Whoever wrote a string trio during the 20th century usually had something urgent to say. Perhaps that is why the string trio today is such an immodest genre. While string quartets almost of their own accord demand to be heard in each other's company, the string trio prefers to remain alone. Due to its strongly extravagant character, it looks down on other works of its kind. It almost seems as if it did not want to be classed as a genre. It is all-too noticeable that many composers only attempted to write a trio for violin, viola and cello a single time in their careers; that is also the case with Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis. Their string trios form striking moments, indeed moments of creative intensification, in their development as composers. The Mondrian Ensemble was founded in 2000, its members being : Daniela Müller, violin; Christian Zgraggen, viola; Martin Jaggi, cello; and Walter Zoller, piano. In that same year, the ensemble's string trio won the first prize of the Concours Nicati (the competition for the interpretation of contemporary music held by the Swiss Musicians' Association). The Mondrian Ensemble has given concerts with varying instrumental combinations in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Besides being intensively occupied with the Classical and Romantic repertoires, it is a particular concern of the Ensemble's four musicians to engage with modern and new music.
Daniela Müller, Violine, Christian Zgraggen, Viola, Martin Jaggi, Violoncello, Walter Zoller, Klavier, Daniel Sailer, Kontrabass als Gast.
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