STRING TRIO BERLIN
Thomas Selditz - violin
Felix Schwartz - viola
Andreas Greger - violoncello
“The three form a wonderfully harmonised trio,” since “Selditz, Schwartz and Greger are a remarkably well-oiled team who understand each other blindly,” is how the Bonner Rundschau newspaper described them recently.Both the public and the international press – thrilled by the ensemble’s artistry at the highest level for years – can testify to the Streichtrio Berlin’s particularly concentrated and energised stage presence that spreads to the listener. The violin and viola players provide particular scope for playful expressiveness by playing standing up.
Originally founded in Berlin in 1991 under the name Gaede Trio, the ensemble in its current line-up with Thomas Selditz (violin), Felix Schwartz (viola) and Andreas Greger (cello) have been playing together since 2006. It has now been renamed the Streichtrio Berlin. The Streichtrio Berlin has recently focussed on French composers. In April 2011, the trio released a CD with works by Françaix, Jolivet, Milhaud and Roussel (Crystal Classics (Delta) label); a second CD with piano quartets by Chausson and Fauré will shortly be published by the same label. Numerous recordings with Sony/Japan, Largo Records and Tacet have also been re-released, which were published under the Gaede Trio name. Particular highlights include the trio’s recordings of Beethoven, the Goldberg Variations and the string trio ‘Le Chimay’ from Eugène Ysaÿe, which all received unqualified praise from the trade press and awards such as the ‘Audiophile CD of the Month’ (Stereoplay), ‘Star of the Month’ (FonoForum), ‘Recommendation of the Month’ (Klassik Heute) and the ‘Diapason d’Or’ in France.
The Streichtrio Berlin performs worldwide and, in addition to Germany, they recently appeared in Switzerland, at the Frick Collection in New York, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at the Musikverein in Vienna. In addition, the ensemble is a guest at major chamber music festivals, ranging from the Styriarte Graz and the Bonn Beethoven Festival to the Rheingau Music Festival.
The ensemble’s repertoire extends from Baroque to contemporary music: for example the string trio has commissioned works from composers such as Georg Katzer and Siegfried Matthus.