Morgenstern Trio
May 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Minsky Recital Hall
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Morgenstern Trio

Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Minsky Recital Hall

The John I. and Elizabeth E. Patches Chamber Music Series presents a concert with the Morgenstern Trio, named after German poet Christian Morgenstern, whose works are filled with wit and philosophy. The Trio creates their own sparkling poetry in rich, nuanced sound. In the shimmering, jazzy phrases of Ravel, the emotional depths of Smetana, and the powerful bravado of Brahms, the trio will thrill you with their spectacular musical palette.

Adults $35 / Students $8, prices include all fees.


Catherine Klipfel, piano
Stefan Hempel, violin
Emanuel Wehse, cello

To name a piano trio after the popular nineteenth century German poet Christian Morgenstern was the inspiration of Catherine Klipfel, piano, Stefan Hempel, violin, and Emanuel Wehse, cellist, who met during their studies at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen, Germany.

After only two short years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio emerged on the German Music Scene, being awarded top prizes and awards, such as the prestigious US Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award in 2010. These prizes catapulted them onto the scene in the USA with performances in Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center, New York City’s Carnegie Hall, followed by concerts in such cities as Chicago, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Carmel, Louisville, Lexington, to Palm Beach.

The Washington Post wrote: “the group displayed a unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination that I thought had vanished from the scene with the demise of the Beaux Arts Trio.”

A few years earlier, the trio took First Prize at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, followed by two second prizes: the “Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition” and the prestigious “ARD Competition in Munich”, where they also received the audience prize. In the previous year they had already won the competitive scholarship of the “German Music Competition” and most recently, the Morgenstern Trio was selected by the ECHO (the European Concert Hall Organization) for the “Rising Star Series,” granting debut concerts on all of the European important stages in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels, Birmingham and Stockholm, just to name a few, and was named “ensemble in residence” at their Alma Mata, the Folkwang Conservatory.

Mentors, such as the Alban Berg Quartet and Menahem Pressler have given the Morgenstern Trio invaluable coaching and musical insight.

Press quotes:

“highly charged performance created a powerful impact, imbuing the music with an undercurrent of simmering restlessness”
The Australian

TREE STARS SPARKLE – “breathtaking virtuoso-criterion”
Kleine Zeitung, Austria

“Bravissimo! Wonderful playing- all 3 protagonists. A truly electric, compelling presence- vivid color, rubato, rythmic intensity. Truly a worldclass group.”
Harris Goldsmith, Musical America