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Altenberg Trio Wien

  • Piano Trio

Biography

Simultaneously with its foundation, the Altenberg Trio Wien became trio in residence of Vienna´s Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, annually performing a cycle in the Brahms Saal for that society. Among the Altenberg Trio´s other regular activities are the International Brahms Festival at Muerzzuschlag (Austria), whose artistic director is Claus-Christian Schuster, and the Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo (Piemont), where the trio offers monthly master classes for young ensembles.

At the conferral of the Robert Schumann Award of the City of Zwickau in 1999, the Altenberg Trio succeeded in continuing the “Austrian” tradition of this award (winner 1997: Nikolaus Harnoncourt, winner 2002: Alfred Brendel); the immediate reason for its success was the recording of all Schumann piano trios which had just been released. The Altenberg Trio´s subsequent recording (Ives/Copland/Bernstein) in April 2000 won the Edison Award in Amsterdam.

The Altenberg Trio´s last cycles were particularly highly acclaimed, as for instance the ten concerts of the series “Walks through Europe Refound” exploring the music of the European Union´s ten new member states. The Musikverein cycle of 2006/07 season under the title “A Russian Winter Journey” was dedicated in its entirety to Dmitrij Shostakovitch and his circle.
The subsequent season’s cycle, “Genius and Its Shadow”, confronted Ludwig van Beethoven’s trios with those of his contemporaries, always framed by readings of prominent authors.
In 2008/09 and 2009/10, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the trio cycle at the Wiener Musikverein, the ensemble will present a wide cross section of piano trios from the last two decades in addition to works by Joseph Haydn and Antonín Dvoƙák.

In April 2007 the ensemble premiered the piano trio Friedrich Cerha had dedicated to them (2005) at the Wiener Musikverein, subsequently playing it for the first time in Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Ireland, and Switzerland.

Amiram Ganz plays a violin by Goffredo Cappa (Saluzzo 1686), Alexander Gebert a cello by Frank Ravatin (Vannes 2005).