Kammermusik Plus | Trio Catch

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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).

Trio Zimmermann

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.

Dieter Ilg

Dieter Ilg, a double bassist born in Offenburg in 1961, studied at the Freiburg Music Academy with Wolfgang Stert and at the Manhattan School of Music New York. He took practical lessons from renowned bass players such as Eddie Gomez, Ron McClure, Rufus Reid and Ron Carter. From 1989 to 1991, Dieter Ilg was Ron Carter’s successor as a regular member of the Randy Brecker Quintet. For many years, he played with the Mangelsdorff/Dauner Quintet and with the French-Vietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê.

From the mid-1990s onwards, he began to arrange folk songs as jazz pieces, finding enthusiastic colleagues in Wolfgang Muthspiel and Steve Argüelles. In 2001 he founded his own label, fullfat. A winner of the Baden-Württemberg Jazz Prize (1988), Ilg pulled musical strings in innumerable formations, including those of the Norwegian vocalist Rebekka Bakken, the Tunisian singer and oud player Dhafer Youssef and the prominent personalities Till Brönner and Thomas Quasthoff.

Together with his award-winning trio, Dieter Ilg has been invited to well-known festivals and renowned concert halls. Since 1995 he has been a docent for jazz double bass at the Freiburg Music Academy, also giving master classes in Germany and abroad. In 2011 and 2014 he won the ECHO Jazz Award in the category “Best Bassist – national”. Since 2011 Dieter Ilg’s recordings have been released by the label ACT: Otello and Parsifal were followed by Mein Beethoven, and in the autumn of 2017, B-A-C-H.

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