The Eggner Trio is one of today’s most distinguished piano trios. Founded in 1997 by three brothers Georg (violin), Florian (cello) and Christoph Eggner (piano), the trio appears regularly at renowned concert halls such as Wigmore Hall London and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. The trio has given concerts throughout Europe and has appeared at festivals as Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Lockenhaus, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Heidelberger Frühling, Kissinger Sommer, Vendsyssel and Huntington Estate Music Festival. Tours have taken the ensemble to Japan, USA, South America and several times to Australia and New Zealand.
After winning the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2003, the Eggner Trio has captivated the musical world. In 2006 they participated in the series Rising Stars in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Cité de la musique Paris, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Kölner Philharmonie, Mozarteum Salzburg and Musikverein Vienna.
The Eggner Trio regularly performs with partners such as Amihai Grosz | Lise Berthaud, viola.
Apart from their chamber music activities the trio has performed a number of times the Triple Concertos by Beethoven and Bohuslav Martinu, amongst others with the Orchestra Filarmonica dell’Umbria, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich.
Live Classics has released two CDs by the Eggner Trio: Beethoven's Trio in B flat major op. 97 "Ghost Trio" with the Trio in B flat major op. 97 "Archduke" (Best Recording 2008 - Klassiek Centraal), and Mendelssohn's Piano Trios. Gramola Vienna released an album with the two Shostakovich Trios, trios by Brahms and Clara Schumann, the album Kaleidoskop with music by contemporary Austrian composers as well as work by Werner Pirchner.
The Eggner Trio counts as its major influences Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), Juri Smirnov (Brahms Trio Vienna) and the Altenberg Trio. In addition the trio has worked in master classes with Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio), Norbert Brainin and Sigmund Nissel (Amadeus Quartet), Thomas Kakuska (Alban Berg Quartett), Laszlo Meszö (Bartok Quartet) and with Steven Isserlis.
Georg Eggner plays a violin by Joseph Gagliano (1779) and Florian Eggner a violoncello by Carl Richter (1907).
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The Eggner Trio performs at Musikverein Graz on 30 January Schubert's Trio B flat major op. 99 and Trio E flat major op. 100 (original version) within the trio's 20th anniversary.
The Eggner Trio returns to the Wigmore Hall on 12 October for a further concert of its Haydn-Dvorák cycle performing the Haydn trios in E minor and G major as well as Dvorák's 'Dumky' Trio.
The Eggner Trio rerturns to Nottingham and Wigmore Hall for two concerts on 30 and 31 March performing two trios by Haydn: No. 24 in D and No. 21 in C as well as the Dvorak Trio in F minor op. 65.
The Eggner Trio returns to a concert at Wigmore Hall on 5 June for their Haydn/Dvorak cycle with two trios by Haydn, in C, XV:27 and E, XV:28 and Dvorak Trio g minor op. 26.
The Eggner Trio will be again on tour in Australia. Highlights will be each two concerts in Sydney on 9 and 14 November and in Melbourne on 10 and 21 November as well as concerts in Perth and Adelaide. The programme includes trios by Dvorak, Brahms, Haydn, Werner Pirchner and Dulcie Holland.
The Eggner Trio gives its debut in Innsbruck on 14 April with Mendelssohn Trio d minor op. 49, Werner Pirchner Trio Heimat? and Jean Sibelius Trio D major “Korpo-Trio”.
The Eggner Trio returns to the Wigmore Hall London on 8 February with three piano trios by Mozart (K. 502, K.564, K.564) and Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s trio in G op. 65.
The Eggner Trio guests at Rotterdam, De Doelen on 11 November with Mozart’s Divertimento B flat major K. 354, Anton Arensky’s trio No. 2 op. 73 and Schubert’s Trio B flat major op. 99. The concert will be live broadcasted on radio 4 in the Nederlandse Publieke Omroep.
Together with Amihai Grosz, principle viola of Berlin Philharmonic and one of the founding members of the Jerusalem String Quartet, the Austrian Piano Trio will
perform ten concerts from 14 to 25 September, among others in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.The tour programme includes piano quartets by Mozart (K.478 and K.493), Schumann (op. 47) and Dvorák (op. 87) as well as piano trio by Beethoven (op. 70/1 "Ghost") and Schumann (op. 110). DetailsRead more
Dvorak’s B flat Trio op. 21 was a performance of constant strength and purpose, beautiful certainly, but also forceful, commanding attention. The outer movements and the scherzo were filled with vigour, the Adagio had both simple reverie and intensity.
The Strad, Tim Homfray, 12/2015
In the introducing Trio d minor op. 49 by Mendelssohn the artistic qualities of the Eggner already arose: passionate music-making in admirably precise tuning, with glowing intensity and a fine sense of sound.
Kronenzeitung Innsbruck, Franz Gratl, 16.04.2015
The highlight of the evening was the Beethoven´s Piano Trio No 1 in D, op. 70, played with a huge vigour and a sense of fun combined with aggressive dynamic changes. The allegro vivace con brio and largo benefited from the performers´ brilliant attack and precision. The presto was a triumph of runaway devilry.
Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times, 25.09.2014
Dvořák´s Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat, op. 87 with Amihai Grosz was full of folk rhythms and surging, modulating tunes, beautifully interwoven and expressive. Remarkable were the perfectly co-ordinated barely audible pizzicatos at the end of the melodic Lento. The energy and imagination of the musicians will never be forgotten.
Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail, 23.09.2014
Their play (Haydn Trio in C Hob. XV: 21) - as the finale shows - is brimming over with virtousic playfulness and attention to detail. Perfect how their phrases match to those by Christoph Eggner on the piano, this proves an ensemble quality that is hard to achieve.
Münchner Merkur, Manfred Stanka, 19.03.2014
The three Eggner brothers give the music transparency, make musical expression literally visual and change masterly and without efforts from fortissimo to pianissimo, from adagio to an excessive presto. A chamber music evening that will be remembered by the audience.
Passauer Neue Presse, Peter Klewitz, 03.12.2013
Romantical-emotional the Brahms Trio C major can be heard very often. The three Eggner Trio instead simply dispense precision. Their instruments, among them a fine Bösendorfer piano set themselves apart from each other and make the structure of the piece hearable without any lack of passion.
KulturSPIEGEL, Johannes Saltzwedel, 4/2013
The new CD shows the top form of the three brothers: a piano trio in perfection evolves in Johannes Brahms' mature op. 78 in C Major from 1880, which obviously concentrates a lot of the harmonic and melodic ideas of Brahms' great orchestral works just like in a burning lens. The Eggners understand how to add a great amount of Viennese charm to the rough and unwieldy Northern German wind. The Trio op. 17 by Clara Schumann in contrary sounds considerably withdrawn. Melodic power does not need ostensible virtuosity, instead fine balanced structure. The Eggners work out all that precisely. Warm sound and swinging tension: The performers enjoy the refined Clara as well as the grim Brahms. The contrasts wonderfully complement each other.
Spiegel online, Werner Theurich, 23.03.2013
Brilliantly the three brothers are performing in particular the Piano Trio op. 67 by Shostakovich. They emphasize on the control of the intrinsic emotional energies. They don't get rushed by the eruptions or the lyrical-dolorous string passages - which even amplifies the effect of the work, because all nuances are being made transparent. Iván Eröd's Piano Trio op. 21 released on CD for the first time, fits strikingly to the sound language of the Russian composer. And here as well, the young brothers interpret the work impressively aptly. A truly outstanding recording. Bravo!
They match their playing in every last detail. Not, however, in a mechanical way, but with the joyful confidence that comes of deep familiarity with each other. It will surprise nobody who's seen them if they achieve the same renown as the Guarneri and Beaux Arts Trios.
Nottingham Evening Post, 11/2008
The explosive start to op. 70 no. 1 sets the tone for the Eggner's intense, dramatic and strikingly detailed reading, combining first-class individual contributions with impeccable ensemble und unanimity of interpretative approach. The clarity of pianist Christoph's articulation is especially remarkable, as are also the colourful lyricism, warm tone and persuasive phrasing of this brothers' playing. All three combine to achieve that aura of timelessness that characterises the expressive central movement. The trio's playing is unfailingly perceptive throughout, spawning new musical insights and a wide range of contrasting emotions.
The Strad, 09/2008
|Arensky, Anton||Trio Nr. 1 d-Moll, op. 32
Trio Nr. 2 d-Moll, op. 73
|Batik, Roland||4 Intermezzi für Klaviertrio|
|Beethoven, Ludwig van||Kakadu Variationen, op. 121a
Trio Nr. 1 Es-Dur, op. 1
Trio Nr. 2 G-Dur, op. 1
Trio Nr. 3 c-Moll, op. 1
Trio Nr. 4 B-Dur, op. 11 "Gassenhauer"
Trio Nr. 1 D-Dur, op. 70 "Geistertrio"
Trio Nr. 2 Es-Dur, op. 70
Trio B-Dur, op. 97 "Erzherzog"
Tripelkonzert C-Dur, op. 56
|Berauer, Johannes||Klavier Trio Nr. 1 (2006/2007)|
|Brahms, Johannes||Klavierquintett f-Moll, op. 34
Trio Nr. 1 H-Dur, op. 8 (1889)
Trio Nr. 2 C-Dur, op. 87
Trio Nr. 3 c-Moll, op. 101
|Chopin, Frédéric||Trio g-Moll, op. 8|
|Debussy, Claude||Trio G-Dur|
|Dvořák, Antonín||Klavierquartett Nr. 2 Es-Dur, op. 87
Trio Nr. 1 B-Dur, op. 21
Trio Nr. 2 g-Moll, op. 26
Trio Nr. 3 f-Moll, op. 65
Trio Nr. 4 e-Moll, op. 90 "Dumky"
|Edwards, Ross||Klaviertrio (1998)|
|Eröd, Iván||Trio, op. 21 (1976)|
|Etlinger, Andreas||Trio in e (1997)|
|Fauré, Gabriel||Trio D-Dur, op. 120|
|Grieg, Edvard||Trio c-Moll "Andante con moto"|
|Gál, Hans||Variationen über eine Alt-Wiener Heurigenmelodie, op. 9|
|Haydn, Joseph||Trio e-Moll, Hob. XV: 12
Trio G Dur, Hob. XV: 15
Trio B-Dur, Hob. XV: 20
Trio C-Dur, Hob. XV: 21
Trio D-Dur, Hob. XV: 24
Trio G-Dur, Hob. XV: 25 "Zigeunertrio"
Trio C-Dur, Hob. XV: 27
Trio E-Dur, Hob. XV: 28
Trio G-Dur, Hob. XV: 41
|Hummel, Johann N.||Trio Nr. 5 G-Dur, op. 65
Trio Es-Dur, op. 96
|Liszt, Franz||Rhapsodie Hongroise No. 9 - Le Carnaval de Pest|
|Martin, Frank||Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises, W20 (1925)|
|Martinu, Bohuslav||Concertino pour trio avec piano et orchestre à cordes (1933)|
|Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix||Trio Nr. 1 d-Moll, op. 49
Trio Nr. 2 c-Moll, op. 66
|Mozart, W.A.||Divertimento à 3 in B-Dur, KV 254
Quartett g-Moll, KV 478
Quartett Es-Dur, KV 493
Trio G-Dur KV 496
Trio B-Dur KV 502
Trio E-Dur KV 542
Trio C-Dur KV 548
Trio G-Dur KV 564
|Munro, Ian||Tales from Old Russia (2008)|
|Peres, Sascha||7 Präludien mit Prolog und Epilog (2009)|
|Piazzolla, Astor||Die Vier Jahreszeiten" für Trio bearbeitet von José Bragato|
|Pirchner, Werner||Heimat?, PWV 29b (1988/1992)
Heute war gestern morgen…heute ist morgen gestern.
Wem gehört der Mensch...?, PWV 31 (1988)
|Psathas, John||Three Island Songs (1995/1999)|
|Rachmaninov, Sergej||Trio élégiaque g-Moll
Trio élégiaque d-Moll, op. 9
|Ravel, Maurice||Trio a-Moll (1914)|
|Ritchie, Anthony||Oppositions for Piano Quartet|
|Saint-Saëns, Camille||Klaviertrio Nr. 2 e-Moll, op. 92|
|Schmidt, Franz||Quintet für Klavier, Klarinette, Violine, Viola und Cello A-Dur (1938)|
|Schostakowitsch, Dmitri||Trio Nr. 1 c-Moll, op. 8
Trio Nr. 2 e-Moll, op. 67
|Schubert, Franz||Adagio Es-Dur "Notturno", op. 148/ D898
Quintett A-Dur "Die Forelle", op. 114
Sonatensatz B-Dur Allegro, D 28
Trio Nr. 1 B-Dur, op. 99/ D 898
Trio Nr. 2 Es-Dur, op. 100/ D 929
|Schumann, Clara||Klaviertrio g-Moll, op. 17|
|Schumann, Robert||6 Stücke in kanonischer Form, op.56 (Instrumentation: Theodor Kirchner)
Fantasiestücke für Klaviertrio, op. 88
Klavierquartett Es-Dur, op. 47
Klavierquintett Nr. 1 Es-Dur, op. 44
Trio Nr. 1 d-Moll, op. 63
Trio Nr. 2 F-Dur, op. 80
Trio Nr. 3 g-Moll, op. 110
|Schütt, Eduard||Walzer-Märchen, Op. 54|
|Takács, Jenö||Trio-Rhapsodie, op. 11 (1926)|
|Tschaikowski, Piotr llitch||Trio a-Moll, op. 50|
|Wunder, Gerrit||Sequentia Miraculi (2010)|
|Zemlinsky, Alexander von||Trio d-Moll, op. 3|