very young age. He was only thirteen when he won a stately jazz competition. Only a year later he started touring Germany as the youngest member of a youth Big Band. At Seventeen he started his classical piano studies.

In 1987, at only 20 years of age, Chastenier reached the finals of the legendary “Thelonious Monk Competition” in Washington, DC. One year later, Peter Herbolzheimer got him to join his “Bundesjazzorchester” (as well as his own “Rhythm Combination & Brass” time and again). In 1990 Frank Chastenier celebrated his debut with the Big Band of the WDR Radio in Cologne with a studio production.

In 1991 the project-oriented work turned into a continuous engagement. Much more than just a job, but steady work nonetheless: At only 24 years of age Frank Chastenier became the pianist of the WDR Big Band Cologne.

The musical diversity of Frank Chastenier in the concerts and by now 25 album productions with the WDR Big Band has impressed quite a few Jazz giants, among them Ray Brown, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Holman, Bob Brookmeyer, Vince Mendoza, John Clayton, George Gruntz, Lalo Schifrin, Jim McNeely, Michel Legrand, Paquito D’Rivera, Toots Thielemans, Patrick Williams and many more.

“His playing is full of energy. He has a sense for the right playing gesture, an openness and energy that make him a unique musician,” said Bob Brookmeyer. In 1994 the trombone player, composer, arranger and conductor dedicated his piano concert “Serious Music” to Frank Chastenier, for the first time allowing him the opportunity to unfold his improvisational and pianistic creativity in a larger context with the WDR Big Band. Vocalists such as Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Randy Crawford, Caterina Valente or Patti Austin have also come to appreciate his qualities as a universal, virtuoso and sensitive accompanist.

Apart from his work with the Big Band of the WDR, Chastenier, who is a well versed studio musician and arranger – among his finest sessions are those with German entertainers Hildegard Knef and Manfred Krug and German classical singer Thomas Quasthoff –, has been supporting his music school friend Till Brönner at various opportunities, live and in the studio.

Frank Chastenier is the piano player on 2008 Grammy Award Winner “Avant Gershwin” from Patti Austin. In 2010, Frank accompanied bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff on the piano and the organ on his tour and the CD production which has been awarded the Echo Jazz 2011. He is also the pianist and arranger of the CD “Thomas Quasthoff – Mein Weihnachten”, released in 2014.

There’s a quote by Till Brönner, concerning the endlessness of Frank’s popularity and musical appeal that really says it all: “When we played in his home town of Aachen, it was like a homecoming for Frank Chastenier. But after two weeks of touring it was quite obvious that he must have been born and raised in at least fourteen cities in Germany.”