Ariën Artists - Hamlet Pianotrio - Discography





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Candida Thompson, violin

Xenia Jankovic, cello

Paolo Giacometti, piano.

These three world-class musicians joined forces in a piano trio. All three have earned their stripes, both as soloists and as chamber musicians. Meanwhile the Hamlet Pianotrio appeared in main halls in Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands, repeatedly at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Bilbao Philharmonic Society. Also during the season 2019/2020 they will appear on various Dutch en Belgian concert stages.


Serbian-Russian cellist Xenia Jankovic made her solo debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra at the early age of nine. Two years later, she received a scholarship for the Moscow Conservatory. In Switzerland she continued her studies with Pierre Fournier en Guy Fallot, and in Germany with Navarra. In 1981, she made her international breakthrough by winning the prestigious "Gaspar Cassado Cassado" concourse in Florence. Her close collaboration with Sandor Vegh en Görgy Sebök has further formed her, both as a musician and as a person.

Jankovic performed as a soloist with esteemed orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the radio orchestras of Berlin, Copenhagen and Madrid. She has also earned praise in recital, performing all over the world. In chamber music, she worked with such greats as Görgy Sebök, Gidon Kremer and Andras Schiff. In 2004 she became a professor at the Musikhochschule in Detmold.



The Dutch Italian and Italian Dutchman Paolo Giacometti is known as a soloist playing both modern and period instruments. He has recorded many albums with great works and renowned orchestras. In 2004, he received his first Edison award for one of his albums from the eight-part Rossini project. As a chamber musician, The artist is mostly known in combination with renowned musicians like Pieter Wispelwey, with whom he has formed a duo for a long time. But he also worked withEmmy Verhey, Bart Schneemann, Janine Jansen and many other artists. Görgy Sebök is one of the greatest sources of inspiration for Paolo’s musical development.

For his debut in Rachmaninov's 3rd pianoconcerto under the baton of Jurjen Hempel with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra he got lavish praise. Also noteworthy was his interpretation of Liszt’s piano concerto "Malédiction" which he performed with the Dutch Ciconia Consort.

Paolo Giacometti is a world-wide sought-after musician at chamber music festivals. He has performed in concert halls all over the world including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) and main concert halls in Colombia and Brazil, Wigmore Hall (London), Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Seoul Arts Centre (South Korea).

Apart from his activities as a soloist, Paolo Giacometti’s love for chamber music has resulted in a successful co-operation with leading musicians such as Pieter Wispelwey, Gordon Nikolich, Alois Brandhofer, Janine Jansen, Bart Schneemann and Emmy Verhey. He regularly asked to accompany renowned Dutch singers singers such as elly God, Cora Burggraaf and Thomas Oliemans.

Paolo Giacometti records exclusively for Channel Classics.His recordings have been widely acclaimed by the international press. Amongst them Rossini’s complete piano works, a remarkable project that started in 1998 and for which Italian critics wrote: "... Rossini has finally found his pianist ...". For the third recording of this series Giacometti was distinguished with the Edison Classical Music Award 2001.

His recording of Schumann’s Humoreske, Fantasiestücke and Toccata has received the BBC Music Magazine’s Benchmark and Performance of Outstanding Quality distinctions. His recording of the Dvorak and Schumann piano concertos have been acclaimed by Gramophone as "... one of the best concerto disks I have heard in a long while ..."

Amongst his chamber music recordings, a recording with works by Schubert with cellist Pieter Wispelwey has received the Choc du Monde de la Musique and Luister 10 awards, while another recording with works by Chopin, Fauré and Poulenc, also with Pieter Wispelwey, has been awarded the Diapason d’or.  The duo was recently awarded with the prestigeous BRAHMS-GESELLSCHAFT-PRIZE (2019) for their recording of the complete duos by Johannes Brhams.Every year, Paolo is present at the Musikdorf Ernen, where Sebök once founded his festival. Here is also where the idea came into being to form a trio with Xenia and Candida. Since 2010, Paolo is a professor at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Dusseldorf.



Candida Thompson has been artistic leader of Amsterdam Sinfonietta since 2003, which under her leadership has developed into one of the most prominent chamber orchestras in the world, performing both in the Netherlands and abroad with soloists such as Murray Perahia,Thomas Hampson, Maxim Vengerov, Christianne Stotijn, Martin Frost and Gidon Kremer.

The artist studied at the Guildhall School of Music with David Takeno. After graduating she continued her studies at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada.

From a young age, Candida has played chamber music and worked with renowned musicians such as Isaac Stern, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson, Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin. She also performed as a soloist in many concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Moscow, the English String Orchestra, the Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the East and Camerata Nordica (Sweden). Recently, she performed in the Saturday matinee series of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.



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