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The Vienna Piano Trio - Sept. 11, 2015

vienna piano trio2The Vienna Piano Trio deplanes in Boise, Idaho, for the first concert of its 2015 U.S. tour—returning to us after its Boise debut nine years ago. Pianist and founding member Stefan Mendl and cellist Matthias Gredler are joined by new violinist David McCarroll. Founded in 1988, the Vienna Piano Trio achieved a “meteoric rise to fame” (Strad), and has been hailed as one of the “world’s leading ensembles of piano, violin and cello” (Washington Post). The Trio won numerous prizes at international competitions and had among its most important mentors Isaac Stern, Ralph Kirshbaum, Joseph Kalichstein as well as members of the Trio di Trieste, the Beaux Arts Trio, and of the La Salle and Guarneri Quartets.

Performing regularly in the major concert halls worldwide, the group has appeared in New York City (Lincoln Center, Weil Recital Hall, Frick Collection) Washington ( Kennedy Center, National Gallery, Library of Congress), and in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Mexico City. In addition, the trio has been invited to many of the leading music festivals, including the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Wiener Festwochen, Salzburg Mozartwoche, Carinthischer Sommer, Casals Festival Prades, Rheingau, Festival of Flanders, Aix-en-Provence, Schleswig-Holstein, Kuhmo and Bratislava Music Festivals, Princeton Summer, Caramoor, Chautauqua, and to the Canadian festivals of Ottawa International Chamber, Toronto Summer Music, Ottawa Music and Beyond, Lanaudiere, Domaine Forget, Orford, Quebec City International, the Casals Festival in San Juan, and the Morelia Festival in Mexico.

The Vienna Piano Trio recorded for Naxos and Nimbus, and since 2003, has been recording for the German MDG label. BBC Music Magazine declared its Schubert albums “Benchmark Recordings.” A recording of the Steuermann arrangement of Schoenberg's Verklaerte Nacht won the Pizzicato’s Supersonic Award. A recording of Tchaikovsky and Smetana was named to the Gramophone Editor’s Choice List, while a Haydn recording won 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine, and was awarded the Echo Klassik Prize 2010. Following the Trio’s latest recordings of Saint Saens and an all-Beethoven CD in 2012 and 2014, an all-Brahms recording is scheduled for release in fall 2015.

Besides its concert activities, Vienna Trio gives master classes at London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal College of Music, at Sydney’s Conservatory of Music, as well as in Finland, France, Canada, and throughout the USA.



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