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Trio Fontenay

  • Piano Trio

Biography

Trio Fontenay is regularly welcomed in London, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin and Amsterdam, and were named “Trio-in-Residence” at Paris’ Théâtre Chatelet. In the 1995-1996 season they performed the complete Beethoven cycle at Paris’ Théâtre Chatelet, London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Schauspielhaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and in Munich, Cologne and Hamburg. In North America, the Trio has played at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and has made return appearances in Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, Kansas City, Houston and Pasadena. In 2001-2002 season the Trio appeared St. Louis, Denver, San Antonio, Madison, College Park, MD and a performance at the Wayne Center, among others. 2002/2003 includes performances in Phoenix, Seattle, Chicago, Montreal, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.


Trio Fontenay has recorded for Denon, EMI Electrola, and Teldec, where the Trio signed another five-year exclusive contract. Their recording of the Beethoven Piano Trios for Teldec received the 1994 Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattendritik, the German Record Critics Award. They have recorded the complete piano trios by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, and Dvorák, as well as works by Ives, Schumann, and a Ravel/Debussy/Fauré disc. The name “Fontenay” was chosen for two reasons: first, it is the old French translation for “source” and “fantasy”; and second, it is the name of the street near the Hamburg Conservatory where the ensemble first met to practice.
The Trio Fontenay has won numerous awards and competitions in Europe.