Artists biographies
Trio Jean Paul

The Trio Jean Paul has existed for more than two decades in an unchanged line-up and is still one of the most sought-after and successful chamber music ensembles. Audiences around the world are enchanted by the elevated ensemble culture, the sensitive aesthetics of its sound and the self-assured musicality of the three musicians.

The ensemble’s decision to name themselves after the author Jean Paul (he was Robert Schumann’s favourite poet) reveals what the musicians care most about in their interpretations: developing the linguistic and rhetorical elements of the music and allowing the audience to hear them.

Engagements have regularly taken the ensemble to some of the world’s most significant concert halls, such as the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and the Wigmore Hall in London. During their extensive tours they have performed in places such as the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria.

One of the ensemble’s focal points is performing the contemporary repertoire, which also includes many world premieres by renowned composers. Wolfgang Rihm dedicated his ‘Trio Concerto’ to the trio, which had its world premiere in the Berlin Philharmonie together with the WDR-Sinfonieorchester, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste in 2014. Further performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover followed.

Several of the trio’s CD productions have won prizes: the recording of Brahms’s trio in B major and Schoenberg’s ‘Verklärte Nacht’ received the ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’, the recording of the two Menselssohn trios in 2009 and the Schubert trios in 2012 won the ‘Supersonic Award’. In 2015 they released a CD with piano trios by Joseph Haydn. The trio is currently exciting fans with a recording of Brahms’s sextets for strings, adapted for piano trio by the composer’s friend Theodor Kirchner.

Foto: Irène Zandel Foto: Irène Zandel

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017