Why "van Beethoven" ?
Beethoven stands for independence of mind,
for revolutionary ideas,
for music that reaches far beyond his own time.
The TrioVanBeethoven was founded byClemens Zeilinger,Verena Stourzh and Erich Oskar Huetter in 2011. Since autumn 2013 Franz Ortner is the ensemble's cellist.
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 the central point of departure for new traditions of composing, like for example the line from Brahms to Schönberg.
Beethoven as a symbol of the three musicians' closeness to the works of the Viennese Classic, but also as a visionary and creator of a new mode of composing - this fits the main purpose of the TrioVanBeethoven: the care of the classical trio works, but also the commissioning of new compositions or Crossover projects. Jointly with the Scottish singers Lorna Anderson (soprano) and Jamie MacDougall (tenor), the TrioVanBeethoven puts a focus 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.
The TrioVanBeethoven had its debut in November, 2011 within the Days of Old Music in Herne (Germany), the concert was recorded by WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk). 2012 concerts have taken place in Austria, Germany and Italy. In 2013 the TrioVanBeethoven had its debut in Poland, France and Greece and again performed in Austria and Italy. In addition, the Trio released Vol.1 of the complete recording of Beethoven's piano trios for the renowned Austrian label Gramola.
In 2014, the TrioVanBeethoven presents two subscription series in Upper Austria (Kremsegg Castle) and in Styria (Rein Convent) and will have its debut in South Korea and Serbia as well as at the Haydn-Festival in Brühl (Germany). The ensemble continues the recording of the Beethoven piano trios and opens up a CD project featuring piano trios by Ignaz Pleyel.
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 (Kings 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. From 2006 to 2008 he was the principal cellist of the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra (Portugal), since 2009 he holds the position of first cellist of the Esbjerg Ensemble in Denmark. In 2010, Franz Ortner released a CD with french pianist Caroline Boirot comprising works of Brahms, Fuchs, Kirchner and Schumann. In 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). In 2013, he made his debut with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
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