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reinventing the repertoire

The piano trio repertoire is among classical music’s richest, with its long tradition of great works for the past two centuries. The three of us share a vision of keeping this tradition alive, for it to be experienced in a fresh, personal and visceral way, and to achieve this, it is important to us to continually reimagine and reinvent the repertoire. By reinventing, we approach masterpieces as if they were newly written. We seek out hidden gems among lesser known works to bring them to life and we expand the scope of what a piano trio can do by creating new transcriptions in our Stolen Music project.

The Linos Piano Trio’s colourful and distinctive musical voice draws on the rich cultural and artistic backgrounds of the three musicians. Their seven languages, five nationalities, and breadth of specialisms ranging from historical performance to new music, contribute to their multifaceted and personal performances. Alongside the ensemble’s commitment to the genre’s masterpieces, Linos expands the repertoire by championing hidden gems and creating new trio transcriptions.

Praised for its “slow-burning, gripping performance” by The Strad, and “virtuosity, presence of mind, and wit” by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Linos Piano Trio’s reputation has taken it to prestigious stages and festivals internationally, including London’s Southbank Centre, Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Melbourne Recital Centre, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Holzhausenschlösschen Frankfurt, Nikolaisaal Potsdam and Théâtre Saint-Louis France.

Of the ensemble’s numerous awards and affiliations, the Linos Piano Trio was the First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2015, the 2014 winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize, and has been Carne Ensemble-in-Residence at Trinity Laban Conservatoire since 2017.

The Linos Piano Trio was the first to record the complete Piano Trios by C.P.E. Bach, issued by CAvi-music in 2020. This release received several five-star reviews from across the European press, with Gramophone magazine describing the playing as “smart, efficient and alert to Bach’s quicksilver changes of mood and material”.

Formed in London in 2007, the Linos Piano Trio studied at the Guildhall School and then at the Musikhochschule Hannover with Professors Oliver Wille and Markus Becker. The ensemble also received generous scholarships from London’s ChamberStudio and Paris’s ProQuartet programmes to conduct its further studies with Sir András Schiff, Peter Cropper, Ferenc Rados, Rainer Schmidt and Eberhard Feltz, all of whom were highly influential in forming Linos’ musical approach.

In 2016 the trio embarked on its ongoing project Stolen Music, a rapturously-received series of trio arrangements of orchestral masterpieces such as Ravel’s La Valse, and Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice. In each Stolen Music arrangement, the members of the Linos Piano Trio work collaboratively to reimagine the works as if they had been originally written for the piano trio. The trio has just released its recording of Stolen Music for CAvi-music in partnership with the Bayerischer Rundfunk, featuring four important turn-of-the-century works, centred around the theme of transformation. Together with the album release, the trio will also soon launch Linos Edition, its own digital sheet-music publication of Stolen Music.

The Linos Piano Trio directs the Linos Festival in Cologne: an annual festival where the trio is joined by other musicians, expanding programmes and concepts beyond the trio repertoire.

Linos (Λῖνος) was a celebrated musician in Greek mythology. The son of Apollo, Linos received from his father the three-stringed lute, sometimes depicted as the lyre. As one of the original demi-gods of music, Linos had many pupils, most famously Heracles and his brother Orpheus. Linos was known as the inventor of new melodies, lyric songs, and eloquent speech.

Thai-born London-based musician Prach Boondiskulchok enjoys a uniquely diverse career as a pianist, fortepianist, and composer. Equally at home improvising 18th C. ornaments and composing with microtonal harmonies, Prach’s performances have taken him to international stages and festivals. His collaborations have included recitals with Steven Isserlis, Roger Chase, and Leonid Gorokhov. Prach’s works include chamber song cycle Goose Daughter, premiered in New Orleans, New York, and London in 2016-17, and Ritus for String Quartet, commissioned by the Endellion Quartet for its 40th anniversary in 2019, and praised as “a work of great charm” by The Guardian. Prach is an artistic researcher at the Orpheus Institute, and teaches piano and chamber music at the Royal College of Music in London.

With his vivid performance style and natural flair for entertaining, London-born German-Brazilian violinist Konrad Elias-Trostmann breaks down the wall so often found between audience and performer. Chamber music performances have brought him to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Seoul Arts Centre, and Sala Cultural Itaím São Paulo. Recently Konrad was appointed Principal 2nd Violin of the Essen Philharmoniker and he is regularly invited as guest Principal 2nd Violin or Assistant Concertmaster by world-renowned orchestras. Konrad is currently based in Cologne and spends his free time doing yoga, enjoying a vibrant social life, and gathering inspiration from the music of some of his greatest influences such as Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton.

Berlin-based French-born multi-faceted musician Vladimir Waltham is equally at home on Cello, Baroque Cello, and all sizes of da Gamba instruments. Praised for his “luminous tone” by Gramophone, Vladimir is passionate about sharing the broadest possible musical palette, in repertoire spanning from the Middle Ages to collaborations with composers and world premieres as well as everything in between. Vladimir has performed in concert halls all around the world with his ensembles the Linos Piano Trio and La Serenissima, but also regularly appears as a guest soloist and chamber musician in halls and festivals worldwide. When not busy travelling and performing, you can find Vladimir at home enjoying his love of cooking and of coffee, or taking his family on a hike in the mountains.

réinventer le répertoire

The piano trio repertoire is among classical music’s richest, with its long tradition of great works for the past two centuries. The three of us share a vision of keeping this tradition alive, for it to be experienced in a fresh, personal and visceral way, and to achieve this, it is important to us to continually reimagine and reinvent the repertoire. By reinventing, we approach masterpieces as if they were newly written. We seek out hidden gems among lesser known works to bring them to life and we expand the scope of what a piano trio can do by creating new transcriptions in our Stolen Music project.

Le Linos Piano Trio s’est forgé une voix caractéristique et colorée, fondée dans la diversité culturelle et artistique de ses trois musiciens. Sept langues, cinq nationalités et une large gamme de spécialités, dont, entre autres, la musique contemporaine et la pratique sur instruments historiques, donnent des interprétations très personnelles à facettes multiples. Parallèlement à l’engagement de l’ensemble envers les chefs-d’œuvre du genre, Linos élargit le répertoire en promouvant de petits joyaux cachés, et en créant pour trio de nouvelles transcriptions d’œuvres destinées à l’origine à d’autres formations.

Loué pour sa « performance intense et captivante » par The Strad et « sa virtuosité, sa présence d’esprit et son humour » par le Süddeutsche Zeitung, la réputation du Linos Piano Trio le mène sur des scènes et dans des festivals prestigieux à l’échelle internationale, comme au Southbank Centre et aux salles Barbican et Wigmore à Londres, Melbourne Recital Centre, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Holzhausenschlösschen Francfort, Nikolaisaal Potsdam et Théâtre Saint-Louis à Pau.

Parmi les nombreux prix gagnés par l’ensemble, le Linos Piano Trio remporte le Premier Prix et le Prix du Public du Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Melbourne en 2015, et est le lauréat en 2014 du prix Albert et Eugenie Frost de la Royal Philharmonic Society. En parallèle, le Trio est invité depuis 2017 comme Carne Ensemble-en-Résidence au Conservatoire Trinity Laban.

Le Linos Piano Trio est le premier trio à enregistrer l’intégrale des trios pour piano de CPE Bach, publiée par CAvi-music en 2020. Cette version reçoit plusieurs critiques cinq étoiles de la presse européenne, le magazine Gramophone décrivant le jeu comme « intelligent, efficace et attentif aux changements vifs d’atmosphère et de texture du compositeur ».

Formé à Londres en 2007, le Linos Piano Trio a étudié à la Guildhall School puis à la Musikhochschule de Hanovre avec les professeurs Oliver Wille et Markus Becker. L’ensemble a également reçu de généreuses bourses des programmes ChamberStudio de Londres et ProQuartet de Paris pour poursuivre ses études auprès de Sir András Schiff, Peter Cropper, Ferenc Rados, Rainer Schmidt et Eberhard Feltz, qui ont tous joué un rôle très important dans la formation de la vision musicale de Linos.

En 2016, le trio lance son projet Stolen Music, une série d’arrangements pour trio de chefs-d’œuvre orchestraux tels que La Valse de Ravel et L’Apprenti Sorcier de Dukas. Dans chaque arrangement de Stolen Music, les membres du Linos Piano Trio travaillent en collaboration pour réinventer les œuvres comme si elles avaient été écrites à l’origine pour trio avec piano. Son enregistrement de Stolen Music pour CAvi-music en partenariat avec le Bayerischer Rundfunk paraît en juin 2021, avec quatre œuvres légendaires du tournant du siècle dernier, centrées sur le thème de la transformation. Parallèlement à la sortie de l’album, le trio lance également la Linos Edition, sa propre publication numérique de partitions musicales de Stolen Music.

Le Linos Piano Trio dirige le Festival Linos à Cologne : un festival annuel où le Trio est rejoint par d’autres musiciens, élargissant les programmes et les concepts au-delà du répertoire du trio.

Linos (Λῖνος) est un musicien célèbre dans la mythologie grecque. Fils d’Apollon, il reçoit de son père un luth à trois cordes, parfois représenté comme une lyre. En tant que demi-dieu originel de la musique, Linos a de nombreux élèves, notamment Héraclès et son frère Orphée. Il est reconnu comme l’inventeur de nouvelles mélodies, de chansons lyriques et de discours éloquents.

Thai-born London-based musician Prach Boondiskulchok enjoys a uniquely diverse career as a pianist, fortepianist, and composer. Equally at home improvising 18th C. ornaments and composing with microtonal harmonies, Prach’s performances have taken him to international stages and festivals. His collaborations have included recitals with Steven Isserlis, Roger Chase, and Leonid Gorokhov. Prach’s works include chamber song cycle Goose Daughter, premiered in New Orleans, New York, and London in 2016-17, and Ritus for String Quartet, commissioned by the Endellion Quartet for its 40th anniversary in 2019, and praised as “a work of great charm” by The Guardian. Prach is an artistic researcher at the Orpheus Institute, and teaches piano and chamber music at the Royal College of Music in London.

With his vivid performance style and natural flair for entertaining, London-born German-Brazilian violinist Konrad Elias-Trostmann breaks down the wall so often found between audience and performer. Chamber music performances have brought him to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Seoul Arts Centre, and Sala Cultural Itaím São Paulo. Recently Konrad was appointed Principal 2nd Violin of the Essen Philharmoniker and he is regularly invited as guest Principal 2nd Violin or Assistant Concertmaster by world-renowned orchestras. Konrad is currently based in Cologne and spends his free time doing yoga, enjoying a vibrant social life, and gathering inspiration from the music of some of his greatest influences such as Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton.

Berlin-based French-born multi-faceted musician Vladimir Waltham is equally at home on Cello, Baroque Cello, and all sizes of da Gamba instruments. Praised for his “luminous tone” by Gramophone, Vladimir is passionate about sharing the broadest possible musical palette, in repertoire spanning from the Middle Ages to collaborations with composers and world premieres as well as everything in between. Vladimir has performed in concert halls all around the world with his ensembles the Linos Piano Trio and La Serenissima, but also regularly appears as a guest soloist and chamber musician in halls and festivals worldwide. When not busy travelling and performing, you can find Vladimir at home enjoying his love of cooking and of coffee, or taking his family on a hike in the mountains.

Neuerfindung

The piano trio repertoire is among classical music’s richest, with its long tradition of great works for the past two centuries. The three of us share a vision of keeping this tradition alive, for it to be experienced in a fresh, personal and visceral way, and to achieve this, it is important to us to continually reimagine and reinvent the repertoire. By reinventing, we approach masterpieces as if they were newly written. We seek out hidden gems among lesser known works to bring them to life and we expand the scope of what a piano trio can do by creating new transcriptions in our Stolen Music project.

„Virtuosität, Geistesgegenwart und Witz“: das hatte die Süddeutsche Zeitung über die Mai 2020 veröffentliche Debut-CD des 2007 in London gegründeten Linos Piano Trios zu sagen. Die Gewinner des 1. Preises und des Publikumspreises der 2015 „Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition“ gelten zunehmend als eins der dynamischsten und kreativsten Klaviertrios Europas.

Mai 2020 hat das Trio die Ersteinspielung der sämtlichen Klaviertrios Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachs mit CAvi Music veröffentlicht. Sommer 2021 erscheint die 2. CD Aufnahme des Trios mit dem Titel Stolen Music. In diesem bei Zuhörer*innen beliebte Projekt arrangieren die Musiker selber große Orchesterwerke für Klaviertrio, in ihrem Anliegen über den Tellerrand des traditionellen Repertoires für Klaviertrio hinaus zu schauen und Kammermusikpublika neue Konzepte zu bieten. 2017 begann für das Linos Piano Trio die Kammermusik Residenz: „Carne Ensemble-in-Residence“, am Trinity Laban Conservatoire London.

„Slow-burning and gripping” kommentierte das The Strad Magazin und die Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung schrieb: „das Trio faszinierte auf Anhieb”. Durch seinen steigenden Ruf konzertiert das Linos Piano Trio weltweit in Konzerthäusern wie der Wigmore Hall London, dem Melbourne Recital Centre, dem Holzhausenschlösschen Frankfurt und dem Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.

Thai-born London-based musician Prach Boondiskulchok enjoys a uniquely diverse career as a pianist, fortepianist, and composer. Equally at home improvising 18th C. ornaments and composing with microtonal harmonies, Prach’s performances have taken him to international stages and festivals. His collaborations have included recitals with Steven Isserlis, Roger Chase, and Leonid Gorokhov. Prach’s works include chamber song cycle Goose Daughter, premiered in New Orleans, New York, and London in 2016-17, and Ritus for String Quartet, commissioned by the Endellion Quartet for its 40th anniversary in 2019, and praised as “a work of great charm” by The Guardian. Prach is an artistic researcher at the Orpheus Institute, and teaches piano and chamber music at the Royal College of Music in London.

With his vivid performance style and natural flair for entertaining, London-born German-Brazilian violinist Konrad Elias-Trostmann breaks down the wall so often found between audience and performer. Chamber music performances have brought him to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Seoul Arts Centre, and Sala Cultural Itaím São Paulo. Recently Konrad was appointed Principal 2nd Violin of the Essen Philharmoniker and he is regularly invited as guest Principal 2nd Violin or Assistant Concertmaster by world-renowned orchestras. Konrad is currently based in Cologne and spends his free time doing yoga, enjoying a vibrant social life, and gathering inspiration from the music of some of his greatest influences such as Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton.

Berlin-based French-born multi-faceted musician Vladimir Waltham is equally at home on Cello, Baroque Cello, and all sizes of da Gamba instruments. Praised for his “luminous tone” by Gramophone, Vladimir is passionate about sharing the broadest possible musical palette, in repertoire spanning from the Middle Ages to collaborations with composers and world premieres as well as everything in between. Vladimir has performed in concert halls all around the world with his ensembles the Linos Piano Trio and La Serenissima, but also regularly appears as a guest soloist and chamber musician in halls and festivals worldwide. When not busy travelling and performing, you can find Vladimir at home enjoying his love of cooking and of coffee, or taking his family on a hike in the mountains.