Vincent Coq (piano), Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian (violin), Raphaël Pidoux (violoncello)
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. The Wanderer musicians, who studied with grand masters such as Jean-Claude Pennetier, Jean Hubeau, and Menahem Pressler of the Beaux-Arts Trio and the Amadeus Quartet, won the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1988 and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in the USA in 1990. From 1988 to 1990, they took master classes in chamber music at the Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron – classes which they now teach.
Called a Wandering Star by the Strad Magazine, the Trio has performed on the most prestigious music stages: Berlin’s Philharmonic, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs Elysées, London’s Wigmore Hall, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica, Washington’s Library of Congress, Bejin’s Opera, Rio de Janeiro’s Teatro Municipal, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. They have also performed at major festivals such as Edinburgh, Montreux, Feldkirch, Schleswig Holstein, Rheingau Musiksommmer, Colmar, La Roque d’Anthéron, the Folles Journées de Nantes, Granada, Stresa, Osaka and three times at Salzburg festival.
They have on many occasions collaborated with artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Christopher Hogwood, James Loughran, Marco Guidarini, Ken-David Masur, François-Xavier Roth, Charles Dutoit and James Conlon, accompanied, in triple or double concertos, by orchestras as Toulouse, Nice, Montpellier, Liège, Santiago de Chile, La Coruna, Teneriffe, by Les Siècles orchestra, Radio-France’s Orchestre National and Orchestre Philharmonique, Berlin’s Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Graz’s Philharmonic Orchester, Köln’s Gürzenich Orchester, Stockholm Chamber Orchestra…
After producing two CDs released by Sony Classical, the Wanderer Trio began a new partnership with harmonia mundi in 1999. Since then, nine 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 2005, a new CD dedicated to the Martinu’s Triple Concerti was issued by Capriccio.
With a particular fondness for contemporary music, the Wanderer Trio has premiered several works by Thierry Escaich (Lettres Mêlées, 2004), Bruno Mantovani (Huits Moments Musicaux, 2008), Frank Michael Beyer (Lichtspuren, 2008) and Marco Francescini (Triple Concerto ‘Ego’, 2011). This interest has resulted in recordings produced by Universal Accord (works by Thierry Escaich) and soon by Mirare (Mantovani, to be released in 2012). An auspicious meeting with the Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair led the Trio to make a recording with him of the folksongs of Beethoven, Haydn and Pleyel, released by Cypres Records in 2009. In 2012, the complete Beethoven piano trios was released by harmonia mundi. 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 recent interpretation of Mendelssohn’s piano trios the new reference.
Trio Wanderer’s 2012-2013 engagements included three concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, performances at Salzburg Festival, Wien Musikverein, Schleswig-Holstein festival, la Roque d’Anthéron Festival for the complete Beethoven piano trios, in Aachen where they started a three year residency for the Accordate concert society as well as concerts in Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Taïwan, Japan…
Trio Wanderer has won the prestigious Victoires de la musique award for Best Instrumental Ensemble of the Year three times (1997, 2000 and 2009).