"a highly impressive ensemble..."
"Powerful and convincing...The Delta Piano Trio delivers strongly characterized performances"
BBC Music Magazine
Delta Piano Trio
The Delta Piano Trio was founded in 2013 in Salzburg (Austria) by three Dutch performers: violinist Gerard Spronk, cellist Irene Enzlin and pianist Vera Kooper.
Regarded by fellow musicians as one of the most promising young ensembles, the trio studied with Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio), Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and with the Trio Wanderer. Next June they will finish the 2 year Specialized Master Studies in Chamber Music at the Musikakademie Basel with Anton Kernjak and Rainer Schmidt. Always on the lookout for interesting repertoire, the trio collaborates regularly with contemporary composers and maintains a close relationship with Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach. They regularly give chamber music masterclasses and love coaching younger ensembles.
The trio has won numerous awards and prizes, including 1st prizes at the Stasys Vainiunas International Chamber Music Competition in Lithuania (2014), the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy (2014), the Orlando International Chamber Music Competition in The Netherlands (2015) and the Orpheus Chamber Music Competition in Switzerland (2017). With about 50 concerts each season they have performed extensively in Europe, Russia, Israel, China, Korea, Indonesia and the United States in venues such as the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the National Center of Performing Arts (Beijing), the Gang Dong Art Center (Seoul), St. Johns Smith Square (London) and the Jerusalem Music Center.
Their debut CD was recorded for Naxos Records and their second CD, "The Mirror with Three Faces' with works by Lera Auerbach and Dmitri Shostakovich, produced by the American label Odradek Records, was released last season to international acclaim. Highlights of this season include their collaboration on stage with Nobuko Imai, the commissioning by the Orpheus Competition of a trio by Swiss Composer Valentin Villard, the performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Basel Chamber Orchestra and a residency at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
In a world of globalized uniformity the trio stands out with its personal sound, dedication and natural vigour. Their playing is honest, unaffected and passionate, merging three strong personalities into one musical entity. They approach chamber music as a form of communication, an exchange of ideas, and a shared road of reflection, discovery and evolution. Aiming to shape its own path, the Delta Piano Trio has an eclectic and personal choice of repertoire, encompassing the entire range of the piano trio literature.
"Regarded by fellow musicians as one of the most promising young ensembles, the Delta Piano Trio have made a name for themselves with their raw, uncompromising musicianship, their energy and a willingness to invest oneself beyond comfort..."
Julian Hanck, Bachtrack
"..brilliant, thoughtful and novel music-making. I cannot speak highly enough of the Delta Piano Trio. If this adventurous issue is anything to go by, theirs is a future of infinite promise."
Richard Hanlon, Music Web International
"..with youthful vigor, many ideas, cheeky wit and deep thoughtfulness they delight their audience. Non-ending applause is the reward. Not only that, their great stage presence and wonderful playing are a delight, their playing position, the eye contact, the visible effort, the being overcome with the impressive fortissimo passages - all this makes the second part of the concert to an absolute highlight for all the senses. One would have liked to have heard more.."
Stefan Reitbauer, Drehpunkt Kultur
Our piano trio journey started in the fall of 2013. Despite being from the same country, the Netherlands, the three of us never met before running into each other in Salzburg, Austria. After a Dutch pancake evening we decided to learn some piano trios and take lessons with two incredible musicians, who turned out to have a big influence on us; Wolfgang Redik from the Vienna Piano Trio and Rainer Schmidt from the Hagen Quartet. During those first few weeks it became clear that there was something special about our collaboration and we quickly decided to prepare for our first international competition in Vilnius, Lithuania. There we won the first prize, but more importantly we discovered that we had a blast traveling together and making music in a new place. We learned a lot from each other and had a lot of fun while doing it. We shared the same excitement over a newfound vegetarian restaurant and our similar sense of humor got us in trouble at nearly every official ceremony because of uncontrollable laughing fits. These facts might seem futile, but in chamber music this kind of understanding is very important. On days where we are in disagreement we just can’t play well and no amount of rehearsal hours can fix that. Music is enigmatic enough as it is, but chamber music works in even more mysterious ways. On good days on stage there can be moments of pure telepathy, where you can read the minds of your partners, predict the next musical current and still be surprised by the next phrase. It’s a form of magic that is an endless source of inspiration.
Since that first trip to Vilnius we have performed extensively in Europe, Russia, Israel, China, Korea and the United States and won prizes at various international competitions. Debuts at the Salzburg Chambermusic Festival, the New York Chamber Music Festival and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam followed. In April 2017 we released our debut CD, with works by Borodin and Taneyev, for Naxos Records. A second CD, with works by Lera Auerbach and Shostakovich has just been released last year. We travel the world and explore music with 6 ears, 6 hands and 96 strings, but with one common factor: a love for chamber music.
For more information, please visit www.deltapianotrio.com.
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