For more than 20 years, the Vienna Piano Trio has performed regularly in virtually every major music center in Europe, the Americas, Australia, and the Far East. The trio was founded by violinist Wolfgang Redik, cellist Marcus Trefny and pianist Stefan Mendl in 1988. Extensive studies with various highly renowned musicians soon paved the trio’s way to an international career. The ensemble’s most important teachers and mentors have included Isaac Stern, Ralph Kirschbaum, and Joseph Kalichstein, as well as the members of the Trio di Trieste, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Guarneri Quartet, and the LaSalle Quartet. Matthias Gredler replaced Marcus Trefny as cellist in 2001. In 2012, Bogdan Božović became the ensemble’s new violinist.
The Vienna Piano Trio regularly performs at music festivals such as the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, the Aix-en-Provence festival, the Salzburg Mozartwoche, the Bonn Beethovenfest, the chamber music festival in Kuhmo, Finland, and festivals in Ottawa, Toronto, and Lanaudiere. In addition, the group tours worldwide, performing in major cities such as London, Paris, New York, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Toronto, Montreal, Mexico City, Tokyo, Sydney, Brussels, Barcelona, and Berlin. From 1997 to 2006, the Vienna Piano Trio held its own annual series of concerts as part of the Wiener Musikverein’s “Jeunesse Musicale.” They have performed the Beethoven triple concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique Belgique, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Capella Istropolitana, the Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal, and the Munich Chamber Orchestra, among others.
2006-07 marked the inaugural season of the ensemble’s residency at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Since then, the trio has played four concerts in its Mozartsaal every season. In 2011-12, the Vienna Piano Trio served as ensemble in residence at London’s Wigmore Hall. In 2012-13 they will appear in four concerts for BBC Radio 3 at LSO St. Luke’s in London.
In addition to its full concert schedule, the Vienna Piano Trio now increasingly devotes time to teaching. The three musicians have given master classes at Wigmore Hall and the Royal College of Music in London, the Conservatory of Music in Sydney, the University of Wellington in New Zealand, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, and in Finland, France, and the US.
Discography : The Vienna Piano Trio’s discography includes works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvorák, Shostakovich, and Schnittke, all released on the British label Nimbus Records. The trio’s recordings have earned the highest critical acclaim, with awards including Gramophone Editors’ Choice, BBC Radio 3’s Record of the Month, and the Times (London) Classical Album of the Year. Eventually the Vienna Piano Trio recordes van Beethoven's piona trio Op. 70 1 & 2 (the cd was released in 2014 on the label MDG.
Since 2002, the Vienna Piano Trio has recorded for the label MDG (Musikproduktion Dabringhaus & Grimm). Recent recordings include piano trios by Schubert (2002), Dvorák (2004), Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Mahler (piano quartet movement, 2005), Tchaikovsky, Smetana (2008), Haydn (2009), and a live recording with works of Beethoven, Ravel, and Schumann (2010). In October 2012 a new CD with the Piano Trios by Camille Saint-Saëns was released.
In 2009, the Vienna Piano Trio was voted the best foreign chamber ensemble by the association of music critics of Argentina. In July 2010, the ensemble won an Echo-Klassik award for its recording of the Haydn piano trios.
David McCarroll plays a violin by A.&G. Gagliano from 1761
Matthias Gredler plays on a Violoncello by J.B. Guadagnini from 1752.