Kammermusik Plus | Lendvai String Trio

Tief inspiriert von einem Streichtrio des Komponisten Erwin Lendvai und seiner besonderen Musikalität, benannten die drei aus den Niederlanden, Schweden und Großbritannien stammenden Musikerinnen ihr 2004 gegründetes Ensemble nach dem heute noch unbekannten Ungarn. Eine große Leidenschaft des Trios ist das (Wieder-)Entdecken von in Vergessenheit geratenen Werken für diese besondere Besetzung. Dazu gehören auch die insgesamt 16 Streichtrios des deutsch-niederländischen Komponisten Julius Röntgen, der unter anderem Johannes Brahms zu seinen Bekannten zählen konnte. Drei Jahre lang widmete sich das Trio intensiv Röntgens Werken und wurde für die Einspielung international hoch gelobt.

Lendvai String Trio fotografiert von Sarah Wijzenbeek

Lendvai String Trio

Nadia Wijzenbeek, violin
Ylvali Zilliacus, viola
Marie Macleod, cello

“With beautifully clear, natural sound…The Lendvai Trio once more acquit themselves with flying colours, their infectious enthusiasm consistently communicated.” Gramophone, 2014

In 2020, the Lendvai String Trio celebrates its 15th anniversary season performing regularly at major venues throughout Europe such as Wigmore Hall in London and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. The trio has recorded extensively and to great acclaim, including the complete string trios by Beethoven (BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Choice in June 2013) and Martinů, both for Stone Records. Their most recent international success is the completion of a three-year project uncovering, performing and recording all sixteen string trios by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen for Champs Hill Records.

“Röntgen’s inexhaustible fecundity of melody, musical charm and compositional craftsmanship combine in the most delightful manner…delivered with impeccable musicianship by the wonderful Lendvai Trio.” 
Gramophone, 2016

In 2011 the trio was awarded the prestigious Kersjes Ensemble Prize in Holland, as well as being selected for the Concertgebouw’s Young Artist Series in Amsterdam. In 2005 they were selected for the Holland Music Sessions ‘New Masters on Tour’, resulting in a series of concerts across Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Netherlands.

The trio regularly performs at festivals in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden and their concerts and recordings are broadcast by Dutch Radio 4, Swedish Radio P2 and BBC Radio 3.

The trio enjoys and gets inspiration from regular collaborations with other artists. Recent highlights have included concerts with oboists Alexei Ogrintchouk and Nicholas Daniel, and pianists Paolo Giacometti, Tom Poster, Charles Owen, Alasdair Beatson and Martin Sturfält. As well as regularly commissioning new works, the Lendvai String Trio is also keen to uncover and revive forgotten works for the genre.

Alongside the trio Nadia is concertmaster of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Ylvali is guest principal at the Royal Swedish Opera and Marie solo cellist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

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.

CANCELED – Kammermusik Plus | Trio Catch

In cooperation with Universität Heidelberg

Due to the entry into force of the new Infection Protection Act and the new state ordinance for Baden-Württemberg, there are no events allowed up until to and including May 22nd 2021. Therefore the concert has to be canceled. 

Busch Trio

Mathieu van Bellen, violin
Ori Epstein, violoncello
Omri Epstein, piano

After attending a string quartet performance, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote: (….), one hears four intelligent people exchanging views (…). Indeed, the essence of chamber music is communication. We have known this for a long time; even from before the time Goethe wrote that lofty phrase. Small wonder, then, that encounters in the world of chamber music often develop into friendships. The reverse is far more unusual: when, from among a group of school friends with a range of everyday hobbies, a chamber music ensemble emerges that reaches the highest level on the international stage in very little time.

This is how the Busch Trio came into existence, an ensemble which in recent years has developed into one of the leading piano trios. Mathieu van Bellen (violin), Ori Epstein (cello) and Omri Epstein (piano) met in London during their studies at the Royal College of Music. They became friends and, before long, were inseparable. They played football, listened to music together – and played music together. Right from the start, all their conversations revolved around music.

Mathieu, Ori and Omri won several prizes in international competitions as soloists and graduated from renowned academies of music in Britain. Their shared passion for music however remained their strongest bond. ‘This trio is the fruit of a friendship that has existed for years’, is how Omri Epstein describes the essentially spontaneous process by which the trio came into being from 2012.

Its name, ‘Busch Trio’, is derived first and foremost from Mathieu’s violin, an ‘ex-Adolf Busch’ G.B. Guadagnini (Turin, 1783), but also from Adolf Busch, the shining example for the young trio. We should also note that in 1935, violinist Adolf Busch, together with Rudolf Serkin (piano) and Hermann Busch (cello), made a legendary recording of Schubert’s Piano Trio in E-flat major – one of the most important works in the literature for trios, and a core piece in the Bush Trio’s repertoire.

Great names such as the teacher of chamber music Eberhard Feltz, pianist Sir András Schiff and het Artemis Quartet have also contributed to the development of the Bush Trio, as has the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. The Busch Trio members have now reached a stage in which they primarily learn from each other, during joint rehearsals that largely consist of sharing thoughts and views about music.

With their ‘effortless musicianship’ (The Times) and great emotional sensitivity ascribed to the Busch Trio by the press and their loyal fans, these three musicians are guided by the head as much as the heart when playing music, being very much aware of what they are doing. ‘The more you know, the more freedom you feel’ is one of the key maxims of the ensemble.

What is also unusual is that the Busch Trio, while not strictly part of the historically informed performance movement, do play on instruments with gut strings. They decided to do so because gut strings provide a different type of articulation and a better sound, which cannot be achieved using modern metal strings due to the greater pressure they require.

Today the Busch Trio members live in Amsterdam; their extremely intensive rehearsal practice would simply be impossible otherwise. ‘We live like monks in a monastery ‘, they confess. ‘We don’t do this for ourselves, really, but for our best friends’ – comments such as these reflect both their serious attitude and their sense of togetherness. That should be taken quite literally: the Busch Trio also go on holiday together and spend a lot of time together when they are not playing music.

Since its formation in 2012, the Busch Trio has regularly appeared on major stages and festivals throughout Europe. Their many years of fruitful collaboration with the Alpha Label have resulted in a series of four CDs covering the complete works of Antonin Dvorák for piano and strings.

In 2016 the Busch Trio received the most significant prize for musicians in the Netherlands: the Kersjes Prize. They have carried off several other international awards since. Last year they were the winners of the 2018 NORDMETALL-Ensemble Prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.

The Busch Trio has played with the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra led by Karina Canellakis, and with Michael Collins, Bruno Giuranna, Gregor Sigl and Miguel da Silva.

Trio Catch

Boglárka Pecze, clarinet
Eva Boesch, violoncello
Sun-Young Nam, piano

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, 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 three young musicians.

The Hamburg-based trio have worked with numerous composers throughout the nine years of their collaboration, including Mark Andre, Georges Aperghis, Beat Furrer and Helmut Lachenmann, with whom they are also connected through various CD productions 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 2016. Their new disc „As if“, released on Bastille Musique, was awarded the German Record Critics’ Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik).

The trio won the Hermann and Milena Ebel prize in 2012, the Berenberg Kulturprize in 2014 and was awarded with the Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Prize in 2018.

A busy schedule has already seen Trio Catch playing concerts in South America, Asia and Europe, in venues such as the Cologne Philharmonic, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie du Luxembourg, the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin as well as at festivals such as Ultraschall Berlin, Musica Strasbourg, Heidelberger Frühling, International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, Klangspuren Schwaz and the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik. During the 2015/16 season Trio Catch performed at some of the greatest concert halls in Europe as part of the European Concert Halls Organisation’s “Rising Stars” series.

The trio are also involved in music education. From 2014 until 2018 they hold a teaching post at the Musikhochschule Hamburg, where they run workshops for students of composition as the ensemble in residence. They also taught the children’s composition workshop “Louder” at Klangspuren Schwaz. In 2016, Trio Catch initiated “Ohrknacker”, their own series of workshop concerts. Each concert presents a selected piece of contemporary music, written especially for the trio.

Vienna Piano Trio

David McCarroll, violine
Matthias Gredler, cello
Stefan Mendl, piano

The Vienna Piano Trio has been performing regularly in virtually every major music centre in Europe, the Americas, Australia and the Far East for over 25 years. The Trio was founded in 1988 and after early extensive studies with highly renowned musicians paved its way to an international career. Its most important teachers and mentors include Isaac Stern, Ralph Kirshbaum and Joseph Kalichstein as well as the members of the Trio di Trieste, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Guarneri Quartet and the LaSalle Quartet.

The Vienna Piano Trio frequently performs at music festivals such as the Festival Aix en Provence, Schubertiade, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Beethovenfest Bonn, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musikfestival and Kuhmo (Finland). In addition, the group tours worldwide, performing in London, Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Mexico City, Toronto, Montreal, Sydney, Brussels, Barcelona and Berlin. Since 2006 the ensemble has been resident at the Vienna Konzerthaus where it performs four concerts each season in the Mozartsaal.

The Trio has performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Brussels Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Metropolitain de Montréal and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Its recordings have earned the highest acclaim as well as several awards – Gramophone Editor’s Choice, BBC Radio 3 Record of the Month and The Times Classical Album of the Year and an ECHO-Klassik.

Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Soo-Jin Hong, violin
Soo-Kyung Hong, violoncello
Jens Elvekjaer, piano

Trio con Brio Copenhagen is in great international demand and has an intensive worldwide touring schedule. In recent years, Trio con Brio Copenhagen has appeared in major concert halls in Europe, the USA and Asia, such as Tivoli Concert Hall, the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Seoul Arts Center, Bunka Kaikan Tokyo, and Teatro Olimpico Vicenza.

Since its inception the trio has won most of the international competitions for piano trio, including the ARD (Munich), Vittorio Gui (Florence) and Norway’s Trondheim Competition. In January 2015, the trio was the first ensemble to receive one of Denmark’s most prestigious music awards, the “P2 Artists Prize”. Other major awards received include the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award (USA) and the “Allianz Prize” in Germany’s Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Based in Copenhagen, the trio is invited by the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, the US and Asia such as Carnegie Hall New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall London, Seoul Arts Center and Bunka Kaikan Tokyo. Recently, the trio toured Great Britain, Germany and China.

The newest album includes piano trios by Tchaikovsky and Smetana (Orchid Classics).

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.