Wanderer Trio
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Jean-Claude Pennetier, Jean Hubeau, Janos Starker, Menahem Pressler from the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Amadeus Quartet

First Prize: for chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris
First Prize: ARD Competition in Munich 1988
First Prize: Fischoff Chamber Music Competition USA 1990
harmonia mundi, Capriccio, Cypres Records
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Vincent Coq | piano
Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian | violin
Raphaël Pidoux | violoncello

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 understanding of each other and technical mastery, the Trio Wanderer is one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.
In 1988, they won the ARD Competition in Munich and, in 1990, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in the USA.

After producing two CDs released by Sony Classical, the Wanderer Trio began a new partnership with harmonia mundi in 1999. Since then, twenty recordings have been released: trios by Chausson, Ravel, Haydn, Shostakovich, Copland, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn, Smetana, the complete piano trios of Schubert and Brahms, Schubert’s Trout Quintet Schubert, Hummel’s Quintet, Beethoven Triple Concerto conducted by James Conlon, and pieces of Liszt and Messiaen.

In 2012, the complete Beethoven piano trios has been released by Harmonia Mundi followed in 2013 by Tchaïkovsky piano trio op. 50 and Arensky piano trio op. 32, Fauré and Pierné piano trios in 2014, Brahms piano trio op. 8 (1854 version) and piano quartet op. 60 in 2016, Dvorák piano trios op. 90 and op. 65 in 2017 and in 2018, by a recording dedicated to Haydn Trios HOB XV : 14, 18, 21, 26 et 31.

Their recordings have been awarded several prizes including Choc du Monde de la Musique, Fanfare’s Want List, Critic’s Choice of Gramophone, CD of the Month’ by the BBC Music Magazine, Klassik.com Empfehlung, Cds des Monat Fono Forum, Diapason d’Or of the Year, Midem International Classical Music Award… The New York Times declared their interpretation of Mendelssohn’s piano trios the new reference and this past March Trio Wanderer’s ‘Schubert Trout Quintet and Hummel Quintet recording has been included in Forbes’s Top Quality Music Library. Besides numerous radio and television recordings (Radio France, BBC, ARD, Mezzo), the French-German television company ARTE made a film on the Trio Wanderer, broadcast in June 2003.

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