Künstlersekretariat - Astrid Schoerke

Trio Jean Paul

Eckart Heiligers, piano
Ulf Schneider, violin
Martin Löhr, violoncello

 

The Trio Jean Paul in its present form has remained unchanged for more than 2 decades and continues to rank among the most successful and sought-after chamber music ensembles today. The trio captivates audiences around the world with its sophisticated ensemble culture, keen sense of tonal aesthetics not to mention the musicality of the three artists with their poised style.

Their career together started with first prizes at competitions in Melbourne and Osaka as well as at the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb. The name of the ensemble was also quickly set: Jean Paul was the favorite poet of Robert Schumann, whose works are particularly dear to the trio. As more than a mere namesake to the trio, the name reveals the musicians primary aim: to explore the similarities of music and language and make it audible for the audience.

Their engagements regularly take the ensemble to major concert halls around the world such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Berliner Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels or Wigmore Hall in London. Their extensive tours take them to the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria.

The ensemble’s work focuses on the performance of contemporary repertoire, which also includes numerous original premieres by famous composers. Wolfgang Rihm dedicated his “Trio Concerto” to the ensemble which the Trio premiered in 2014 at the Berliner Philharmonie together with the WDR Sinfonieorchester under Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Further performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover followed.

Numerous CD productions by the trio garnered prizes: The recording of Brahm’s Trio in B major and Schönberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” was awarded the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”; the recording of the two Mendelssohn trios in 2009 and the Schubert trios in 2012 under the CAvi Music label were distinguished with the “Supersonic-Award”. In 2015 their CD featuring piano trios by Joseph Haydn (also under the CAvi-Music label) was brought on the market. At least the Trio enthuses with their CD of Brahm’s String Sextets arranged for Piano Trio by the composer’s friend Theodor Kirchner.

 

Short biographies

Eckart Heiligers, piano
studied under Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover and Leon Fleisher in Baltimore (USA). His achievements earned numerous scholarships early on from  the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb as well as a France Graage Performance Scholarship. Eckart Heiligers delivered award-winning performances at numerous international competitions in Vercelli, Athens, Salt Lake City, Oslo and others. His concert work is characterised by tremendous breadth as  he regularly performs as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. He also serves as professor for piano and chamber music at the Zurich University of the Arts. His work also has him offering master classes both in Germany and abroad as well as participating as a jury member at international music competitions.

Ulf Schneider, violin
studied in Hanover, New York and Berlin under Jens Ellermann, Masao Kawasaki, Felix Galimir and Thomas Zehetmair. During his studies, he won numerous prizes as well as scholarships and was a member of the Zehetmair Quartett for several years. Today, he performs internationally both as a soloist as well as in various chamber music formations ranging from the duo to quintet.
The recordings of his ensemble with the Ars Musici, Membran, Cavi and ECM labels have earned widespread praise and accolades among the critical press.
Ulf Schneider plays a Carlo Giuseppe Testore instrument from 1725 –  a generous loan from a private collector from Germany arranged by Violin Assets GmbH.

Martin Löhr, violoncello
completed his studies under Wolfgang Mehlhorn in Hamburg, Zara Nelsova at the Juilliard School in New York and Wolfgang Boettcher at the Berlin University of the Arts. He is also a recipient of a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, a Masefield scholarship, was included in the Federal Selection of Concerts for Young Artists and was awarded the prize of the Mozartgesellschaft Wiesbaden. In 1995, he won 1st prize at the “Jeunesses Musicales” International Cello Competition in Belgrade.
Martin Löhr is a solo cellist for the Berliner Philharmoniker, teaches at the Orchestra Academy and is a regular lecturer at master courses in Germany and abroad. His extensive concert performances include, in addition to orchestral concerts, solo performances as well as chamber music in a variety of formations.

Season 2017/2018
Changes and abridgement must be coordinated with Künstlersekretariat Astrid Schoerke GmbH

Trio Jean Paul: Concerts in Northern Germany

10 April 2018

The Trio Jean Paul can be heard this April with 3 concerts in Northern Germany. The concerts will begin on April 11th at the Schlosstheater Celle, on April […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen with the Tio Jean Paul at the Beethovenfest in Bonn

18 September 2017

The Beethovenfest in Bonn has a long tradition: it first took place in 1845 on the occasion of Beethoven’s 75th birthday in his homeland. The Tio Jean Paul […] more ...

Trio Jean Paul on tour in Canada

14 September 2016

Audiences in Calgary and Kingston can look forward to extraordinary musical performances  by the Trio Jean Paul that will feature a sophisticated musical programme. With Hayden, Beethoven and […] more ...

Trailer for new Trio Jean Paul CD

5 January 2016

Trio Jean Paul is releasing a new CD true to the motto “sextets performed as piano trios” where the Trio plays both string sextets no. 1 and 2 […] more ...

New Brahms CD from Trio Jean Paul

13 November 2015

Trio Jean Paul is releasing a new CD true to the motto “sextets performed as piano trios” where the Trio plays both string sextets no. 1 and 2 […] more ...

Trio Jean Paul Seasons 2019-2020

26 October 2017

Eckart Heiligers, piano Ulf Schneider, violin Martin Löhr, violoncello   Program suggestion I: Mozart                 Trio B major K 502 Mendelssohn      Trio D minor op. 49 *** Beethoven          Trio […] more ...

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Beethoven
Variations on “I am the tailor Cockatoo” op. 121b
Piano Trio E flat major op. 1 no. 1
Piano trio in G major op. 1 no. 2
Piano Trio in C minor op. 1 No. 3
Piano Trio in B flat major op. 11 “Gassenhauer Trio”
Variations in E flat major op. 44
Piano Trio D major op. 70 No. 1 “Ghost Trio”
Piano trio E flat major op. 70 no. 2
Piano Trio in B flat major op. 97 “Archduke Trio”
Piano trio C major op. 87
Triple Concerto in C major op. 56

Birtwistle
Trio (2010)

Boulanger
D’un martin de printemps
D’un soir sad

Brahms
Piano Trio in B Major op. 8 (version 1854)
Piano trio C major op. 87
Piano Trio in C minor op. 101
String sextet in B flat major op. 18 (edited by Kirchner)
String Sextet in G major op. 36 (edited by Kirchner)

Chausson
Trio op. 3

Chong
Trio “Epitaphs sans mots” (2003)
written for the trio Jean Paul

Dvořák
Piano Trio in F minor op. 65

Giseler
“Lumina” (1993)

Gürsching
Trio

Haydn
Trio in E Minor Hob. XV: 12
Trio in D major Hob. XV: 16
Trio in D minor Hob. XV: 23
Trio in F Sharp Minor Hob. XV: 26
Trio in C major Hob. XV: 27
Trio in E flat major Hob. XV: 29 “In the German style”
Trio in E flat major Hob. XV: 30

Kagel
Trio No. 2

Kerry
Trio No. 2 “In the Wind”
dedicated to the trio Jean Paul

V. D. Kirchner
Piano Trio “Schumann in Endenich” (1979)
Piano Trio “Sunken Places” (2004)
written for the trio Jean Paul

Leibowitz
Trio op. 20

F. Martin
Trio on Irish folk tunes

Mozart
Trio in G major KV 496
Trio in B flat major KV 502
Trio in E major KV 542
Trio in C major KV 548

Mendelssohn
Trio in D minor op. 49
Trio in C minor op. 66

Parra
Trio No. 2 (2006)
dedicated to the trio Jean Paul

Pierné
Trio op. 45

Ravel
Trio in A minor

M. C. Redel
Trio “Shadow Lines”
written for the trio Jean Paul

Rihm
Trio (1972)
Foreign scenes I-III
Trio Concerto (2014)

Shostakovich
Trio No. 1 in C minor op. 8
Trio No. 2 in E minor op. 67

Schönberg
Verklärte Nacht op. 4
(edited by E. Steuermann / Trio Jean Paul)
Sonnet No. 217 by Petrarch (edit for piano trio)

Schubert
Trio B major D 898
Trio in E major D 929
Sonata B-major D 28
Notturno in E flat major D 897

Schumann
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor op. 63
Piano Trio No. 2 in F major op. 80
Piano Trio No. 3 g minor op. 110
Fantasy Pieces op. 88

C. Schumann
Trio in G minor op. 17

R. Smalley
Trio

Vasks
Episodi e canto perpetuo (Homage to O Messiaen) (1985)

 

Piano Quartet with viola or clarinet

Bartók
contrasts Sz 111

Brahms
Piano Quartet in C minor op. 60
Horn Trio in E flat major op. 40

Dvořák
Piano Quartet in E flat major op. 87

Messiaen
Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Mozart
Piano Quartet in G minor KV 478
Piano quartet in E flat major KV 493

Schumann
Piano Quartet in E flat major op. 47

Brahms
String Sextet No. 1 B flat Major op. 18 arr. for piano trio by Theodor Kirchner
String Sextet No. 2 G Major op. 36 arr. for piano trio by Theodor Kirchner
CAvi Music 8553340 (2015)

Haydn
Piano trio C Major Hob. XV: 27
Piano trio D Minor Hob. XV: 23
Piano trio E Minor Hob. XV: 12
Piano trio F sharp Minor Hob. XV: 26
CAvi Music 8553311 (2014)

Schubert
Piano trio B flat Major D 898
Piano trio E flat Major D 929
Sonata in one movement B flat Major D 28
Notturno E flat Major D 897
awarded the Supersonic-Award
CAvi Music 8553236 (2012)

Mendelssohn
Piano trio No. 1 D Minor op. 49
Piano trio No. 2 C Minor op. 66
awarded the Supersonic-Award
CAvi Music 8553141 (2009)

Brahms/Schoneberg
Piano Trio No. 1 B Major  op. 8 (Version 1854)
“Verklärte Nacht” op. 4 (arr. for piano trio by Eduard Steuermann 1921/32)
awarded the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik“
AM 1383-2 Ars Musici (2005)

E.T.A. Hoffmann/Beethoven
Hoffmann: Piano trio
Beethoven: Piano trio E flat Major op. 70 No. 2
(inlcuding a reading by Peter Härtling)
AM 1337-2 Ars Musici (2003)

Beethoven
Piano trio G Major op. 1 No. 2
Piano trio E flat Major op. 70 No. 2
AM 1335-2 Ars Musici (2002)

Schumann/Rihm
Schumann: Piano trio No. 1 D Minor op. 63
Schumann: Piano trio No. 2 F  Major op. 80
Schumann: Piano trio No. 3 G minor op. 110
Rihm: Foreign Scenes I-III
Rihm: Trio (1972)
AM 1241-2 Ars Musici (1999)

Beethoven/Haydn/Shostakovich
Beethoven: Piano trio E flat Major op. 1 No. 1
Haydn: Piano trio E flat Major Hob. XV: 29
Shostakovich: Piano trio No. 2 E flat Minor op. 67
AMP 5065-2 Ars Musici (1996)

Beethoven/Smalley/Schumann
Beethoven: Piano trio D Major  op. 70 No. 1 “Geistertrio”
Smalley: Piano trio (1991)
Schumann: Piano trio No. 2 F Major op. 80
Live recording Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 1995
Animato: ACD 6017-3 (1995)

 

TRIO JEAN PAUL plays BRAHMS String Sextets arr. by Th. Kirchner for Piano Trio

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