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Mourja Groben Laul Trio

  • Piano Trio


The Mourja, Groben, Laul Trio
Born in the Ukraine, Graf Mourja started to learn the violin with his father at the age of three. Prize winner in several international competitions, Graf Mourja has performed under such conductors as Svetlanov, Ermler, Dmitriev, Simonov, Janowski, Maksymiuk, Sado… and has been a regular guest of the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris since 1996. He has also performed in the prestigious festivals of Colmar , Menton, Île de France, Côte Basque and Divonne. In January 2004 his Harmonia Mundi recording with the pianist Natalia Gous “Le violon vagabond”, won all the French record prizes. His most recent recording, of Shostakovitch’s Op. 134 Sonata, was received with a similar accolade in the summer of 2004 : “equal to that of Oïstrakh” and “more convincing under his bow than under that of its dedicatee”. In Russia he has long been recognized as the leading violinist of his generation.

In 1990 Françoise Groben won the Silver Medal in the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow . She went on to perform throughout Europe in such prestigious venues as the Salzburg Festpielhaus, the Vienna Musikverein, Brussels Palais des Beaux-Arts, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow , Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, and was invited by Mstislav Rostropovitch to the MIDEM in Cannes ... She has since performed in Japan , China , America , Canada and Israel with numerous orchestras directed by conductors such as Svetlanov, Rostropovitch, Kitaienko, Harding… She plays on a ‘cello made by Matteo Gofriller (1695), lent to her by the Banque Générale de Luxembourg, her country of birth. From1997 to 2003 she was a member of the Zehtemair Quartet with whom she recorded for ECM Records.

Peter Laul was born into a family of musicians in Saint Petersburg . His awards include the Saint Petersburg « Virtuosos 2000 », the Bremen competition and the Moscow Scriabine competition. He has performed under Maxim Chostakovitch, Nicolaï Alexeiev, Valéry Gergiev and Youri Temirkano, and has already played in Japan , the USA and throughout Europe with soloists such as Ilya Gringolts, Marc Coppey, Graf Mourja, Sergey Levitin, David Grimal, Laurent Korcia and Françoise Groben. In Paris , he has performed at the Auditorium du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Théâtre du Châtelet. In March 2006 he will give his first concert at the Paris Théâtre de la Ville.