Vienna Piano Trio
Celebrated for its finesse, infectious exuberance, tonal allure, and its irresistible panache, the Vienna Piano has long been hailed as one of the “world’s leading ensembles of piano, violin and cello” (The Washington Post). As of September 2015, David McCarroll as his new violinist has a reputation with the chamber music repertoire.
Formed in 1988 (by Stefan Mendl, Marcus Trefny and Wolfgang Redik) and winning numerous prizes at international competitions, the Vienna Piano Trio today performs at the major concert halls worldwide. Washington (Kennedy Center, National Gallery, Library of Congress), Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston , Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Mexico City.)
In Europe the ensemble plays frequently at the major Chamber Music venues like Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mozart Hall Vienna, Konzerthaus-Berlin, Cité de la Musique-Paris, Palau de la Musica Catalana-Barcelona to name a few.
Tours to South America brought them to Chile, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico and Argentina (Teatro Colon-Buenos Aires). In the Far East they have toured Japan and China several times. In October 2015 an extensive tour brought them to New Zealand again.
Festival engagements include the Grafenegg Festival (Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in 2016), Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Wiener Festwochen, Salzburg Mozart Week, Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals, Festival of Flanders, Aix-en-Provence, Prades-Casals, Kuhmo , Princeton Summer, Caramoor, and the Ottawa Festivals, Toronto, Lanaudiere, Domaine Forget, Orford, Quebec City, the Puerto Rican Casals Festival and the Morelia Festival in Mexico.
Wigmore Hall named them ensemble-in-residence for the 2011 / 12 season. Starting with the 2015/16 season, the ensemble began a residence at the Turner Sims Hall in Southampton, England. They also perform Beethoven’s Triple with the English and the Munich Chamber Orchestras, Orchester Metropolitain de Montreal, and Capella Istropolitana.
The trio’s concerts have been broadcast on BBC3, Radio France, WNYC and NPR stations, and they have appeared live on WGBH Boston and St. Paul Sunday.
They have won many awards for recordings (including the Echo Classic) for Naxos, Nimbus, and since 2003 for MDG. Recent releases include recordings of Saint-Saens (2012) and Beethoven (2014). Brahms’ complete piano trios was recorded and released in the 2015/16 season with MDG.
Having studied with the Trio di Trieste, the Haydn Trio Vienna, Isaac Stern, and members of the La Salle and Guarneri Quartets, the Beaux Art and the KLR trios, among others, the ensemble has recently taken part in master classes at London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal College of Music, Sydney’s Conservatory of Music, University of Wellington as well as Finland, France, Canada, and throughout the USA.
David McCarroll plays a violin by A. & G. Gagliano from 1761
Matthias Gredler plays on a violoncello by JB Guadagnini from 1752.
Adult $35 | K-12 free, accompanying at least one paying adult | All fees included
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After the concert
You are invited to join us for a post-concert reception, where you can meet up with the musicians and other chamber-music lovers for delicious treats and delightful conversation.
We hope you enjoy this concert, featured as a selection in the John I. and Elizabeth E. Patches Chamber Music Series.
Thank you to our Chamber Music Series sponsor:
David McCarroll, violin; Matthias Gredler. Violoncello; Stefan Mendl, piano
Founded in 1988 and celebrated for its finesse, infectious exuberance, tonal allure, and its irresistible panache, the Vienna Piano has long been hailed as one of the “world’s leading ensembles of piano, violin and cello” (The Washington Post). As of September 2015, that reputation is being kept alive with David McCarroll as its new violinist who brings to this ensemble an already-rich relationship with the chamber music repertoire.
The Vienna Piano Trio today performs in the major concert halls worldwide. In North America, the group has appeared, among others, in New York City (Lincoln Center, Weil Recital Hall, Frick Collection) Washington (Kennedy Center, National Gallery, Library of Congress), in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Mexico City, and the Caribbean.
In addition, the trio has been invited to many of the leading music festivals, including the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Wiener Festwochen, Salzburg Mozartwoche, Grafenegg, 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 and Santa Lucia Festivals in Mexico.
For a number of years, the ensemble performed in Vienna at the Wiener Musikverein within the “Jeunesse Musicale” series; in November 2016 it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its concert series at the Konzerthaus’ Mozartsaal. It was ensemble-in-residence at Wigmore Hall for the 2011/12 season and at the BBC series at St. Luke’s in 12/13, and will return to Wigmore Hall through 2018. As of the 15/16 season, the trio has also been serving as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Southhampton’s Turner Sims Hall.
The Trio performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique Belgique, the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Capella Istropolitana, among others. In 2016 the trio performed the work at the Grafenegg Festival with the Tonkuenstler Orchester under Simone Young, and under Christoph Poppen at the Festival International de Musica Marvao in Portugal.
Concerts of the ensemble have been repeatedly broadcast on ORF, BBC3, WNYC, NPR, WQXR stations, and the trio has appeared live on WGBH Boston and St. Paul Sunday and radio stations world-wide.
After first recording for Naxos and Nimbus, the ensemble has been recording for the German MDG label since 2003. BBC Music Magazine declared its Vols I and II of Schubert Benchmark Recordings. Its Dvorak Vols I and II, were met with critical acclaim as well; a recording of the Steuermann arrangement of Schoenberg’s Verklaerte Nacht won among others the Pizzicato’s Supersonic Award. A recording of Tchaikovsky and Smetana, was named to the Gramophone Editor’s Choice List for February 2009. A Haydn recording, released in May 2009, was given 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine and was awarded the Echo Klassik Prize 2010. A recording of a live concert with works by Beethoven, Schumann and Ravel was released in 2011, recordings of Saint Saens and all-Beethoven CD in 2012. Brahms Volume I was released in the fall of 2015 and has been repeatedly named recording Choice of the Month – even Choice of the Year by Fanfare;Brahms II will be released in the spring of 2017 to be followed by the release of a recording of von Herzogenberg piano trios.
Besides its concert activities, the ensemble has been giving master classes at London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal College of Music, at Sydney’s Conservatory of Music, at the University of Wellington as well as in Finland, France, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the USA.
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.