Trio Wanderer quite deserves their stage-name. Indeed, "Wanderer" pays homage to Schubert, and more widely to German Romanticism which is often imbued with the leitmotiv of the wandering traveler. These three French musicians are avid open-minded wandering travelers, who explore the musical world, spanning the centuries from Mozart and Haydn to nowadays. Acclaimed for its extraordinarily sensitive style, almost telepathic nunderstanding of each other and technical mastery, the Trio Wanderer is one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles.
Winning first prize for chamber music at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, the Trio Wanderer studied from 1987 to 1991 with such masters as Jean-Claude Pennetier, Jean Hubeau, Janos Starker, Menahem Pressler from the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Amadeus Quartet. In 1988, they won the ARD Competition in Munich and, in 1990, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in the USA.
Called a "Wandering Star" by the Strad Magazine, the Trio has performed on the most prestigious music stages: Berlin's Philharmonic, Paris' Theatre des Champs Elysees, London's Wigmore Hall, Milan's Teatro alla Scala, Washington's Library of Congress, Rio de Janeiro's Teatro Municipal, Tokyo's Kioi Hall, Zurich's Tonhalle and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. They have also performed at major festivals such as Edinburgh, Montreux, Feldkirch, Schleswig Holstein, Rheingau Musiksommmer, Colmar, La Roque d'Antheron, the Folles Journees de Nantes, Granada, Stresa, and Osaka.
Their debut at the Salburg Festival in August 2002 was praised as "a triumphant success" by the critics and led to their return for the 2004 and 2006 Festivals.
Trio Wanderer's further engagements include performances at Theatre du Chatelet, London's Wigmore Hall, Tokyo's International Forum, New York's Frick Collection but also in Moscou, Roma, Den Haag, Geneve or Montreal. It will give the world premiere of the Bruno Mantovani's 'Huit moments Musicaux' at the Nantes' Folles Journees 2008 and of the Frank Michael Beyer 'Lichspuren' during its next tour in Germany.
They have on many occasions collaborated with artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Christopher Hogwood, James Loughran, Marco Guidarini, Charles Dutoit and James Conlon, accompanied, in triple or double concertos, by orchestras as Nice, Montpellier, Santiago de Chile, La Coruna, Teneriffe, by Radio-France's Orchestre National and Orchestre Philharmonique, Berlin's Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Graz's Philharmonic Orchester, Koln's Gurzenich Orchester...
Two CDs have been released by Sony Classical (Mendelssohn Trios in 1995 and the Dvorak and Smetana Trios in 1996). In 1999 the Trio Wanderer began a new partnership with Harmonia Mundi, with whom they have recorded trios by Chausson, Ravel, Schubert, Haydn, Shostakovich and Copland, Beethoven's Triple Concerto (with James Conlon), Schubert's Trout Quintet, trios by Saint-Saens and the complete Brahms piano trios. In 2005, a new CD dedicated to the Martinu's Triple Concerti was issued by Capriccio. Their recordings have been awarded several prizes including Choc du Monde de la Musique, Fanfare's Want List, Critic's Choice de Gramophone, 5-Sterne Ensemble Magazine, Klassik.com Empfehlung, Classical Internet Award 2005…
Their 2006 Brahms' trios recording, has received a Diapason d'Or of the Year and the Midem Classical Music Award 2007 for best chamber music recording of the year.
Their most recent recording, Mendelssohn's piano trios has just been awarded 'Chamber Music CD of the Month' by the BBC Music Magazine in UK, Fono Forum in Germany and Luister in Netherlands.
Besides numerous radio and television recordings (Radio France, BBC, ARD, France 2, Mezzo), the French-German television company ARTE made a film on the Trio Wanderer, broadcast in June 2003.
Heralded by the professional music world, the Trio Wanderer was awarded a Victoire de la Musique in 1997 and another Victoire in 2000 for Best Chamber Music Ensemble of the year.
Trio Wanderer is honoured to be sponsored by the Accenture Foundation