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Trio Gaspard

Nicholas Rimmer | Piano
Jonian Ilias Kadesha | Violin
Vashti Hunter | Violoncello

 

“Heartbreakingly honest, true to style and rich in color, with transparency and good agogics. This trio belongs to another league.”

Trio Gaspard has championed the entire breadth of piano trio repertoire to become one of the most sought-after trios of its generation, praised for its unique and fresh approach to the score. As well as exploring well-known classics, the players work with contemporary composers and research seldom-played masterpieces, sharing their discoveries with audiences at prestigious venues around the world.

Their curiosity for uncovering repertoire has led to recent performances of Ethyl Smyth’s Piano Trio in D minor at the BBC Proms, broadcast live by the BBC, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann rarely performed Présence: Ballet Blanc, alongside dancer Luka Fritsch, recorded live at the Pierre Boulez Saal and released on the trio’s “Live in Berlin” CD, in cooperation with Deutschlandradio.

Also committed to commissioning new works, the trio has launched an extensive project to commission composers such as Olli Mustonen, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Helena Winkelmann, Sally Beamish, Kit Armstrong, Johannes Fischer and Leonid Gorokhov to write companion pieces to Haydn’s piano trios. For its debut project with Chandos Records, the group is currently recording these works alongside Haydn’s originals. The second instalment of the project was released in 2023 to great critical acclaim and The Strad wrote of the first volume, “It’s truly a delight, and leaves this listener hungry for more.” Alongside their Haydn recordings, 2023 also saw the first release in a new series of Stories discs, focussing on different European cultural capitals and the composers associated with them. Berlin Stories was released in 2023 and included music by Mendelssohn, Juon and Skalkottas, with BBC Music Magazine and The Strad both awarding it five stars. Future discs in the series will focus on Prague and Budapest.

Trio Gaspard is regularly invited to major international concert halls including Berlin Philharmonie, Essen Philharmonie, Boulez Saal, Grafenegg Castle, Salle Molière Lyon and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Highlights of the 23–24 season include a residency at Wigmore Hall, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Uppsala Chamber Orchestra in Sweden and recitals at the prestigious series of the Amici Della Musica Firenze, Lucerne Chamber Music Society, Musik Theater Bern, Sibelius Academy Helsinki, Sage Gateshead and Heidelberger Frühling Festival.

Founded in 2010, the trio’s members hail from Germany, Greece and the UK. They studied at European Chamber Music Academy under Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet), Ferenc Rados, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Jérôme Pernoo and Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet), as well as with Hatto Beyerle. They were Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Northern College of Music (2017–19) and won first and special prizes at the Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar, the International Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna and the International Chamber Music Competition in Illzach, France.

All musicians are also successfully pursuing their careers as soloists. 

Short biographies

Nicholas Rimmer | Piano

has already performed on renowned stages such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Munich’s Gasteig, Zurich’s Tonhalle and Berlin’s Philharmonie and as a soloist and chamber musician at renowned festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Schwetzingen, Ludwigsburg, Grafenegg and Heidelberg. His CD recording with Nils Mönkemeyer was awarded the Echo Klassik in 2009, and his recording of Rihm’s complete works for violin and piano with Tianwa Yang received the Diapason d’Or, the Pizzicato Supersonic Award and the International Record Review ‘Outstanding’ Award. Rimmer studied piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover with Christopher Oakden. Since 2020, Rimmer has held a professorship in piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. He is a member of the Belli-Fischer-Rimmer trio in the unique and experimental instrumentation of trombone-percussion-piano.

Jonian Ilias Kadesha | Violin

is pursuing a successful career as a soloist and has already performed with renowned orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Russian State Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Sir András Schiff, the London Mozart Players and the Aurora Orchestra. He is keen to expand the standard repertoire and can be heard, for example, with the Skalkottas Violin Concerto, Hillborg’s Bach Materia or the world premiere of Giovanni Sollima’s Tyche. Kadesha studied at the Kronberg Academy with Antje Weithaas and is a laureate of international violin competitions. He is also a member of the Kelemen Quartet and co-founder of the Caerus Chamber Ensemble.

Vashti Hunter | Violoncello

enjoys a diverse career as a soloist and chamber musician, and is a regular guest at leading music festivals and concert halls concert halls such as the Wigmore Hall, the Rudolfinum Prague, the Salle Moliere Lyon, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Pierre Boulez Hall, among others. She studied in London and Hannover with Leonid Gorokhov and in Berlin with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. A very important influence is cellist Steven Isserlis, with whom she studied for many years at IMS Prussia Cove. Vashti Hunter is now a professor herself at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz and teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und Medien in Hannover. Vashti Hunter is also a member of the renowned Kelemen Quartet.

Season 2023/2024 | Photos: Andrej Grilc | Quote: Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 2022
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Trio Gaspard at Musikdorf Ernen

25 June 2024

This week, the Trio Gaspard is in the beautiful Swiss ‘Musikdorf Ernen’ to play seven concerts with seven different programmes. The musicians have a very colourful selection of […] more ...

New album by the Trio Gaspard: Vol. 3 of the Haydn project

10 May 2024

The new album by the Trio Gaspard is being released today on Chandos. Jonian Ilias Kadesha, Vashti Hunter and Nicholas Rimmer are now presenting the third instalment in […] more ...

Trio Gaspard at Heidelberger Frühling

10 April 2024

The Trio Gaspard will be performing a colourful programme tomorrow evening at the Heidelberger Frühling in the auditorium of the Old University. In addition to pieces by Haydn, […] more ...

Trio Gaspard at the Elbphilharmonie

17 August 2023

This weekend, the Trio Gaspard will play a concert in Hamburg at the Elbphilharmonie. As part of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Jonian Ilias Kadesha, Vashti Hunter and Nicholas […] more ...

New album series by the Trio Gaspards

23 June 2023

Today sees the release of the first album in a series of recordings on which the Trio Gaspard has drawn inspiration from various cities. Berlin Stories thus features […] more ...

The Trio Gaspard at the Boulez Saal

21 April 2023

Tonight, the Trio Gaspard, consisting of Jonian Ilias Kadesha, Vashti Hunter and Nicholas Rimmer, will be performing at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. Together with sopranist Katharina […] more ...

Welcome Trio Gaspard!

21 February 2023

We are pleased to welcome Trio Gaspard, which includes Jonian Ilias Kadesha, whom we have represented for some time, as well as Vashti Hunter on cello and Nicholas […] more ...

Trio Gaspard – Haydn Vol. 2

17 January 2023

Today, the Trio Gaspard is releasing their second edition of Haydn’s complete piano trios with Chandos. As well as with the first record, Haydn’s works (this time trios […] more ...

Trio Gaspard – craving for Haydn

15 July 2022

Since their foundation in 2010, Haydn has always been a landmark composer for Trio Gaspard. Today, the first CD of the complete recording of his piano trios is […] more ...

Trio Gaspard “Stories”

20 May 2024

Nicholas Rimmer | Piano Jonian Ilias Kadesha | Violin Vashti Hunter | Violoncello   In addition to the complete recording of all Haydn trios, the travel-loving Trio Gaspard […] more ...

Trio Gaspard 25/26

19 May 2024

Nicholas Rimmer | Piano Jonian Ilias Kadesha | Violin Vashti Hunter | Violoncello   Program 1 Haydn Trio in F minor Hob. XV:f1 or Haydn Trio in E […] more ...

Trio Gaspard 24/25

18 May 2024

Nicholas Rimmer | Piano Jonian Ilias Kadesha | Violin Vashti Hunter | Violoncello   Program 1 Haydn Piano trio tba 12′ H. Winkelmann Threesome in a high-den (Trio […] more ...

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Haydn, The Complete Piano Trios, Vol. 3
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 19 F major, Hob. XV:6
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 43 C major, Hob. XV:27
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 25 E minor, Hob. XV:12
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 12 E-flat major, Hob. XV:36
Kit Armstrong: Revêtements
Chandos Records CHAN 20279 (2024)

Trio Gaspard – Berlin Stories
F. Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 op. 66
Paul Juon: Litaniae op. 70
Nikos Skalkottas: Eight variations on a Greek folk tune
Chandos Records CHAN 20271 (2023)

Haydn, The Complete Piano Trios, Vol. 2
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 7 G major, Hob. XV: 41
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 21  B flat major, Hob. XV: 8
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 33 G minor, Hob XV: 19
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 35 C major, Hob. XV: 21
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 45 E-flat major, Hob. XV:29
Leonin Gorokhov: For Gaspard
Chandos Records CHAN 20270 (2023)

Haydn, The Complete Piano Trios, Vol. 1
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 32 A major op. 70 No. 1, Hob. XV: 18
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 38  D major op. 73 No. 1, Hob. XV: 24
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 40 F-sharp minor op. 73 No. 3, Hob XV: 26
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 23 E-flat major op. 42 No. 3, Hob. XV: 10
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 20 D major op. 40 No. 2, Hob. XV: 7
Johannes Fischer: One Bar Wonder
Chandos Records CHAN 20244 (2022)

Russian Roots
Beethoven: Four Russian folk songs in arrangement WoO 158a
Strawinsky: Pastorale
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Jewish Songs op. 13
Shostakovich: Trio No. 1 op. 8
Sofia Gubaidulina: Letter to the poetess Rimma Dalos
Rachmaninov: Vocalise op. 34 No. 14
Shostakovich: Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok op. 127
Lera Auerbach: Postscriptum
with Katharina Konradi (Soprano)
Chandos Records CHAN 20245 (2022)

Live in Berlin
Haydn | Zimmermann | Schubert
Haydn: Piano Trio No. 44 (H15: 28)
Bernd A. Zimmermann: Presence, Ballet Blanc for Piano Trio & speaker
Schubert: Piano Trio E-flat major D. 929
CAvi-music B086BDVP5B (2019)

Haydn: The Complete Piano Trios, Vol. 2 – Trio Gaspard

Haydn: The Complete Piano Trios, Vol. 1 – Trio Gaspard

Haydn: Trio in G Major XV:25, “Gypsy” III. Presto – Trio Gaspard

Beethoven, Turnage & Ravel – Debut @ Berlin Philharmonie

Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat Major op. 100 – Trio Gaspard

B. A. Zimmermann: “Présence” Ballet blanc en cinq scènes – Trio Gaspard & Luka Fritsch

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