Jonian Ilias Kadesha – Violin
Vashti Hunter – Cello
Nicholas Rimmer – Piano
"A truly refreshing performance! Richly coloured, honest, full of joy and with good agogics! This trio belongs to another league!" (Ensemble Magazine) "Trio Gaspard has excellent credentials and immediately found its way into the heart of the audience." (L'Arena, Verona)
Founded in 2010, Trio Gaspard is one of the most sought-after piano trios of its generation, praised for their unique and fresh approach to the score. Trio Gaspard is regularly invited to perform at major international concert halls, such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Essen Philharmonie, Grafenegg Castle Austria, Salle Molière Lyon, NDR Rolf-Liebermann Hall, Hamburg and Shanghai Symphony Hall as well as making appearances at festivals such as Heidelberger Frühling, Mantua Chamber Music Festival, Boswiler Sommer and PODIUM Festival Esslingen. Important engagements over the past year include recitals in Belfast, Trieste, Naples, Bern, Heidelberg, Grafenegg Festspiele as well as in Berlin’s new ‘Pierre Boulez’ Hall. A highlight of 2018 was performing Beethoven triple concerto twice in Switzerland under the baton of éminent musician and conductor, Gabor Takács-Nagy.
Trio Gaspard are winners of three major international competitions since their inception. They won first prizes and special prizes at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar, the 5th International Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna and the 17th International Chamber Music Competition in Illzach, France. In 2012 they were awarded the ‘''Wiener Klassik'' Preis der Stadt Baden’ in Austria.
As well as exploring and championing the traditional piano trio repertoire, Trio Gaspard works regularly with contemporary composers and is keen to discover seldom-played masterpieces. In 2017, they performed a commission from Irish composer Gareth Williams at the Belfast Music Society, broadcasted live by the BBC. Last season they played the rarelyperformed ‘Présence- Ballet Blanc’ for piano trio and speaker by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, working alongside contemporary dancer Luka Fritsch. Their performance of the Zimmermann was recorded live at Boulezsaal and will soon be released on the trio’s ‘Live in Berlin’ CD, in cooperation with German Radio.
Trio Gaspard, whose members hail from Germany, Greece and the UK, has worked regularly with the co-founding member of the Alban Berg Quartet, Hatto Beyerle. They also studied at the European Chamber Music Academy, where they worked with Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet), Ferenc Rados, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Jérôme Pernoo and Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet). The trio already has considerable teaching experience, having given masterclasses at Kyung-Hee University in Seoul, Korea, at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and at the Shanghai Chamber Music Festival 2016 and 2018, where they also sat on the jury of China’s national chamber music competition. Trio Gaspard held a fellowship of chamber music at the Royal Northern College of music in Manchester from 2017-2019, where they taught, gave masterclasses and performed regularly.
All three members are successful soloists in their own right and continue to pursue their solo careers, giving recitals and performing concertos in prestigious venues including the Tonhalle Zürich, Megaron Music Hall Athens, Teatro Verdi di Firenze, Konzerthaus Vienna, Berlin Philharmonie, Rudolfinium Hall Prague and Royal Festival Hall London. They are prize winners at international competitions including the ‘Prague Spring’ Cello competition, the Leopold Mozart Violin Competition, the 'Deutscher Musikwettbewerb', Parkhouse Award London and YCAT. The members of Trio Gaspard have also performed individually with other chamber groups, collaborating with eminent artists such as Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, Nicolas Altstaedt, Martha Argerich, Vilde Frang, Pekka Kuusisto, Kit Armstrong, Ferenc Rados, Nils Mönkemeyer and the Quartetto di Cremona.