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Trio Van Beethoven Vienna

Piano, Violin and Cello

Live Concerts in April 2015 -  debut at Kings Place, London:
Beethoven Piano Trio op.1/2
Brahms Piano Trio op. 8

Clemens Zeilinger - Piano
Verena Stourzh - Violin
Franz Ortner - Cello

Why van Beethoven? Beethoven stands for independence of mind, for revolutionary ideas, for music that reaches far beyond his own time. Beethoven was a lone wolf, but, at the same time, he was the central figure to begin new traditions of composing that influenced many of his successors.

Beethoven serves as a symbol of the three musicians’ closeness to Viennese Classic works, but also stands as a visionary and the creator of a new mode of composition. This pairs well with the main mission of the TrioVanBeethoven: their dedication to the care of the classical trio works, but also expanding upon Beethoven’s vision by the commissioning of new compositions and crossover projects with contemporary composers. Currently working in conjunction with the Scottish singers Lorna Anderson (soprano) and Jamie MacDougall (tenor), the TrioVanBeethoven is focusing on Beethoven’s and Haydn’s folksong arrangements in order to present this unique combination of classical music and folksong tradition to a broader public.

In its foundation year in 2011, the Trio held its debut at the renowned Festival Tage der Alten Musik in Herne (Germany). Since then, the ensemble has performed in many countries throughout Europe. They have given guest performances in the Vienna Konzerthaus, at the Brucknerfest Linz, the Festwochen Gmunden, Musikwochen Millstatt, the Haydn Festival Bruhl, in London (Kings Place), at the Pažaislis Music Festival in Lithuania, the Haydn Biennale in Mechelen, Belgium, the Festival Nuova Consonanza in Rome and the Festival Imago Sloveniae in Ljubljana. Since 2014, they are presenting a concert series in Upper Austria (Kremsegg Castle). Highlights in 2016 have been performances in the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Brucknerhaus Linz, where the Trio played Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in the sold out Big Hall. In 2017 the three musicians have been invited to perform a cycle of three concerts dedicated to Beethoven in the new “Muth” concert hall in Vienna. Also, they again will be guests in London, Kings Place.

On the CD market, the renowned label Gramola has just brought out the ensemble’s complete recording of Beethoven’s piano trios.

Musicweb International about Volume III of Beethoven Complete:

“… I’m pleased to report that in this volume TrioVanBeethoven does have a special relationship with the great one [Beethoven], as they have given us stunningly good performances here.”

Die Bühne about Volume II of Beethoven Complete:

“… They masterfully engage in a dialogue in which the instruments sound once confrontational, once coalescing. With their great sense of style, an ideal balance of sound and the fresh spirit of true musicians this young trio easily wins you over.”

Westfälischer Anzeiger, 28 October 2016
Beethoven refreshed - Austrian musicians enthral at Heessen Palace concert

“... With perfect skill, feeling and fire, the three Austrian top instrumentalists offered new insights into Beethoven’s oeuvre […] With the interpretation of this opus [Brahms Trio op.8] the three musicians yet again proved their extraordinary skills: Soloistic as well as chamber musical excellence, enriched with vital creative energy, finest nuancing, intensity, yet always smooth and emotionally captivating, all together resulted in an absolutely wonderful musical experience. The trio thus offered an inspired interpretation, combining romantic exuberance with streamlining of form and density of motifs.”

Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, 21 July 2016 The high art of supreme play - TrioVanBeethoven’s both moving and brilliant performance in the arcade court of the “Landhaus” in Linz.

“Solo as well as chamber musical perfection are characteristic of TrioVanBeethoven. Violinist Verena Stourzh is distinguished by her creative power, her vitality and the ability to express even the slightest dynamic nuances. Cellist Franz Ortner shows an incomparable sound in the cantilenas, yet at the same time convincing intensity and straightforwardness of play. Pianist Clemens Zeilinger’s brilliant mastery of his instrument is precise and delicate, his interpretation of the music emotionally exciting and clever.”

Clemens Zeilinger, 2011/12 “Artist in Residence” at the Brucknerhaus Linz, counts among Austria’s leading pianists. He was winner of the European Youth Musik Competition in Antwerp and won awards at the European Chamber Music Competition in the Hague and at the Beethoven Competition in Vienna.
As soloist he performed with several renowned orchestras like the Orchestra of the Royal Academy in London, the Bruckner Orchester in Linz, the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg and the Lower Austrian Symphony. He gave concerts in many European countries, in the USA and Japan as well as in Korea, Morocco, Iran and Oman.
In 2008, Clemens Zeilinger played all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, 2010 he presented a series of Schubert’s piano works at the same venue.
He teaches at the University of Music in Vienna and at the Anton-Bruckner University in Linz.

Verena Stourzh was a member of the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt from 1998 to its disbanding in 2010 and has an impressive record of numerous concert appearances in Austria and abroad: She has performed at the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna, at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt (annual subscription concerts), at the Cheltenham Festival in England, in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Basel (Stadtcasino), Paris (Louvre), London (King’s Place), Bonn (Beethovenfest), Potsdam (Musikfestspiele Sanssouci), New York City (Metropolitan Museum) and Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress), as well as in Canada, South America, South Africa, Australia and East Asia.
As violinist of the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt Verena Stourzh has presented complete CD-recordings of the piano trios of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert as well as the first complete recording of Haydn’s 429 folksong arrangements of Scottish and Welsh folk songs (with Lorna Anderson and Jamie MacDougall).

Franz Ortner very early established his reputation as soloist and member of chamber music ensembles. He is prize winner of the International Brahms Competition 2004 and the „Gradus ad Parnassum“ Cello Competition in 2005. Furthermore he was recipient of a stipend of the Lucerne Festical Academy directed by Pierre Boulez.
2006-2008 he was the principal cellist of the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra (Portugal), 2009-2014 he held the position of first cellist of the Esbjerg Ensemble in Denmark, currently he is a member of the Musikkollegium Winterthur.
2010 Franz Ortner released a CD with french pianist Caroline Boirot comprising works of Brahms, Fuchs, Kirchner and Schumann. 2011 he recorded a live-CD featuring Antonin Dvořák’s cello concerto with the Kammerorchester Niederösterreich (Austria).
As soloist he has recently appeared with the Chamber Orchestra Miskolc (Hungary), the Philharmonie Bad Reichenhall (Germany) and the Kammerorchester Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany). 2013 he made his debut with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.