Trio Martinů

"These artists live music, literally: where the composer was suffering, they suffer with him, where the composer unleashed indiscriminately, they are also intoxicated..." (Lidové noviny)

The Trio Martinů belong in recent years to among the most popular European chamber ensembles. Their long-term musical collaboration and professional relationships are a guarantee of superb musical experiences in both live concerts and studio recordings, and their interpretation of original works always carries unique insight.

The group was formed while studying at the Prague Conservatory in 1990 and in the framework of internships and master classes they initially worked with outstanding educators from around the world (Michael Schnitzler, Sándor Devich, Antonin Kohout and Menahem Pressler). All three members, Pavel Jiříkovský (piano), Pavel Safarik (violin) and Jaroslav Matejka (cello) are also notable soloists and as TACI are regularly invited to engage in international cooperation.

The Trio Martinů started their career in the prestigious halls of Europe (Prague's Rudolfinum, Vredenburg in Utrecht, Doelen in Rotterdam, ...). In October 2002, they performed at the gala concert of the Magdalena leather Parisian Théâtre du Châtelet. In May 2005 the ensemble represented the Czech Republic at the World Expo in Japan, and their performances in the Musashino Hall in Tokyo were greeted with an enthusiastic response. Thanks to previous successes today, the Martinů Trio are regularly invited to give concerts in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.

The wide repertoire incorporated into the Martinu Trio's concerts allows them to reach audiences around the world and consistently provide an authentic listening experience. Besides the jewels of Czech chamber music (the piano trios of Antonin Dvorak, Martinu, Bedrich Smetana and Josef Suk, Vitezslav Novak and Petr Eben) the group includes in its repertoire works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff.

When interpreting Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C Major, the Trio Martinů collaborated with leading domestic orchestras (The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and the Prague Chamber Orchestra) led by conductors such as Libor Pesek, Jin Wang and Jean-Claude Casadesus. The group has also performed at many music festivals (Prague Spring, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festival Mitte Europa Bayern ...).

The Trio Martinů repeatedly records for Czech Radio and has to its credit several CDs. In 1995 the group was awarded a prize by the Czech Chamber Music Society of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

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