The Haydn Trio Eisenstadt is one of the leading Austrian chamber music ensembles. The three musicians are renowned for their interpretation of Joseph Haydn’s works as well as the other repertoire of their genre and have also made an outstanding name for themselves with performances of new music.
Founded in 1992, the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt studied in the chamber music class of the Vienna Academy of Music followed by participation in master classes given by the Trio di Trieste. In 1994, the renowned Accademia Chigiana in Siena bestowed on the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt the honorary diploma for the "best piano trio" and an award for "the best foreign contribution" of the entire festival. This distinction led to their being admitted to the Scuola Internazionale di Musica da Camera del Trio di Trieste, which the ensemble attended for two years.
Since 1995 the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt has presented an annual concert cycle at the Esterházy Castle in Eisenstadt. In addition to regular concerts in Austria, the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt has been on tour all over Europe and the USA. The ensemble has performed at music festivals worldwide such as the Klangbogen - Festival in Vienna, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the Haydn Biennale Vlaanderen in Belgium, the Venyssel Festival in Denmark, the Haydn Festival in Japan and in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. In 2006 Austria celebrated Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann. As part of the ensemble's project "Bachmann to Music" the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt performed over 20 concerts including New York, Washington, Belgrade, Dublin and Vienna.
Since 2002 the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt has worked together with the Scottish singers Lorna Anderson (soprano) and Jamie MacDougall (tenor) on presenting all 429 Folksong Arrangements composed by Haydn both in concert and on CD. This project is supported by a large number of sponsors and supervised by the Scottish musicologist Professor Marjorie Rycroft from the University of Glasgow and the Haydn Institute Cologne. The first ever complete CD edition of Haydn's Folksong Arrangements comprises a total of 19 CDs and was released in January 2009.
In 2002 the trio initiated a new concert series entitled ton.art.project which aims to be a platform for contemporary music within the context of other art forms.
The Trio's discography includes the complete piano trios of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart (for the latter they received the prize "Wiener Flötenuhr" awarded by the Vienna Mozart Community (Wiener Mozartgemeinde) as well as recordings of contemporary works.
For the occasion of Haydn's bicentenary in 2009 the trio initiated together with the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt the international composition project "D2H - Dedicated to Haydn". 18 composers were commissioned to write a Piano Trio dedicated to Haydn and the world premieres of these took place in Eisenstadt in April/May 09 followed by performances worldwide by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, musical ambassadors of Haydn's home region. The trio performed throughout Europe including Paris (The Louvre), Frankfurt, Hanover, Basel, Milan, Rome, Prague as well as prestigious concerts in the US in New York's Metropolitan Museum series and Washington's Library of Congress series. They also toured to Australia, South Africa, South America, India, China and Japan giving the local premieres of the new trios alongside Haydn's works.
Engagements in the UK during Summer 09 included the Bury St Edmunds and Cheltenham Festivals and the Gwyl Gregynog Festival in North Wales. Haydn Trio Eisenstadt opened the 09/10 season with a week-long Haydn festival at Kings Place, London where they performed all eighteen new works together with Haydn's piano trios, a selection of Haydn's Scottish and Welsh folksongs. Following a very successful tour of Ireland this season plans are already under way for a new tour.
The Trio began 2009 with a tour in Scotland performing the world premiere of James MacMillan's Lament of Mary, Queen of Scots, commissioned by the Chancellor's Fund of the University of Glasgow for the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns.
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