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.

Trio Belli-Fischer-Rimmer: »Songs without words«

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Taksim Trio

Taksim Trio

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.“

Trio Pierot © Barbara Frommann

Trio Pierrot

The jury of the German Music Competition 2014 were so taken with the Trio Pierrot that although the trio had only been in existence for a year they immediately put the young ensemble on the list of players selected to receive a Competition grant. Perhaps the sheer verve and personality displayed by violinist Katharina Giegling, clarinettist David Kindt and pianist Helge Aurich has something to do with the fact that in its Composition category the next German Music Competition (2015) is calling for the submission of works written for precisely this combination of instruments. The repertory for the formation is limited (Bartók’s “Contrasts”, Milhaud’s Suite op. 157b and Khachaturian’s Trio spring to mind), so hopes run high that the Competition will produce some interesting new works. The winning composition will be premiered by the Trio Pierrot at this year’s Heidelberger Frühling.

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