The Piano Trio
Soo-Jin Hong, violin; Soo-Kyung Hong, cello; Jens Elvekjaer, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70/ 1, “Ghost”
Per Nørgård, Spell, version for violin, cello and piano (1973)
Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op. 67
From the first note, Trio con Brio exudes class … both explosive and exquisitely intimate.
Trio con Brio Copenhagen is the first chamber ensemble to have received the prestigious P2 Artists Award (2015). The trio, which plays the central role in Scandinavia’s vibrant contemporary music scene, will mark their twentieth anniversary with a series of concerts throughout Europe, USA and Asia in 2019.
There is something about the configuration of a trio, about that triangle, that somehow focuses and amplifies the special understanding that we all have as people and as musicians. It is both a freedom and a fulfilment.
Born out of an idea of the coming together of ‘musical pairs’ (two sisters – and a marital couple), the trio quickly gained a reputation for their fresh and contemporary approach to the core repertoire and an inquisitively selected programme. The trio scale musical heights with the verve their name suggests, as well as a remarkable sense of coherence, infectious zest and an overwhelming joy of music-making.
They look back on their past achievements with a rich programme: Beethoven and Shostakovich have accompanied them since the very beginning, while Nørgård dedicated some of his new pieces to the trio.