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Trio Jean Paul

Eckart Heiligers | Piano
Ulf Schneider | Violin
Martin Löhr | Violoncello


“The Trio Jean Paul played with excitement and grace and brought out the most beautiful in every movement. The result was wonderfully balanced chamber music to sink into.”

The Trio Jean Paul has remained unchanged for more than three decades and continues to rank among the most successful and consistent 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 and Canada.

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 Hannover followed. Currently, the trio is dedicated to the new composition commissioned from Tobias Rokahr.

Numerous CD productions by the trio with CAvi-music garnered prizes: The recording of Brahm’s Trio in B major and Schoenberg’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 were distinguished with the Supersonic-Award. In 2015 their CD featuring piano trios by Joseph Haydn 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.

For more information, visit the homepage www.triojeanpaul.de.


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 with Jens Ellermann, Masao Kawasaki, Felix Galimir and Thomas Zehetmair.
In addition to his worldwide concert activities with the trio, he has a continuous collaboration with the Bartholdy Quintet and the pianists Jan Philip Schulze and Stephan Imorde. He particularly enjoys developing programs in which language and music enter into a special connection with one another.
Ulf Schneider has been a professor at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media for 20 years. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses and competitions as a juror.

Further information: www.ulfschneider-violine.de

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 of the Berlin Philharmonic, 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 2023/2024 | Photos: Irène Zandel | Quote: Westfälischer Anzeiger, March 6 2020.
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The Trio Jean Paul in Freiburg

5 October 2023

Tonight the Trio Jean Paul comes to Freiburg for a performance at the Albert Konzerte. The three established musicians will present a complex programme of Rihm’s Fremde Szene […] more ...

Beethoven Triple Concerto with Trio Jean Paul

7 October 2021

The Trio Jean Paul is spending the weekend in Bielefeld to perform two concerts together with the Bielefelder Philharmoniker. Under the direction of Alexander Kalajdzic the musicians will […] more ...

Trio Jean Paul and Andreas Ottensamer performing in Kempen

24 May 2019

On May 25th the Trio Jean Paul will bring a great program around Beethoven’s ‘Archduke Trio’ combined with Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps together with clarinetist […] more ...

The Trio Jean Paul at Liederhalle Stuttgart

5 March 2019

On March 7th the Trio Jean Paul performs at the Liederhalle Stuttgart. The program includes works by Haydn, Schönberg and Beethoven. 7.03.2019 Liederhalle Stuttgart Mozartsaal more ...

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- Season Programs 2025/26

4 July 2024

Eckart Heiligers | Piano Ulf Schneider | Violin Martin Löhr | Violoncello   “It is very rare to experience so much emotion and conviction at such a high level. And […] more ...

Trio Jean Paul – Mendelssohn-Brahms-Schumann-Cycle

17 November 2023

Eckart Heiligers | Piano Ulf Schneider | Violin Martin Löhr | Violoncello   “The Trio Jean Paul played with tension and grace, bringing out the most beautiful in […] more ...

Trio Jean Paul – Rihm Trio Concerto

5 September 2022

Ulf Schneider | Violin Martin Löhr | Violoncello Eckhart Heiligers | Piano   Christoph Zimmermann wrote about the work on klassikinfo.de: “Rihm’s latest work combines both styles [Romantic […] more ...

Trio Jean Paul with Andreas Ottensamer

17 September 2021

Andreas Ottensamer | Clarinet Eckart Heiligers | Piano Ulf Schneider | Violin Martin Löhr | Violoncello “Andreas Ottensamer and the Trio Jean Paul impressed with a sensitive rendition […] more ...

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With orchestra

Beethoven Tripel concert C major op.56
Rihm Trio Concerto

With piano

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

Trio (2010)

D’un martin de printemps
D’un soir sad

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)

Trio op. 3

Trio Epitaphs sans mots (2003)
written for the Trio Jean Paul

Piano Trio in F minor op. 65

Lumina (1993)


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

Trio No. 2

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

Trio op. 20

F. Martin
Trio on Irish folk tunes

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

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

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

Trio op. 45

Trio in A minor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Piano Quartet with viola or clarinet

contrasts Sz 111

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

Piano Quartet in E-flat major op. 87

Quatuor pour la fin du temps

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

Piano Quartet in E-flat major op. 47

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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: 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: 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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