Matthieu Handtschoewercker (violin)
Antoine Landowski (violoncello)
Boris de Larochelambert (piano)
Inspired by Ernest Chausson's stirring and at the same time sparkling music, which is significantly characteristic for an important era of the French art, the ensemble gave its very first concert in the course of the festival de Clairac. This was the beginning of the Trio Chausson's successful career.
In the meantime the young French Trio Chausson gave numerous concerts in Europe, USA and Brazil. Within the series Rising Stars the trio has performed in major European concert halls as well as the Carnegie Hall New York. They gave highly successful concerts at festivals as Folles Journées Nantes, La Roque d'Anthéron, Tours, Colmar, Prades, Echternach, Vendsyssel, Heidelberg and Zeist. They lately appeared in Lucerne, Frankfurt, Munich, Hannover, Grenoble, Venice, Tilburg, Klagenfurt, Metz, Clermont-Ferrand, Lille, Paris among others.
The trio has played the first performance of the Triple Concerto by Chausson/Mathieu Lamboley with the Orchestre d’Auvergne at Folles Journées in Nantes among others. The Trio Chausson offers a varied repertoire in various formations e.g. piano quartets with Mathieu Herzog and Alexander Pavlovsky, viola and quartets with soprano and trumpet.
Mirare Records has released five CD’s with trios by Chausson, Ravel, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Cécile Chaminade, René Lenormand, Haydn, Johann Nepomuk Hummel and Beethoven which arnered great acclaim. The Trio Chausson received the Gramophone “Editor's Choice of the Month” for their latest CD with trios by Haydn and Hummel in 2015.
The Trio Chausson gained important impulses at the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) by collaborating with significant chamber musicians such as Hatto Beyerle, Anner Bylsma, Gérard Wyss, Eckart Heiligers, Shmuel Ashkenazy, Rainer Kussmaul and Johannes Meissl. Especially by Hatto Beyerle the trio was intensely fostered.
The Trio Chausson drew the attention as the winner of the International Chamber Music Competition Joseph Joachim in Weimar 2005 as well as laureate of the Joseph Haydn Competition Vienna 2004 with an award for the best interpretation of contemporary music.
Boris de Larochelambert and Antoine Landowski studied individually at the Conservatorium in Paris and had chamber music classes with Pierre-Laurent Aimard together. After graduating they continued studying under Claire Désert, Ami Flammer and Alain Meunier. Leonard Schreiber studied at the Purcell School of Music and Royal College of Music in London graduating with First Class honours. He has performed with the Borodin Quartet, violist Miguel da Silva, cellist Henri Demarquette and pianist Andrei Korobeinikov among others.
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Mirare Records has released a further album of Trio Chausson featuring Beethoven's "Ghost" Trio and "Archduke" Trio.
The Trio Chausson and Matthieu Herzog, viola perform in Wiesloch on 11 January Ferdinand Ries: Piano Quartet F minor op. 13, Ernest Chausson: Trio G minor op. 3 and Dvorak: Piano Quartet E Flat major op. 87.
The Trio Chausson and violist Mathieu Herzog are performing two concerts in Gauting on 11 January and in Icking on 13 January with C.P.E. Bach's Piano Quartet Wq 95, Schumann's Piano Quartet E flat Major op. 47 and Brahms' Piano Quartet g Minor op. 25.
The Trio Chausson will be heard in Reutlingen on 13 December with a German-French programme: Haydn: Trio G minor Hob. XV: 1, Beethoven: Trio D minor op. 70, 1 „Ghost“, Hector Berlioz: Un Bal from "Sinfonie fantastique" (trio version) and Cécile Chaminade: Trio No. 2 A minor op. 34.
The French ensemble performs at Festival Folle Journée in Yekaterinburg from 8-10 July works by Schubert, Haydn, Bartok, Chopin, Boulanger and Piazzolla.
The Trio Chausson will be heard in Klagenfurt on 17 March with Beethoven’s Trio D major op. 70/1 Ghost, Brahms‘ Trio c minor op. 101 and Wagner’s Isoldes Liebestod (transcription)
The Trio Chausson gives four concerts at the Folle Journée Festival in Nantes from 3 to 7 February to feature works by Haydn, Schubert, Liszt, Bartok, Lili Boulanger and Astor Piazzolla.
Das Trio Chausson appears in Tilburg (Netherlands) on 12 November to perform Schubert’s Notturno E flat major op. 148, Beethoven’s trio op. 70/1 “Ghost”, Ravel’s La Valse and Ernest Chausson’s Trio g minor op. 3.
The Trio Chausson gives its Danish debut with a concert at the Vendsyssel Festival on 13 July. The programme features Haydn Trio XV:15 No. 27 C major, Schubert Notturno E flat major op. 148, Ravel La Valse and Ernest Chausson Trio No. 3 g minor.
The Trio Chausson received the Gramophone Editor's Choice of the month for their latest CD with trios by Haydn and Hummel in March 2015.
The Trio Chausson performs Ernest Chausson’s Triple Concerto D major op. 21 (transcription by Mathieu Lamboley) on 13 February with the Orchestre de l’Opera de Rouen under Antony Hermus in Rouen.
Mirare Records has released the fifth CD with three piano trios by Joseph Haydn trios (Hob. XV: 1, 12, 27) and the trio by Johann Nepomuk Hummel in F major op. 22.
Rachmaninov Trio No 1 in G minor, Félicien David Trio No 3 in C minor, Schubert Notturno E flat major and Cécile Chaminade Trio No 2 in a minor.Read more
The French Piano Trio played from June 24 to 27, 2014 in four concerts the triple solo part of Beethoven's Concerto with the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra.
The Flensburger Tagblatt wrote about the concert: "In ... the piece the three young musicians were focusing hearable on the delicate magic sound and a witty team play, in which they were feeding each other lines"
(Christoph Kalies, 27.06.2014).
The Trio Chausson trio formed the three parts (Haydn's Piano trio in E flat major, Beethoven's second Trio in G major from op.1 and Chausson's op. 3 in G minor) full of character, with an extraordinary variable and diversified expression. Vividly and with a fresh approach Philippe Talec (violin), Antoine Landowski (violoncello) and Boris de Larochelambert (piano) articulate Beethoven's exploration of new horizons. The inner logic of Chausson's relation-based Trio was captured by the trio and played with nuances and soul. An enlightening soiree.
Frankfurter Neue Presse, 20.04.2013
Trio Chausson has thrilled audiences with an interpretation full of intelligence, sensitivity and dexterity in Chopin's Piano Trio in G minor and Tchaikovsky's Trio in A Minor.Boris de Larochelambert gives the piano an almost concertante brilliance in Chopin's finale, in which the powerful strings enter into dialogue with him. The singing melody, which is based on a dynamic phrasing and rhythm, is interpreted very fresh by violinist Matthieu Handtschoewercker and cellist Antoine Landowski.[…]
In the Tchaikovsky trio the Chaussons preserve the already famous qualities. The Adagio with the touching solo by Matthieu Handtschoewercker was particularly thrilling. As en encore we heard the third movement from Haydn's trio Hob. XV: 2: brilliantly and fierily.
Bachtrack, Jean Landras, 24.07.2019
The memorable former violist of Ebène Quartet, Mathieu Herzog, seized the threads of Schumann's Quartet in E flat major op. 47, subscribed to his refinement, and lingered for a longer time in the cantilenas, which gave the piece the romantic weight. In Brahms's Quartet in G minor op. 25 the chamber music fire blazed. The musicians increased each other and tasted the rondo alla Zingarese outrageously. Great applause and a Brahms andante as an encore.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Harald Eggebrecht, 13.01.2018
Anyone who had expected light, piano-accented food at Haydn's Trio Hob.XV: 1 was surprised by a profound interpretation. The pianist Boris de Larochelambert transformed the work into a caprice with baroque reminiscences. The strings' colleagues contributed highly concentrated an accompaniment and curlicue.(…)
Freely and with great gesture, the three musicians spread the treasures of Cecile Chaminade's second Piano trio in orchestral sound: Glowing tremulations, sweet cantilenas, grandiose increases to ecstasy. Total silence in the hall after the final note of the movement Lento. The audience was as captivated and enjoyed hereafter the fast final movement – great music in a congenial performance.
Südwest Presse, Susanne Eckstein, 16.12.2016
The musicians embraced Beethoven's Piano Trio in D major op. 70.1 ("Ghost") magnificently. Schreiber, Landowski and de Larochelambert (…) know to create an event particularly with the core piece, the slow movement with ghostly pale sounds, gloomy choral clashes, and melancholic-graceful singing. (…)
Fancifully internalized waltzes followed later in a transcription of Hector Berlioz 'Un Bal from "Symphonie fantastique". A magnificent whisper and pearls in the piano merged with melodious freshness and passion in the strings. Rich applause followed.
Reutlinger General-Anzeiger, Christoph B. Ströhle, 15.12.2016
With magnificent shades and much verve Beethoven's Trio "Ghost" was performed by the young, award-winning French Piano Trio Chausson. The musicians equally captivated in Brahms’ Trio no. 3 op. 101 creating rich colors, rhythmic finesse, masterful virtuosity and vitality .
Kleine Zeitung Klagenfurt, HC, 21.03.2016
From the tasty flowing first movement to the featherweight Scherzo, the intense "Elegia" to the fiery finale, this was a plea for Anton Arenski at high-end. Boris de Larochelambert proved to be as virtuoso as an arranger as a pianist with his simply congenial trio version of Ravel's hit "La Valse". The splendidly energetic playing secured the original adaptation the best effect including creating a great furor.
In Ernest Chausson’s Trio opus 3 the guests also met the sound of the late romantics following Cesar Franck perfectly (...).The outstandingly sensitive pianist and the two refined string players Strings provided instrumental highlights in abundance. Schubert's Notturno Es-dur D 897 followed upon great applause as an exquisite encore.
Mannheimer Morgen, Klaus Roß, 19.01.2016
Instead Trio Chausson’s interpretation, at a tempo about 10 points below the Beaux Arts, Florestan and András Schiff, abounds in harmonic pointing and expressive detail.(…). Pianist Boris de Larochelambert leads and supports, both in the depths of the Andante and in steely resolve for the Presto finale. Never trivial, he weights both individual notes and chords with care, his colleagues matching his rhythmic patterns in the Allegro moderato of No 12, easing and tightening tempo, accenting and shading phrases according to how they choose to characterise the music’s shifting tonality. These musicians offer their own dynamics and elucidation, smilingly recreating the second movement’s Trio in the relative major (…)
Hummel, is no mean composer of the genre either. Trio Chausson don’t relax their probing vigilance; and Hummel benefits. An outstanding disc.
Gramophone, Nalen Anthoni, 03/2015
The three musicians of the Trio Chausson breathe together, which creates a playful lightness, this airy and yet demanding trios by Haydn benefit from this. (... ) And in Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s well-known Rondo alla turca of the trio in F major, they are showing not claiming to present sensationalism and acceleration, but a sensitive disciplined, yet rampant interaction.
MDR Figaro online, Grit Schulze, 26.01.2015
The Trio Chausson presented the huge orchestral score of Ravel's "La Valse" in their own arrangement for piano trio and astonished with refined, crisp and extraordinary sound effects that drove away all desires for the original version. It was a brilliant demonstration of a completely new interpretation of something quite familiar. Previously the musicians had presented Chopin’s Piano Trio in G minor, bringing it out of its niche existence firmly into the mainstream. In the beguiling "heavenly sounds" of Schubert's Notturno in E flat major, one would have heard a pin drop during their riveting performance.
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Günter Helms, 19.03.2011
The multiple-award winner Trio Chausson is playing with great virtuosity, showing rich tone colours, a perfect sense of balance, individual charm and refinement, and a high consciousness for musical details. A great experience to hear the three musicians fading Ravel’s trio to a fine pianissimo and showing Ravel’s sparkling vitality.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Harald Eggebrecht, 12.04.2011
Rare early Debussy, the great but under-rated Chaminade, the unjustly forgotten Lenormand: three French trios take us by surprise with the quality of their inventiveness and beauty. Superbly played.
BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ****
Delicate yet precise, thrilling but warm, it's a CD which deserves to bring them further international recognition.
CLASSIC FM, Jane Jones, July 2012
Beethoven's Archduke Trio lolls in search of the infinite. The Trio Chausson traces this irresistible urge and reveals the innermost part of Beethoven in the smallest notes. I was particularly taken with the pianist Boris de Larochelambert, who, with a fragrance at the touch and a lightness in the decorations, redeemed the hidden by the evidence of simplicity. The album is a precious item in the middle of the Beethoven year, full of German profundity, conceptually French esprit and impressive elegance in accomplishment.
Online Merker, Dr. Ingobert Waltenberger, 17.06.2020
Beethoven: "Ghost" Trio D major op. 70/1
Beethoven: "Archduke Trio" B flat major op. 97
Joseph Haydn: Hob. XV: 1, 12, 27
Johann Nepomuk Hummels: Trio in F minor, op. 22
Mirare/Harmonia Mundi (2014)