HOUSTON—The Vienna Piano Trio will be performing in the Houston Friends of Chamber Music series on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 8 p.m. in Stude Concert Hall, at the Shepherd School of Music on the Rice University campus, parking entrances #8 and #18. The group is returning to Houston Friends of Chamber Music, since their performances here in 2006 and 2008, to perform “Jacobs Dream” Piano Trio No. 41 (Hobbs SV/31) in E flat minor by Haydn, Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 by Schoenberg, and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B flat Major Op. 97 “Archduke.” They will also be giving a master class at Rice University on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Duncan Hall at the Shepherd School of Music, which is open to the public at no charge.
Two of the members of this renowned ensemble, violinist Wolfgang Redik and pianist Stefan Mendl, founded the Vienna Piano Trio nearly 20 years ago, and cellist Matthias Gredler joined them in 2001 to replace Marcus Trefny. This season, the Vienna Piano Trio is in residence at Wigmore-Hall in London, when they are not touring worldwide. Wolfgang Redik plays a violin by J.B. Guadagnini from 1772, on loan from the Austrian National Bank, and Matthias Gredler plays a cello by J.B. Guadagnini from 1752.
The Vienna Piano Trio regularly performs at music festivals such as the “Schubertiade Schwarzenberg”, the festival “Aix en Provence”, the “Mozartwoche Salzburg”, the “Beethovenfest Bonn”, the Chamber-Music Festival in Kuhmo (Finland), and the festivals in Ottawa and Lanaudiere. Recently the group was awarded a Prize by `Asociacion de Criticos Musicales de la Argentina´ 2009 for the best foreign chamber group.
The ensemble’s discography includes works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvoøák, Shostakovich and Schnittke, all released on the British label Nimbus Records. Its recordings have earned the trio highest critical acclaim as well as several awards (Gramophone Editors Choice, BBC Radio 3 "Record of the Month", The London Times Classical Album of the Year). In July 2010 they were awarded an `ECHO-KLASSIK 2010´for their latest release of Haydn Piano Trios.
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As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Houston Friends of Chamber Music has been bringing the world’s finest Chamber music to Houston since 1960.
Houston Friends of Chamber Music is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. These performances are also made possible by generous grants from Houston Endowment Inc., a philanthropy endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Jesse H. Jones.