(c) Irene Zandel
(c) Irene Zandel


  Trio Jean Paul




The Trio Jean Paul, founded in 1991, is one of today’s most distinguished chamber music ensembles and a popular guest at the international concert venues.

By naming their ensemble after the author Jean Paul, the three musicians not only refer to their special affinity for the works of Robert Schumann, but also to the fundamental artistic idea of making the music’s speech-like and rhetorical elements to the point of departure for their interpretations. This approach draws a bow from the works of the Classical period, via the Romantic idea of “poetic music” to the music of today. An important area of the Trio’s work is therefore its occupation with the contemporary repertoire as numerous world premieres by famous composers such as Martin Christoph Redel, Kee Yong Chong, Michael Denhoff, Gordon Kerry, Volker David Kirchner und Albrecht Gürsching show.

Among the highlights of the seasons 2007/08/09 were concerts at concert house Vienna, at “Philharmonie” Berlin and Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, at “Glocke” Bremen, Wigmore Hall London, “Musikhalle” Hamburg as well as at the renowned Sociedad Filarmónica in Bilbao, at Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon as well as at Liceo de Cámara in Madrid with two programmes featuring Haydn, Beethoven and contemporary composers.

In 2009/10 the trio will e. g. play two concerts at Tonhalle Zurich with programmes honouring this year’s jubilees Haydn and Mendelssohn.

After First Prizes at the international competitions in Osaka (1993), Melbourne (1995), and at the German Music Competition, an extensive concert career has developed which has led the ensemble on a regular basis to major musical centers such as New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels, as well as on tours to Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South-America, and the USA. Master classes and performances at international festivals (e. g. Schleswig- Holstein, Kissinger Sommer, Ludwigsburger Festspiele, Schubertiade Feldkirch, Rheingau Festival, Lucerne Festival, Kuhmo, Edinburgh Festival) add to the multifarious artistic work of the Trio.

Besides an intensive collaboration with Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), impulses from other eminent musicians, including Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Sir Roger Norrington, were decisive for the ensemble’s artistic development.

The CD with Brahms’ Trio B major (version 1854) and Schönberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” (adaptation for piano trio by Eduard Steuermann 1931/32), published in 2005, has been honoured with the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”.

In September 2009, the trio’s latest CD, featuring the two piano trios by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, has been published for the Cavi-music label.